The old adage goes that catches win you matches and that was evident once again on Wednesday when Jaydev Unadkat dropped a pretty simple chance off Robin Uthappa’s bat at deep square-leg. With the catch, Pune also lost the match as Uthappa single-handedly snatched the game away from the hosts’ reach and ultimately, KKR reached home with 11 balls to spare.
Batting on 12, Uthappa tried to slog sweep Imran Tahir into the square-leg fence. He got the height but not the distance as the ball headed straight to Jaydev Unadkat. But Unadkat made a complete mess of it with KKR’s score on 47/1 after 6.3 overs.
At that point, KKR still needed 136 runs at a required rate of almost 10 runs an over. Uthappa too had managed to hit just 2 boundaries off the 12 balls that he had faced till then.
The dropped chance went for a boundary and what happened next was complete carnage. Uthappa took the Pune bowling to the cleaners to firstly bring up his 50 off just 26 balls and then finally finish with seven boundaries and six sixes as the Pune bowlers looked clueless.
In fact, Pune skipper Steven Smith made no bones about the fact that dropped chances cost RPS the game. Incidentally, Gautam Gambhir too had been dropped. Washington Sundar dropped Gambhir when the latter was batting on 32. A mistimed pull was headed straight to Sundar off Dan Christian’s bowling, but he failed to hold onto that one.
“We put down a few catches and it proved costly, we need to work on our fielding. It has happened in a few games in a row and we need to change it. Not sure if it's an attitude problem. But, hopefully, we can improve on our fielding,” he said.