It was a day when the two victorious teams, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils, achieved their wins with proper team performances rather than relying on individual brilliance.
If you had to pick out one performer from the day, then it perhaps has to be Robin Uthappa. The KKR wicket-keeper batsman rode his luck during his knock of 68, but it was a very important innings in the context of the match.
Uthappa came into bat in the third over of the match and was lucky to survive the first delivery he faced as he quite clearly seemed to have guided the ball off the face of his bat to Naman Ojha behind the stumps but was given not out.
The 31-year-old made full use of that opportunity to bring up the 18th half-century of his IPL career. He went on score 68 from just 39 balls, with five fours and four sixes to his name.
Uthappa was ably supported by Manish Pandey as the duo added a 77-run partnership for the third wicket.
The Knight Riders would eventually go on to win the game by 17 runs and Uthappa was named as the Player of the Match.
Table toppers 😎 Brilliant hitting from Robin & Manish. Bowlers finished the game for us. Excited for our upcoming games. #KKRvSRH— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) April 15, 2017
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