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Uthappa, Gambhir power Kolkata Knight Riders to top of table

Gautam Gambhir led from the front once again for Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir led from the front once again for Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders 184-3 (Uthappa 87) beat
Rising Pune Supergiant 182-5 (Smith 51no) by seven wickets
30th match, Indian Premier League, Pune

Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir scored 87 and 62 runs respectively as Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 183 runs against Rising Pune Supergiant in 18.1 overs to win the 30th game of Indian Premier League by seven wickets.

Kolkata won the toss and decided to field first. Rahul Tripathi (38) struck seven boundaries in the powerplay by the end of which Pune reached 57 for naught.

Tripathi was handed a reprieve when he was dropped by Yusuf Pathan in the seventh over but was castled by Piyush Chawla (1-36) in the next over.

Ajinkya Rahane (38) and Steven Smith (51 not out) added another 47 runs between them for the second wicket before the former was stumped off Sunil Narine (1-34) in the 14th over.

MS Dhoni (23) began the innings positively with a six and a four at the start of his innings but his 11-ball cameo was ended in the 18th over when he was stumped by Kuldeep Yadav (2-31), who also had Manoj Tiwary (1) dismissed in a similar fashion three deliveries later.

Smith reached his fifty in the final over but a six-ball cameo from Daniel Christian (16) helped Rising Pune Supergiant post 182 for seven in the 20 overs.

Narine (16) once again started the innings positively with three boundaries in the first two overs but his innings was cut short by an indecision in running which led to his wicket. Kolkata Knight Riders reached the powerplay at 45 for one.

Pune had a golden chance to apply pressure on Kolkata but Jaydev Unadkat (1-26) dropped Uthappa (87) at deep midwicket. The drop proved costly as Uthappa struck two sixes and a four in the next over.

With two more boundaries, Uthappa went on to complete a 26-ball fifty. Gambhir (62) was also handed a reprieve when Washington Sundar (0-32) put him down and his fifty came off 35 deliveries as Kolkata needed just 24 runs from the final five overs.

With back to back sixes in the 16th over, Uthappa brought Kolkata to a striking distance from a victory. However, Pune made a brief comeback when Unadkat and Christian accounted for Uthappa and Gambhir respectively but could not prevent Kolkata from reaching the target in 18.1 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Uthappa was awarded the player of the match for his splendid knock that took Kolkata to the top of the table.

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