Uthappa sends KKR into IPL final

2014-05-29 00:00

OPENER Robin Uthappa once again led the way for the Kolkata Knight Riders as they easily booked their place in the Indian Premier League final with a comfortable 28-run victory over the Kings XI Punjab in their postponed first qualifier match at Eden Gardens yesterday.

Uthappa laid the platform for the Knight Riders to post 163 for eight batting first with a quick-fire 42 from 30 balls, although good contributions throughout the middle order and a flurry of runs at the death were equally responsible for the potent total on a tricky pitch.

Punjab failed to put the target of 164 under any real threat, as they limped to 135 for eight in their 20 overs in the face of some wonderfully disciplined Kolkata bowling.

Umesh Yadav was the pick of the KKR bowlers, as he picked up 3-13 in his four overs, although Morné Morkel also provided good value with figures of 4-0-23-2.

Also last night, the Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets.

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