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IPL: Gautam Gambhir scores record 35th half-century, Kolkata Knight Riders cheer

Gautam Gambhir scored his 35th half-century in Indian Premier League (IPL) in a match against Delhi Daredevils. The Kolkata Knight Riders captain also reached 6000 T20 runs.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 28, 2017 19:33 IST
Dhiman Sarkar
Dhiman Sarkar
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
IPL 2017,Gautam Gambhir,Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir in action against Delhi Daredevils in an 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Kolkata.(AFP)

Gautam Gambhir became the man with the highest Indian Premier League (IPL) half-centuries when he got his 35th of the competition that turned 10 on Friday against Delhi Daredevils. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) also got to 6000 runs in T20 in the process. David Warner is next on 34. (KKR vs DD: T20 MATCH BLOG)

With Sunil Narine gone early, Gambhir and Robin Uthappa repaired the innings. Uthappa was the one with the flashier shots but Gambhir was the glue that held the innings together. He let Narine have the striker and then Uthappa till Corey Anderson pitched one wide outside the off-stump. (KKR vs DD: T20 MATCH SCORECARD)

Given Gambhir’s strength square of the wicket, it was asking for punishment and in this form, he doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. And though he let Uthappa be the more aggressive partner in their 108-run stand, Gambhir didn’t miss an opportunity like when Pat Cummins bowled at his legs. And when Amit Mishra came on, Gambhir hit him for two fours in the seventh over.

Gambhir ultimately go out for 71 as KKR chased down DD’s 161-run target in 16.2 overs.

First Published: Apr 28, 2017 19:30 IST