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IPL 2017, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, Highlights: Gambhir, Umesh excel as KKR beat KXIP

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 8 wickets in their Indian Premier League encounter. Gautam Gambhir scored his 33rd IPL fifty. Earlier, Umesh Yadav’s 4/33 restricted Kings XI Punjab to 170/9 in 20 overs. Catch highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017 here.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 14, 2017 01:47 IST
Sayan Ghosh
Sayan Ghosh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Kolkata Knight Riders’ Gautam Gambhir celebrates his fifty against Kings XI Punjab. Get highlights of Kolkata today’s IPL T20 clash between Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab here.(IPL)

Gautam Gambhir scored his 33rd half-century in Indian Premier League (IPL) to guide Kolkata Knight Rides to a 8-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Sunil Narine assisted him well with a 18-ball-37. Earlier, Umesh Yadav took four wickets as Kings XI Punjab reached 170/9 in 20 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders. Chris Woakes took two while Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine and Colin De Grandhomme picked up one wicket each. Manan Vohra was the top scorer for KXIP with 29 runs. Get highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017 here. (SCORECARD | STANDINGS| LIVE STREAMING INFO)

11:24 PM IST: “I thought we had a chance with 170, the ball was swinging and seaming. We had an extra quick. I was not surprised by Narine opening the batting, he has done it in the Big Bash. 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 for Delhi.”, Glenn Maxwell said after the match.

11:17 PM IST: Kolkata Knight Riders have defeated Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets!

11:15 PM IST: SIX! That’s all for KKR as Manish Pandey finishes the match with a maximum! KKR 171/2

11:13 PM IST: Gambhir slashes the ball for a boundary and KKR need just 8 runs more to win. KKR 164/2

11:08 PM IST: This has been an easy run chase for KKR and it looks like KXIP are all set to suffer their first loss of this year’s tournament. KKR 157/2

11:03 PM IST: Axar Patel leaks away some crucial runs. First Gambhir cuts his delivery for four and then Manish Pandey joins in with one through covers. KKR 148/2

11:00 PM IST: VITAL STATS: Gambhir now has most number of fifties (33) in IPL, along with David Warner.

10:58 PM IST: FOUR! Gambhir hits one off Mohit Sharma through cover point. KKR 136/2

10:55 PM IST: FIFTY! Gambhir brings up his 33rd IPL fifty in 34 balls. KKR 128/2

10:50 PM IST: With KKR still having eight wickets in hand and asking rate well below 6 per over, KXIP need something special from their bowlers now.

10:48 PM IST: Gautam Gambhir (140) is now the leading run-scorer of this IPL . He is also eyeing his 33rd ILP fifty.

10:44 PM IST: OUT! Axar Patel castles Uthappa as KKR lose their second wicket!

10:41 PM IST: Second boundary for Uthappa as he moves on to 19*. KKR 105/1

10:37 PM IST: 8 overs gone. KKR are 99 for the loss of one wicket

10:35 PM IST: This has been a brilliant performance by the KKR batters as they have completely dominated the match till now. KKR 96/1

10:32 PM IST: First six of the match for Robin Uthappa. KKR 87/1

10:28 PM IST: FOUR! Gautam Gambhir continues his dominance as KKR reaches 80/1

10:24 PM IST: Narine went for a big one but was caught in the deep for 37 as Varun Aaron claimed his first wicket of the match. KKR 76/1

10:22 PM IST: OUT! Narine’s fiery knock comes to an end! KKR 76/1

10:19 PM IST: SIX! Narine (33*) gets the second maximum of the over. KKR 72/0

10:17 PM IST: Back to back boundaries for Sunil Narine! KKR 56/0

10:15 PM IST: 4 overs gone. Kolkata Knight Riders are 43 for no loss.

10:12 PM IST: Fifth boundary for Gautam Gambhir (21*)! KKR 41/0

10:09 PM IST: 3 overs gone. Kolkata Knight Riders are 31 for no loss.

