Robin Uthappa becomes sixth player to reach 4,000 runs in IPL history

Kolkata batsman Robin Uthappa on Sunday became the sixth player to score 4,000 runs in the history of the IPL. 

Robin Uthappa becomes sixth player to reach 4,000 runs in IPL history
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Kolkata batsman Robin Uthappa on Sunday became the sixth player to score 4,000 runs in the history of the IPL. 

Uthappa scored 54 off 35 balls against Mumbai -- his first fifty in IPL 2018 -- to take his tally to 4,037. Suresh Raina (4,801), Virat Kohli (4,775), Rohit Sharma (4,438), Gautam Gambhir (4,217) and David Warner (4,014) had previously achieved the feat.  

The match turned out to be a great success on a personal front for Uthappa. However, KKR's 13-run defeat at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai took the sheen off his achievement. 

Chasing 182 to win, KKR lost both openers early -- Chris Lynn (17) and Shubman Gill (7) -- but after that Robin Uthappa batted brilliantly to bring the visitors back into the contest. However, once Uthappa and Nitish Rana (31) were sent back in quick succession, KKR were back in familiar territory. 

The Mumbai bowlers choked the runs thereafter and even though captain Dinesh Karthik scored 36 not out off 26 balls, it wasn't enough as KKR (168/6) suffered their fifth defeat in 10 games. Mumbai, on the other hand, registered their fourth win in 10 games. Hardik Pandya with figures of 2/19 was Mumbai's best bowler on the day. 

Earlier in the day after being put into bat by Kolkata, Mumbai batted with great purpose with openers Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis taking the team off to a flier. 

Both looked in great control in a 91-run stand in 9.2 overs. Andre Russell provided KKR with the much-needed breakthrough with the wicket of fellow West Indian Lewis, who departed after scoring 43 off 28 balls. 

Rohit Sharma came up the batting order amid great expectations from home fans. However, he disappointed as Sunil Narine accounted for him in the 12th over. The Mumbai captain made just 11. Not long after, Russell struck again and this time sent back the dangerous-looking Suryakumar Yadav for 59 (off 39 balls).

It was Suryakumar's fourth fifty this season, third player to do so in IPL 2018 after Hyderabad's Kane Williamson and Delhi's Shreyas Iyer. He fell just one run short of becoming the second player after Chennai's Ambati Rayudu to reach the 400-run mark this season.

These quick wickets changed the complexion of the Mumbai innings and if it was not for Hardik's 20-ball 35* towards the end they wouldn't have reached 181/4. That effort by Hardik proved decisive for Mumbai in the end.

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