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May 22, 2014
Morne Morkel opened the bowling for Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. He extracted pace and bounce from the first over. Chris Gayle on the other hand struggled for timing and placement. It hasn’t been a good season for him in IPL 7. Umesh Yadav bowled the second over of the game. He too bowled with good pace. Gayle finaly opened up his shoulders with a short arm pull through mid wicket region. But he was dismissed by Umesh lbw for just six runs.
Earlier, Kolkata lost early wickets, while playing in a key a game against Bangalore. But Robin Uthappa and Shakib Al Hasan helped them to recover and reach 195 for the loss of four wickets on the board. Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan were out during the early part of their innings. Yusuf did play a few eye-catching shots, but then got run out.
It was Uthappa, who showcased his class by compiling a superlative half-century. He played shots all over the park including strokes over extra cover. He played his innings with precise metre of timing and placement. Uthappa made 83 not out for them.On the the other hand, Shakib-Al Hasan the all-rounder too shone brightly.
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