10:07 PM IST: Punched off the back foot by Gambhir for a boundary. KKR 30/0

10:05 PM IST: SIX! A huge hit from Sunil Narine! KKR 21/0

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10:01 PM IST: The ball was in the air but just wide of the second slip. Another boundary for Gambhir. KKR 15/0

10:00 PM IST: Short and wide from Ishant and it is punished by Gambhir who gets his first boundary. KKR 11/0

9:58 PM IST: Ishant Sharma to bowl the second over of the innings. KXIP 6/0

9:57 PM IST: After 1 over, Kolkata Knight Riders are 5/0.

9: 54 PM IST: A surprising move from KKR as Sunil Narine is opening the batting with Gautam Gambhir! KKR 1/0

9:52 PM IST: Here’s an encouraging stat for KKR: 5 out of the last 7 IPL games at Eden have been won by the team batting second.

9:38 PM IST: That’s the end of the Kings XI Punjab innings. KKR need 171 runs to win from 20 overs.

9:37 PM IST: OUT! Woakes strikes on the final ball of the innings as Varun Aaron departs for 4.

9:36 PM IST: OUT! First wicket for Woakes as Mohit Sharma is caught for 10. KXIP 170/8

9:32 PM IST: 19 overs gone. Kings XI Punjab are 166 for the loss of 7 wickets

9:29 PM IST: OUT! Axar Patel becomes the fourth victim of Umesh Yadav as he is caught by Sunil Narine for a duck. KXIP 161/7

9:26 PM IST: OUT! Back to back wickets for Umesh Yadav as Wriddhiman Saha departs for 25.

9:24 PM IST: OUT! David Miller goes for the big one, but is caught in the deep for 28!

9:21 PM IST: The ‘Killer Miller’ show continues as the Proteas batsman hits Umesh Yadav for a huge six! KXIP 155/4

9:19 PM IST: FOUR! An absolute horror show by Narine on the field as the ball bounces over his head to the boundary. KXIP 145/4

9:16 PM IST: It has been an underwhelming performance by the KXIP batsmen till now as no one has been able to convert their starts. KXIP 141/4

9:13 PM IST: 16 overs gone. KXIP are 138 for the loss of 4 wickets.

9:09 PM IST: Second six of the over for Saha! KXIP 134/4

9:07 PM IST: SIX! A clean hit by Wriddhiman Saha and it clears the Eden Gardens boundary easily. KXIP 126/4

9:04 PM IST: It was a free-hit for Kings XI Punjab and Miller hits it for a flat six! KXIP 118/4

8:59 PM IST: The Kings XI Punjab skipper tried to place it through thirdman, but the ball took the edge of his bat and it was an easy catch for Uttappa. KXIP 99/4

8:58 PM IST: OUT! Big wicket for KKR! Maxwell is caught behind for 25.

8:56 PM IST: David Miller is the new batsman. KXIP 98/3

8:54 PM IST: OUT! Colin De Grandhomme strikes for KKR as Amla is caught in the deep by Gautam Gambhir.

8:50 PM IST: It has been a good start for Maxwell in the tournament with two scores in the 40s. Can he score a half century today?

8:47 PM IST: 6,4,4 - This is brilliant stuff by Glenn Maxwell. KXIP 93/2

8:43 PM IST: 9 overs gone. Kings XI Punjab are 78/2 with Glenn Maxwell 30 away from completing 1000 runs in IPL.

8:40 PM IST: Maxwell gets his first six of the match as he guides the ball over fine leg. KXIP 73/2

8:38 PM IST: Skipper Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman for Kings XI Punjab. KXIP 67/2

8:37 PM IST: OUT! Second wicket for KKR as Stoinis is castled by Narine!

8:35 PM IST: The boundaries have dried up for Kings XI Punjab after the wicket. KXIP 66/2

8:31 PM IST: Tidy over by Umesh Yadav as Kings XI Punjab are 62/1 after 7 overs.

8:27 PM IST: A loose ball from Chawla and Stoinis gets his first boundary of the game. KXIP 58/1

8:25 PM IST: It was a straighter one from Piyush Chawla which pierced through Vohra’s defence and provided KKR the much needed breakthrough. KXIP 53/1

8:24 PM IST: OUT! Kings XI Punjab lose their first wicket as Manan Vohra departs for 28.

