Kolkata See Off Battling Lahore
Kolkata Knight Riders 153-6 (Gambhir 60) beat
Lahore Lions 151-7 by four wickets
Champions League T20 Group A, Hyderabad
Kolkata Knight Riders made it two Champions League T20 2014 wins from two by beating Lahore Lions by four wickets in Group A.
@lionsdenkxip Thanks! It was fun, keenly-contested game.— Kol Knight Riders (@KKRiders) September 21, 2014
In a match notable for a number of dropped catches with both sides equally poor in the field, Kolkata stumbled over the line in the end.
Lahore scored 151 for seven batting first, struggling against Kolkata's slow bowlers before the reigning IPL champions were made to work hard to reach their target.
Gautam Gambhir hit a half-century before late wickets almost brought Lahore back into the game, only for Kolkata to get home with three balls to spare.
That gave them their 11th straight win in all competitions and leaves them sitting pretty at the top of the Group A table.
That was partly due to outstanding bowling from Sunil Narine, who returned three for nine in four overs and Kuldeep Yadav, who took one for 21 in his set of four.
Pat Cummins (1-38) was the only pace bowler to take a wicket as leg-spinner Piyush Chawla also claimed one for 35.
Robin Uthappa, back in the side, then hit 46 in 34 balls and Gambhir made 60 in 47 during a 100-run partnership for the first wicket.
The pair looked to have set a platform for a simple victory despite them falling to Adnan Rasool and Mustafa Iqbal respectively.
Aizaz Cheema then removed Manvinder Bisla for six and Yusuf Pathan for 11 before Ryan ten Doeschate (12) and Andre Russell (1) fell to Wahab Riaz and Asif Raza.
However, despite losing five wickets in 4.4 overs, Kolkata kept their heads and thanks to Suryakumar Yadav, not out on 12, finished things off in the final over.
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