Gambhir stars as Kolkata beat Punjab

2014-05-12 00:00

GAUTAM Gambhir scored an undefeated half century to guide the Kolkata Knight Riders to an emphatic nine-wicket victory with 12 balls to spare over the Kings XI Punjab at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack yesterday.

Gambhir, who has three ducks to his name this season, controlled the innings with his 63 not out along with Robin Uthappa (46) and Manish Pandey (36 not out). Gambhir struck seven boundaries off 45 deliveries to hand his side the victory.

The Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field first and restricted Punjab to 149 for eight with Morné Morkel claiming 2-20, and responded with 150 for one to seal their fourth victory of the season.

Gambhir and Uthappa gave the visitors the perfect start with an opening stand of 68 from 44 balls before Parvinder Awana (1-20) had Uthappa caught at deep mid-wicket by Akshar Patel, after facing just 28 balls with eight boundaries and one six.

Gambhir and Pandey then cantered to victory with an unbroken stand of 82 from 67 deliveries as the Knight Riders took a step closer to the play-offs.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag struck an aggressive 72 from 50 balls with 11 boundaries and one six to set up Punjab’s total as none of the other batsmen wase able to move past the 20-run mark. The highest partnership of the innings was between Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell (14) for the third wicket which realised 39 from 32 balls.

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