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RR wins twister over KKR amid exciting Super Over

The ultimate Pepsi IPL 7 match 19 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on April 29, 2014 was tied between RR and KKR providing extreme excitement and some fabulous cricket. Both teams had come into their fifth match having won two and lost two. The ensuing tie between RR and KKR indicated that both the teams were at par. So the tense scenario of the Super Over was incident, the first instance in Pepsi IPL 7, yet the scores were tied on 11 runs each for KKR and RR. Amid extremely exhilarating circumstances RR claimed their two points as they were declared winners and edged past KKR as they had hit more number of boundaries during the regulation match.

Shane Watson the RR skipper upon winning the toss chose to bat in Abu Dhabi and Ajinkya Rahane and Nair opened the RR innings. Vinay Kumar of KKR bowled Nair on 1 in the third over to let the young sensation Sanju Samson join Rahane in the middle. RR cruised past the 50-run mark in the eighth over with these two meddling the ball well enough. Shakib Al Hasan scalped Samson on 20 making it 54 for 2 for RR. RR Captain Shane Watson and Rahane then build a valuable third-wicket partnership yielding 64 runs. Watson perished on 33 as he was unfortunately run-out. Rahane continued his good streak until he was caught at long-on going for a big hit off Vinay Kumar after having played a brilliant knock of 72 in the 20th over of the RR innings. Meanwhile Stuart Binny was dismissed for a duck, Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 18 and birthday boy James Faulkner remained unbeaten on 2. RR set up a competitive 152 for five for KKR to chase down and win. The KKR bowlers Vinay Kumar took two wickets with Morne Morkel and Shakib Al Hasan scalping one each.

KKR responded with skipper Gautam Gambhir and Manvinder Bisla taking strike against the onslaught of the RR bowlers. After some struggle Gambhir finally started to strike the ball having set his eye. However the KKR batting exhibited much to be desired in their top order as Bisla who could somehow manage only 3 in his maiden outing of the season was dismissed after having been frustrated by Kane Richardson. Next to leave was the experienced South African all rounder Jacques Kallis on 13 from 19 balls. Then Pandey followed suit on 19 whose wicket was claimed by RR spinner Tambe. In the meanwhile Gambhir held anchor for the KKR innings at the other end. Though Gambhir managed to get over his awful form of 3 ducks followed by a 1 in the last four innings his repertoire of shots left much to be desired from the KKR captain. The only shot that got runs for him was by running down the ball to third man. Gambhir’s batting was merely a shadow of the man who holds the record in IPL of having made five 50+ scores from as many matches on a trot twice over.

As a result of all this appalling performance of the KKR batsmen the required run-rate kept creeping up read 80 runs needed from the remaining 8 overs. Then came the cameos from the duel pack of heroes for KKR in the form of Suryakumar Yadav and Shakib Al Hasan who gave KKR a chance to tie the match after even Gambhir got out off the bowling of Rajat Bhatia in the 14th over of the innings after scoring 45. They did everything that the others had not done and made batting on the pitch seem easy and the job at hand dispensable. Their striking batting gave the run chase a fresh lease of life as the match which had seemed slipping away from KKR’s grip now had a equation of 16 runs required off 12 balls.

Then RR pacer and off color birthday boy Faulkner got back his sheen and brought back the match to RR’s advantage. Faulkner got rid of menacing Suryakumar on 31 from 19, Robin Uthappa without scoring and Vinay Kumar on 0 in the 19th over of the KKR innings. Shakib Al Hasan however did not loose his touch having watched the drama from the other end and dispatched the next delivery he faced to the fence. Finally with Sunil Narine unbeaten on 1 and Shakib Al Hasan on strike KKR needed three runs from the final ball of the innings for victory with Richardson bowling. Shakib Al Hasan unbeaten on 27 could manage only a double to tie the match as the scoreboard read 152 for eight.

Super Over in match 19 of Pepsi IPL 7

KKR batted first in the Super Over with Suryakumar, Shakib Al Hasan and Pandey as the chosen batsmen. Faulkner took the ball for RR. Yadav was run-out off the first ball while trying to steal a non existent double. Pandey took two consecutive singles before striking a thunderous maximum. In all KKR scored 12 off the Super Over.

RR had Watson and Smith facing the crafty Narine of KKR. The RR captain got a single; Smith got a double and a one. The RR captain was back on strike to produce a gem of a boundary amid the severely edgy ambiance in the stadium where each and every person was literally on their feet. Watson found a single and Smith a double to tie the scores in the Super Over as well.

RR however won taking home the two points on offer since they had a higher boundary count in the game. James Faulkner got the man of the match award for his marvelous bowling performance returning figures of 2-0-11-3.

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