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Kolkata Knight Riders Extend Unbeaten Run

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa's 85 not out laid the foundations for another Kolkata victory
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Kolkata Knight Riders 187-2 (Uthappa 85no) beat
Dolphins 151-8 (Narine 3-33) by 36 runs
Champions League T20 Group A, Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders made it 13 wins in a row as they beat Dolphins by 36 runs to finish their Champions League T20 group stage campaign with a perfect record of four wins out of four.

Riding on the back of a Kolkata record partnership between Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey, they have now won more matches in a row in T20 cricket than any other Indian side.

Only Otago (14) and Sialkot Stallions (25) have won more consecutive matches after Kolkata restricted their South African opponents to 151 for eight having asked them to chase 188 to win.

Uthappa and Pandey both struck unbeaten half-centuries during an unbroken 153-run stand for the third wicket as Kolkata hit 187 for two.

That proved well beyond Dolphins, who made a dreadful start to their run chase and seldom looked like getting close to their target.

Dolphins made a reasonable start to the game as a couple of excellent deliveries from Robbie Frylinck and Craig Alexander bowled Gautam Gambhir (12) and Jacques Kallis (6) respectively.

After that, however, they had no answer to Uthappa, unbeaten on 85 in 55 balls, and Pandey, not out on 76 in 47.

The former hit 13 fours and the latter five fours and five sixes as they hammered the Dolphins bowlers to all parts to propel Kolkata to a fine score.

Cameron Delport (0) and Cody Chetty (1) then threw their wickets away - Yusuf Pathan and Andre Russell the happy bowlers - as Dolphins slumped to six for two.

Morné van Wyk tried to mount a counter-attack, hitting 34 in 28 balls and Vaughn van Jaarsveld made 19 in 18, but there was to be no way back.

The pair fell soon after one another at the end of the eighth and ninth overs respectively to leave their side 57 for four and from there, Kolkata closed the game out.

They were frustrated for a time by Khayelihle Zondo (32 in 25 balls) and Andile Phehlukwayo (37 in 18 balls) before Sunil Narine removed both as well as Frylinck (11) to return figures of three for 33.

Kolkata will play Hobart Hurricanes in one semi-final while Kings XI Punjab will play either Chennai Super Kings or Lahore Lions in the other semi-final.

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