He doesn't need long at the crease to win this market and at 13/2 is joyously overpriced, particularly in an anticipated low scoring game. Earlier Mumbai bowlers vindicated their skipper's decision to bowl first as they bundled Kolkata out for 107 in 18.5 overs.
Uthappa, though would like to forget the previous match after he scored just one when he was asked to open the innings with Lynn.
KKR will now face Mumbai Indians at the same venue on Friday, with the victor taking on Rising Pune Supergiant in the final in Hyderabad two days later. We have different plans for different batsmen.
"Had we had wickets, we could have targetted one or two bowlers".
A downpour followed at the mid-innings break which stopped play for more than three hours and when the rains finally stopped, Kolkata were given a revised target of 48 to win from six overs.
KKR captain Gautam Gambhir was disappointed that his side missed out, but felt it was hard to stage a fightback after being 31 for five at one stage. Seeing Jaggi venture down the track, Karn speared it flat, and ensured the batsmen did not get under the ball. They have also got recent experience of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium surface and I'll take the slightly better Exchange price of [1.98] on KKR.
Karn was named Man of the Match. We could have had two cracks at the top two. An injury to Krunal then provided the opening for Karn, who also takes the ball away from right-hand batsmen.
For Narine, they were asked to bowl stump to stump line as he swings his bat at every possible opportunity.
KKR, who lost four out of seven matches in the latter half of the season, will have to play out of their skins to make it to the second qualifier.
The fall of three Kolkata Knight Riders wickets in the powerplay overs, managing just 25 runs was a huge loss for Gambhir's side. He was as expected full of confidence post the win and talked about what worked for his team in the all-important game.
It was a good journey for KKR throughout this season's IPL.
"I was just really exhausted, headaches, I got a bit sick but there wasn't rehab or anything like that, I just had to lay in bed and wait to get right".
Fit-again Coulter-Nile looked in good shape too, taking the wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (24; 26b; 2x4, 1x6) who hit a good length delivery outside off stump straight to Suryakumar Yadav - playing in place of injured Manish Pandey - at extra cover. He didn't bowl his quota of four overs (despite bowling well) in the last game against Rising Pune Supergiant and even against Knight Riders, Rohit brought him to bowl the easier overs. Karn doesn't think so. "That's why we were in the game and won the game". "[Three out of three losses] is in past".