8:22 PM IST: Eight runs came from the Sunil Narine over. KXIP 53/0 after 5 overs

8:19 PM IST: SIX! Manan Vohra places the ball brilliantly to score another boundary. KXIP 45/0

8:15 PM IST: First change for KKR. Chris Woakes is introduced into the attack. KXIP 31/0

8:13 PM IST: MISS! A simple chance for Sunil Narine in third-man, but KKR’s below par performance on the field continues! KXIP 30/0

8:11 PM IST: An absolute beauty from Manan Vohra as he guides the ball through the cover boundary. Brilliant start for Kings XI Punjab. KXIP 29/0

8:08 PM IST: A loose ball from Umesh Yadav and Manan Vohra dispatches it for the first six of the match. KXIP 20/0

8:06 PM IST: First ball of the IPL 2017 for Umesh Yadav! KXIP 12/0

8:04 PM IST: Good start for Hashim Amla as he gets his second boundary on the over. KXIP 10/0

8:02 PM IST: A gentle roll of the wrists and the ball rushes to the boundary. First four for Amla. KXIP 4/0

8:01 PM IST: The match is officially underway!

8:00 PM IST: Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra to start the innings for KXIP while Trent Boult will bowl the first over for KKR.

7:58 PM IST: The umpires are out in the middle and we are just moments away from the first ball of the match.

7: 51 PM IST: Interesting choice by Kings XI Punjab as they have decided to go with four Indian fast bowlers.

7:49 PM IST: 

7:45 PM IST:

7:41 PM IST: KKR have won their last seven games against Punjab.

7:38 PM IST: Ishant Sharma replaces T Natarajan for the Kings XI Punjab.

7:35 PM IST: Three changes for Kolkata Knight Riders - Umesh Yadav replaces Kuldeep Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme comes in for the injured Chris Lynn and Piyush Chawla replaces Ankit Rajpoot.

7:30 PM IST: Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and decided to bowl first.

7:25 PM IST: We are just 5 minutes away from the toss! Can KXIP continue their winning run?

7:18 PM IST: Umesh Yadav can make his IPL 2017 debut tonight after missing the first two matches due to injury.

7:13 PM IST: KKR have a 13-6 advantage over KXIP in their head-to-head record!

7:00 PM IST:

6:59 PM IST: Currently, there are quite a bit of empty seats at the Eden Gardens, but the match is one hour away and we can easily see a full house today.

6:56 PM IST: 

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6:53 PM IST: The star performer of the night is here as Shraddha Kapoor takes the stage!

6:51 PM IST:

6:49 PM IST: It’s the opposition captain’s turn as Glenn Maxwell joins Gambhir on the stage.

6:47 PM IST: The home captain - Gautam Gambhir - is making his way to the stage and the sound from the spectators is thunderous.

6:42 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab have a perfect record in the tournament so far while Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to recover from the defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians.

6:37 PM IST: Time for the first big performance of the show! Monali Thakur is here!

6:34 PM IST: The opening ceremony is underway in Kolkata! It starts with a brilliant song and dance performance with performers wearing traditional Bengali attire.

6:30 PM IST: Welcome to the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab!

Thursday’s match is between two-time champions and a team on a two-match winning run. It is also a clash between a team that has been set over the years and one which plummeted from being runners-up in 2014 to end up last in the next two seasons. Can Kings XI Punjab keep their winning momentum going on Happy Baisakhi?

For Kolkata Knight Riders , the penultimate-ball loss to Mumbai Indians on Sunday is, if not painful, a little setback, according to head coach Jacques Kallis.

“Rather than hurting, our guys would have learnt from that because it happened in the early part of the season,” said the former South Africa all-rounder.

How KKR cope with the absence of Chris Lynn, who has made the kind of impact IPL associates with Chris Gayle, could be crucial. Chris Lynn’s unavailability due to injury could mean reverting to the opening pair of Robin Uthappa and skipper Gautam Gambhir.

Lynn’s spot may go to Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who comes off an all-round performance in the last T20I against Sri Lanka on Saturday, scoring 38 and taking 3/24.

Kings XI Punjab have looked good so far under new skipper Glenn Maxwell, who needs 37 runs to complete a 1,000 runs for KXIP in IPL. Maxwell has six fifties in 40 innings of as many matches for Kings XI Punjab since 2014.

(With inputs from S. Pervez Qaiser)

First Published: Apr 13, 2017 17:58 IST