Kolkata wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa hit 83 not out as the Knight Riders secured their IPL play-off place with a 30-run victory over Bangalore Royal Challengers at Eden Gardens.
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The win puts the Knight Riders on 16 points and they now join Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in qualifying for the play-offs, while defeat ended Bangalore's hopes of progressing.
Uthappa hit 10 fours and a six in his 51-ball innings in which he occupied the crease for the full 20 overs, sharing a 121-run partnership with Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan at a run-rate of more than 10-an-over.
The pair took Kolkata from 56-3 to 177-4 late in the 18th over, when Shakib was bowled by Abu Nechim for 60. The Knight Riders finished on 195-4.
The star-studded batting line-up of Bangalore could not keep up with the rate, despite 45 from opener Yogesh Takawale and captain Virat Kolhi hitting 38.
The Royal Challengers finished 30 runs short on 165-5, mainly thanks to the efforts of spinner Sunil Narine (4-20).