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Kolkata Make It 12 Wins In A Row

Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine took four wickets as Kolkata won their 12th game in a row
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Kolkata Knight Riders 153-7 (S Yadav 43no) beat
Perth Scorchers 151-7 (Voges 71no) by 3 wickets
Champions League T20 Group A, Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders made it 12 wins in a row by beating Perth Scorchers by three wickets in Group A of the Champions League T20 2014 in Hyderabad.

They left it late to overhaul Perth's score of 151 for seven and were indebted to a late charge of 43 in 19 balls from Suryakumar Yadav, who got them home with two balls to spare.

Kolkata last tasted defeat in Ahmedabad against Rajasthan Royals in May and Perth became the latest team to push them close but not quite do enough.

Batting first, Adam Voges struck an unbeaten 71 in 52 balls while Craig Simmons (39), Sam Whiteman (21) and Yasir Arafat (10) also made contributions.

Voges and Simmons added 68 for the first wicket before Kolkata's tried and tested method of slowing the scoring with their spinners came into effect.

Kuldeep Yadav returned three for 24 and Sunil Narine four for 31 to limit Perth.

Kolkata's reply was then punctuated by wickets falling as Perth kept themselves in with a chance, especially after Robin Uthappa had fallen for 23 and Manish Pandey for 24.

However, Kolkata's aggressive strategy of picking no specialist fast bowlers - Jacques Kallis was the only pacer who bowled and Andre Russell was not called on to do so - meant that Suryakumar Yadav came in at seven, Russell at eight and Piyush Chawla at nine.

In the end, they needed that depth but it took a fine knock from Yadav, who hit one four and four sixes, to finally complete victory for the reigning Indian Premier League champions.

Yasir Arafat took three for 34 before the winning runs came off his bowling, Nathan Coulter-Nile took two for 41 and there was a wicket apiece for Jason Behrendorff and Joel Paris.

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