Robin Uthappa © IANS (File Photo)
Robin Uthappa © IANS (File Photo)

 

May 22, 2014

 

After losing Manish Pandey and Gautam Gambhir early in the piece in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 game played at Eden Gardens, Yusuf Pathan took over by playing some fine shots. He was particularly severe on Yuvraj Singh, the slow left arm orthodox by launching him down the ground for a towering six. At the other end, Robin Uthappa, the mainstay of their batting line-up this season was circumspect, as he looked to play himself. However, Yusuf his partner was ruled out by the third umpire as run out. It was a close decision but the bat seemed to be in the air and the third umpire ruled him out. Shakib Al Hasan came into bat at No 5 position in the batting line-up.

 

Earlier, Gambhir started on a bang by neatly playing a flick shot around the corner for a boundary. Gambhir then lost the plot by trying to repeat the shot, but was caught down the leg side by the wicketkeeper of Bangalore setup, Yogesh Takawale. A fine start by Bangalore, who are desperate to win the game to stay alive in the competition. The error prone, Ashok Dinda bowled the second over of the game for IPL 2014.

 

Pandey then played a square drive off Dinda’s bowling. It was another of those juicy half volleys bowled by Dinda. A fine start by Pandey. Bangalore bowlers need to keep taking wickets to keep the opposition on a tight leash.  The deck is good for batting and Kolkata will look for put the runs on the board.

 

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