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IPL PHOTOS: KKR's Gambhir, Chawla hand KXIP rare defeat

May 11, 2014 20:35 IST

IPL PHOTOS: KKR's Gambhir, Chawla hand KXIP rare defeat

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The smile was back on skipper Gautam Gambhir's face and rightfully.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders captains form is back as he scored a match-wining half-century. KKR beat the table toppers Kings XI Punjab by nine-wickets in an IPL encounter in Cuttack on Sunday.

Chasing a modest target of 150 on a featherbed, Gambhir anchored the chase to perfection with a well-crafted unbeaten 65 after Robin Uthappa provided the momentum with a 28-ball-46. Such was their domination that the match ended with two overs to spare.

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Image: Gautam Gambhir
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Gambhir faced 45 balls hitting seven fours and more importantly finished off the match staying at the crease right till the end. He added 82 runs for the unbroken second wicket with Manish Pandey (36 not out).

It's been a roller coaster ride for Gambhir who started the tournament with a hat-trick of ducks and now has completed a hat-trick of half-centuries. He now has 23 half-centuries across seven IPL editions --- maximum by any player till date.

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Image: Gautam Gambhir captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders with Manish Pandey
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Uthappa continued in blazing form as he hit a flurry of boundaries in the Powerplay overs with skipper Gambhir holding one end up. The floodgates opened in the third over bowled by Sandeep Sharma in which Uthappa got three boundaries. A flick, followed by two lovely drives.

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Image: Robin Uthappa
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Credit should also be given to leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (3/19) for his brilliant bowling in the middle overs after Virender Sehwag had set the tone for Punjab with a 50-ball-72.

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Image: Piyush Chawla
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Kings XI Punjab’s Virender Sehwag showed glimpses of his usual attacking self during his knock of 72 but Kings XI Punjab had a rare batting collapse as they managed a below-par 149 for eight after being put into bat.

Sehwag has been consistently getting starts and on Sunday he got a much deserved half-century. His innings had 11 fours and a six off Jacques Kallis.

It couldn't have been a better start for the Kings XI as the 'Nawab of Najafgarh' started by blasting Kallis for four boundaries in the first over of the match.

But once Sehwag was gone, it sparked a sudden collapse as the dangerous David Miller (13) saw his middle stump uprooted by Yadav. From 87 for two, it suddenly became 120 for five.

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Image: Virender Sehwag
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KKR captain Gautam Gambhir's decision to field was vindicated by his bowlers. While Sehwag's 50-ball-72 was the highlight of the Kings innings, the failure of the middle-order, once Maxwell was dismissed, became apparent.

Glenn Maxwell (14) didn't fire today as he holed out at deep square leg, trying to slog sweep Chawla.

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Image: Piyush Chawla clebrates Glenn Maxwell's dismissal
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Gambhir's decision to include Morne Morkel (2/20) and Piyush Chawla (3/19) in the playing XI was justified as they picked five wickets for 49 runs in eight overs between them.

KKR now have eight points and remain in the mix while KXIP got a timely wake-up call ahead of their bigger battles in the knock-out stages of the competition.


Image: Morne Morkel celebrates with team mates
Photographs: BCCI

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