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IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders Opening Partnership Took the Game Away From Us, Says Glenn Maxwell

IANS |April 14, 2017, 11:12 AM IST
IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders Opening Partnership Took the Game Away From Us, Says Glenn Maxwell

Kolkata: A disappointed Kings XI Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell on Thursday said Kolkata Knight Riders' rollicking opening stand and his side's loss of three wickets in the 18th over led to its eight-wicket defeat in the IPL match here.

The Kings struck 170/9, despite losing the set pair of David Miller and Wriddhiman Saha as also Axar Patel in the same over to Umesh Yadav, which somewhat slowed down their run rate in the slog phase.

With skipper Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine plundering 76 runs in their opening wicket partnership in only 34 balls, the Knights raced to a winning 171/2 in 16.3 overs at the Eden Gardens.

"I thought we had a chance with 170, the ball was swinging and seaming. We had an extra quick," said Maxwell.

The Kings' skipper said he was not surprised at Narine opening the batting, as he has seen him do so for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash. "Narine cracked an 18-ball 37 that set the stage for the Knights' ultimate victory.

"They got away from us and that opening partnership basically took the wind out of us.

"One poor over where we lost three wickets, then we lost our way. We will have to regroup," he added.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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