Two unfortunate dismissals, both going against Kolkata Knight Riders, did not prevent Gautam Gambhir's men from posting a 7-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday night.
Chasing a target of 143, KKR were up for the challenge when Gambhir was adjudged out caught behind off Dale Steyn by English umpire Nigel Llong. Off the last delivery of Steyn's first over, Gambhir chased a widish away-swinging delivery and missed. Even the reaction of wicket-keeper Naman Ojha indicated that there was no edge. But not Llong.
What followed was an angry Gambhir, who was visibly unhappy with the umpire's blunder and was seen mouthing all his way to the dug out, even throwing his bat and gloves before taking his seat. Gambhir's actions will certainly keep match referee Ranjan Madugalle interested.
From eight for the loss of Gambhir, KKR repaired the early damage through in-form Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey, the duo sharing 51 for the second wicket. It was when Uthappa was unlucky in losing his wicket.
Batting beautifully while making 40 – he was dropped early on in his innings by Shikhar Dhawan – and set for another big knock, Uthappa was run out as his bat slipped from his hand while he tried to regain his crease. Uthappa would have been in had he not lost his willow.
Earlier, before the toss, Sunrisers replaced an out of form Shikhar Dhawan with Darren Sammy as the captain for the rest of the season. Team mentor VVS Laxman said on television, "We are hoping for a lot from Shikhar the batsman."
Relinquishing the captaincy did not really do Dhawan much good as he fell for 19. David Warner top-scored for SRH with 34 while Naman Ojha (22) and Irfan Pathan (23*) were the other useful contributors.