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first_imgRobin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, and Prasidh Krishna were left out from Kolkata Knight Riders’ playing XI for their crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday. | SRH vs KKR, IPL 2019 live score |KKR’s decision to leave out the three regular starters for their 10th match of IPL 2019 came after the trio had a forgettable night at the Eden Gardens a day ago against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Robin Uthappa’s axing was on the cards, considering his ordinary performances for KKR in the ongoing season. In fact, this is the first time Kolkata have dropped their star batsman who had played a key role in their title-winning campaigns in 2012 and 2014.Uthappa played a slow inning that arguably cost Kolkata Knight Riders two points in their previous match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Chasing a mammoth total of 214 after a Virat Kohli 100 at the Eden Gardens on Friday, Uthappa made 9 from 20 balls and put tremendous pressure on the rest of the batting unit.On the other hand, India’s premier wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav was taken to the cleaners by RCB batsmen as he conceded 59 runs in his four-over quota — the joint-worst figures for a spinner in IPL cricket.Kuldeep broke down after completing his spell on Friday as he was distraught after conceding 27 runs in his final over. RCB all-rounder Moeen Ali took him to the cleaners, hitting him for three sixes and two fours in the over.Kuldeep, who had been playing quite a lot of cricket at the international level, has lacked the x-factor in IPL this season. Kuldeep has managed to pick up just four wickets from nine matches at an economy rate close to 9 runs per over.advertisementFast bowler Prasidh Krishna also faced the axe after conceding 52 runs in his four-over quota against RCB. The Karnataka pacer has picked up just two wickets from nine matches for KKR at an economy rate of over 9 runs per over in IPL 2019.KKR brought in mystery spinner KC Cariappa to replace Kuldeep Yadav while big-hitting batsman Rinku Singh replaced Robin Uthappa. Left-arm pacer from Andhra Pradesh, Prithvi Raj was handed his IPL debut by KKR as the 21-year-old replaced Krishna.Also See:last_img