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IPL 2017: Skipper Gambhir Leads the Way as Kolkata Knight Riders Thrash Kings XI Punjab

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 13, 2017, 11:22 PM IST

Match 11, Eden Gardens, Kolkata 13 April, 2019

Toss won by Kolkata Knight Riders (decided to bowl)

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets

Man of the Match: Sunil Narine



FOR THE RECORD: This is KKR’s 8th consecutive win against KXIP, equalling RCB’s record against DD. This is the 5th consecutive time that KKR have won the 1st match of the season at Eden Gardens. This is the 10th consecutive time that KKR have won at Eden Gardens batting 2nd.  


MAXIMUM to finish the game here. Stoinis pitches that up and Manish goes the full arc and deposits that to the long-on boundary. Kolkata win by 8 wickets with Gambhir on 72 and Manish on 25. This is KKR's 8th win over KXIP on the trot.


Boundary here for Gambhir as he cuts Sandeep to the point boundary. This one races to the boundary as Gambhir reaches 70. KKR's score reads 163/2


Kolkata Knight Riders taking it easy here with 14 required off the last five overs. Dealing in singles here mostly with Gambhir and Manish at the crease.


Boundary. Mohit pitches that short and Manish has all the time to swivel and pull this one to the deep square leg boundary. KKR's score reads 155/2


150 up for KKR. Kolkata need another 21 runs to win with 8 wickets in the bag. Gambhir and Manish at the crease. This has been a stroll in the park for the Knights.


FOR THE RECORD: Gambhir now has 33 half centuries in IPL equaling David Warner's record of most 50s in IPL.


50 up for Gambhir. Brilliant knock from the KKR skipper chasing 171 under light on the newly-laid Eden wicket. 50 off just 34 balls for Gambhir as KKR's score reads 128/2


Seven runs from the Aaron over here as KKR are taking it easy now. Do not need to do anything silly and should just go on rotating the strike. Need 48 from 54 balls. KKR's score reads 123/2


Aaron back into the attack and needs to pick a couple of wickets here. KXIP in dire need of wickets to slow down the run-chase here. KKR's score reads 116/2


WICKET! Axar gets Uthappa. That is the second wicket of the innings. Uthappa tries to paddle sweep that one, but misses the ball to go for 26. KKR's score reads 116/2


Axar comes in to bowl his second over with skipper Maxwell clearly taken aback by the early onslaught. Uthappa now hits the third ball for another boundary. This time he goes on the backfoot and cuts that past the point fielder. KKR's score reads 114/1


FOR THE RECORD: Gambhir/Uthappa is the 4th pair to complete 1500-run partnership in IPL. After Kohli/Gayle, Kohli/AB de Villiers and Warner/Dhawan.


100 up for KKR in the 9th over, This has been brilliant batsmanship from Kolkata Knight Riders in their first home game. They need 71 runs to win with 9 wickets in the hand


That is 10 runs from the Axar Patel over. He has also not been able to stem the flow of runs here. The wicket is playing beautifully under lights as KKR's score reads 99/1


Beautiful late cut here from Uthappa as Axar bowls that outside off and gets the ball away. KKR are on a roll here. KKR's score reads 94/1


Maximum! Front foot pull from Uthappa here as Mohit pitched that slightly short. KKR keeping up the tempo despite the loss of Narine's wicket. KKR's score reads 87/1


Gambhir welcomes Mohit to the bowling crease with an boundary. The KKR batsmen have been dealing in boundaries here. This one was short and Gambhir pulled it with ease. KKR's score reads 80/1


KKR's score reads 76/1 after 6 overs. This is KKR's highest score in the powerplay. Great going by KKR at Eden Gardens. The fans are super excited.


Uthappa comes in after the Narine-storm. KXIP need to regroup fast and restrict the flow of runs here. Aaron welcomes him with a beauty of a ball. KKR's score reads 76/1


WICKET! Narine goes for 37 off 18 balls. What a killer innings here. Aaron has the last laugh as Narine holds out to Axar at deep mid-wicket. Gambhir gives Narine a pat. KKR's score reads 76/1


Narine is not done here. This time Aaron bowls it short and that one goes over the head of the fine-leg fielder. This is unbelievable hitting from the West Indies mystery spinner. KKR's score reads 76/0


Narine welcomes Aaron to the crease with two maximums back to back. The first one goes into the long-on boundary and the second one goes even further up into the long-stand. Aaron cannot believe what hit him here. KKR's score reads 72/0


18 off the Maxwell over here as Gambhir ends with another boundary off Maxwell. That was a very costly over and there is one more over to go in the powerplay. KKR's score reads 60/0 after 5 overs


BACK to BACK boundaries for Narine now as KKR go past the 5-run mark in the 5th over. Maxwell proving to be expensive. KKR's score reads 55/0 after 4.4 overs


Gambhir starts off with another boundary against Maxwell now. KKR have been playing really well here. KKR's score reads 46/0


11 runs off the 4th over of the KKR innings. Both Ishant and Sandeep have leaked runs here. KXIP bowlers need to get things back on track here.


Another boundary here for Gambhir. Ishant pitches that short and Gambhir goes past backward point for another boundary. KKR's score reads 41/0. Ishant needs to bowl it up.


5 overthrow boundaries here. This is clearly not going in KXIP's favour. Gambhir misses that and goes for a quick single as Miller aims for the stumps and ball rolls into the square-leg boundary. KKR's score reads 36/0


BACK to BACK boundaries for Gambhir. He first goes past point and that is a boundary. After that Gambhir goes past cover and that is another boundary as Sandeep is leaking runs here. KKR's score reads 30/0


IPL 2017: Skipper Gambhir Leads the Way as Kolkata Knight Riders Thrash Kings XI Punjab

A file photo of Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir. (BCCI)


Full Scorecard

Catch all the live action of the eleventh match of the tenth season of the between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab at Eden Gardens.


Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders would be wary of a transformed and formidable Kings XI Punjab in this blockbuster clash at the Eden Gardens.

The Purple Brigade, champions in 2012 and 2014, may boast of a 13-6 win-loss record against the perennial bridesmaid, but the scenario looks different, especially in the context of an injured Chris Lynn, the leading run-getter of the season.

Teams (from)

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shaikb-Al-Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajpoot, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Umesh Yadav.

Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.

Team Rankings

1 India 5007 116
2 South Africa 4280 110
3 England 5310 108
4 New Zealand 3213 107
5 Australia 4143 101
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