Source: Cricinfo

Yes, KKRvRPS match was very exciting and close. The match was important for both the team to qualify for the playoffs. KKR had a great time at the home ground this season and lost only one match. The absence of Uthappa was visible in the hosting team. They looked a different team altogether and was playing defensive cricket. They kept on losing wickets and managed only 155 runs. At a T20 level in IPL that too in Eden Gardens, it was a below par score.

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However, the KKRvRPS match in the second inning took some bizarre twists. Pune did their best to chase the target. It was Rahul Tripathi who was doing everything. He looked absolute superman. The target of 156 looked nothing but within hands when 45 balls were left. Yes, Pune needed around 27 runs from 6.3 overs. They still had MS Dhoni to bat and Rahul Tripathi was sending the ball to all over the parks.

At this stage, it was impossible to even consider that the match will go down to the last over and in fact, Pune would need 5 runs from 6 balls. Once Ben Stokes got out, Pune became extremely slow. They were blocking deliveries, nudging for some singles. They needed to win big to increase the net run rate. However, everything looked deliberate and staged. It looked they wanted the match to go to the last over. The entire Pune innings in the KKRvRPS match, batsmen scored runs freely. However, all of a sudden, it looked ball was not coming to bat.

Yes, there is no proof that can prove that the match was fixed. Neither am I claiming that the match was fixed. However, with the history of IPL, KKRvRPS match looked odd and suspicious.