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IPL 2016 Match 13: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets

Updated: 19 April 2016 23:53 IST - Published: 18 April 2016 23:42 IST
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That's it from us for tonight. Easy win for the Knight Riders as they climb to the top of the IPL table. We'll be back with coverage from tomorrow's game between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore from the Wankhede. Till then, goodbye and goodnight.
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MOTM Robin Uthappa said, "I was a little rusty behind the wickets at the start of the tournament, glad to get better and better. It's important to create momentum at the start of the tournament. Gautam and I, we share a very good chemistry, we rotate the strike well. We plan to keep things simple and support each other."
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The man of the match is Robin Uthappa.
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Winning captain Gautam Gambhir said, "We were pretty professional, the opening partnership was very crucial. The way Robin batted took a lot of pressure off me. There's always room for improvement, hopefully we can continue the same. We've been a very stable squad with not too many changes. We trust the players, provided them security and now they're expressing themselves. We want to ease Narine in, the more he plays, the more confident he gets."
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Time for the presentation.
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Losing captain Miller said, "Always very disappointing losing a game of cricket, we didn't score enough runs. It's T20 cricket, we're not far away from winning. I believe in the boys and I'm sure we'll turn it around. Working on the middle order, we've had great starts. We've also bowled too many boundary balls, we also missed a few chances today. A lot of positives honestly today, and I believe we will turn it around."
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So, KKR pick up their 3rd win with a convincing performance against the Kings XI. Gambhir and Uthappa were impressive again, Uthappa getting a 50 and Gambhir extending his lead at the top of the race for the orange cap. For the Kings XI, it's back to the drawing board. Their batting order completely failed and Marsh was the only one who showed any resistance. On the positive side, Maxwell fired in the previous game and Marsh this one. Miller next? KKR can be very happy with the performance of their bowlers as well, as Narine also chipped in with a couple of wickets.
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17.1 Mohit Sharma to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR, slower ball and driven towards long off, and that is that. It ended with ease for KKR and that shot summed up their innings, it has been all like a stroll in the park in them. Never looked hassled at all, Kings XI will want to forget this game soon.
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16.6 Kyle Abbott to Yusuf Pathan, no run, full ball and bunted towards short mid-wicket who is in very close.
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16.6 Kyle Abbott to Yusuf Pathan, 1 WIDE. Slips way over his head.
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16.5 Kyle Abbott to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, bangs it in again, slower short ball and Surya helps it towards deep mid-wicket.
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16.4 Kyle Abbott to Yusuf Pathan, 1 run, slower ball cut towards Axar at point, who saves and then shies at the stumps.
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16.3 Kyle Abbott to Yusuf Pathan, FOUR, full ball on middle stump, Yusuf drills it past a close mid-on.
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16.2 Kyle Abbott to Yusuf Pathan, FOUR, down the leg side and helped it towards fine leg. The target is in single digits now.
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16.1 Kyle Abbott to Yusuf Pathan, 2 runs, short and wide and cut behind point for a brace. Yusuf turned blind and hence was struggling.
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A few wickets for the Kings should give them confidence going into their next match. Kyle Abbott to bowl.
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15.6 Axar Patel to Yusuf Pathan, 1 run, driven to long off.
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Yusuf Pathan comes in.
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Timeout. Axar Patel has also chipped in with a couple of wickets.
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15.5 Axar to Shakib, OUT! He's got him this time. Goes for an almighty sweep, trying to finish this quickly. Gets an edge and the ball skies in the air. Sandeep Sharma makes no mistake at short third man.
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15.4 Axar Patel to Shakib, FOUR, full ball, Shakib looks to smash that, Manan Vohra DROPS it at long off and to make matters worse the ball rolls on to the boundary. What a day for KXIP. Well bowled by Axar, he dragged the ball wide and Shakib did not get the required elevation but all to no avail.
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15.3 Axar Patel to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, dabbed towards long on.
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15.2 Axar Patel to Shakib, 1 run, swept towards deep mid-wicket.
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15.1 Axar Patel to Shakib, no run, thrown wide and left alone.
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A few quiet overs and Gambhir looks anxious in the dug out. He's sitting there, biting his nails. Relax skipper! The game's in the bag. Axar to bowl.