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Gambhir, Umesh power Kolkata Knight Riders to top of table

Gautam Gambhir led from the front for Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir led from the front for Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders 171-2 (Gambhir 72) beat
Kings XI Punjab 170-9 (Umesh 4-33) by eight wickets
11th match, Indian Premier League, Kolkata

After a four-wicket haul from Umesh Yadav restricted Kings XI Punjab to 170 for nine, riding on an unbeaten 72 from Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata Knight Riders completed the chase in just 16.3 overs to win the 11th match of Indian Premier League by eight wickets.

Kolkata won the toss and decided to field first. Manan Vohra (28) and Hashim Amla (25) gave a promising start of 53 runs from just 5.1 overs. Piyush Chawla (1-36) provided the breakthrough when he castled Vohra, while Amla was struggling to up the ante.

In the eighth over, Sunil Narine (1-19) accounted the wicket for Marcus Stoinis (9) but Glenn Maxwell (25) struck four boundaries and a six to take Kings XI Punjab to 95 for two at the halfway mark.

Amla became Colin de Grandhomme's (1-15) first victim in IPL while the likes of Maxwell, David Miller (28) and Wridhimaan Saha (25) failed to convert the starts into a bigger one as a four wicket haul from Umesh reduced Kings XI Punjab to 170 for nine in the 20 overs.

In a surprise move from Knight Riders, Narine (37) opened the bowling and he struck four boundaries and three sixes during his 18-ball stay. Robin Uthappa (26) looked positive during his stay and adding another 40 run stand with Gambhir.

The Kolkata captain brought his 33rd IPL fifty in the 12th over and completed the chase with a six in the 17th over. Manish Pandey (25 not out) also remained unbeaten as they now top the table.

Narine was awarded the player of the match for his all-round contribution.

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