A turbo-charged fifty from Robin Uthappa and a more sedate one from Gautam Gambhir helped Kolkata Knight Riders chase down 183 with 11 balls to spare and reclaim the top spot. Their 158-run partnership – the second highest for KKR in the IPL – ruthlessly exposed the limitations in a Pune attack that was without Ben Stokes, who was nursing a niggle.
In Stokes’ absence, there was a case for Pune to pick either fast bowler Lockie Ferguson or legspinner Adam Zampa. Instead, they opted for a batsman in Faf du Plessis, who did not face a ball.
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