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  • 00:42 (IST)

    That brings us to the close of our coverage of the KKR vs KXIP match at the Eden Gardens. An easy win in the end for Gambhir and Co, who bring up their second win of the season and with that go to the top of the table. But they would not be entirely pleased with their performance on Thursday, and there are a lot of gaps to fill. Punjab, on the other hand, fell to their first defeat of the season and would be looking to regroup and get back to winning ways when they meet Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Saturday. 

  • 00:29 (IST)

    IPL 2017: Gautam Gambhir says he needs to start trusting Sunil Narine with the bat too}

    The move to open the batting with Sunil Narine turned out to a masterstroke and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir went on to say that he needs to start trusting the West Indian spinner also with the bat.


  • 00:25 (IST)

    IPL 2017: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine guide KKR to comfortable win over KXIP at home}

    The move to send Sunil Narine (37 off 18) at the top of the order alongside Gambhir worked brilliantly as they smashed 76 off 34 to set up a comprehensive victory.


  • This was Gautam Gambhir's 28th fifty as a captain and 33rd overall.
    Most fifties in IPL:
    33 - David Warner, GAUTAM GAMBHIR*
    29 - Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma 
    26 - Virat Kohli 

  • Comprehensive victory for KKR. Gambhir was fantastic with the bat and as captain. Definitely a few things to think about for Glenn Maxwell, he needs to settle on a number three. He's tried Saha, Axar and now Stoinis with limited success. Saha is probably the best bet. They'll also want to look at more variety in the bowling with Mohit, Sandeep, Ishant, Aaron and Stoinis all being right arm seamers and Ishant and Aaron both with high career economy rates. 

    In the end KXIP were thoroughly outplayed but it's an opportunity for the rookie captain and his team to learn and improve. 

  • 23:36 (IST)

    Sunil Narine adjudged that Man of the Match. 

    'Will have to trust him with the bat now," says captain Gautam Gambhir.

  • Most wins vs a particular team in IPL:
    14 -KKR vs KXIP*
    14 -MI vs KKR
    13 -CSK vs RCB
    13 -MI vs RCB
    13 -MI vs CSK

  • 23:29 (IST)

    Gautam Gambhir presented with the Orange Cap. He has the most number of runs in the tournament at the moment. Gets an affectionate pat on the head from Sourav Ganguly as well! 

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    After 16.3 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 171/2 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 72 , Manish Pandey 25)

    Stoinis for the 17th over and Pandey brings up the win with an imperious six over long on. Notwithstanding all their frailties on the field, a commanding run chase by KKR, it has to be said. 

  • Most wins at a venue in IPL:
    34 by KKR at Eden Gardens*
    33 by CSK at Chepauk
    31 by MI at Wankhede

  • 23:16 (IST)

    After 16 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 164/2 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 71 , Manish Pandey 19)

    Sandeep Sharma is the new man in. A yorker, and Gambhir squeezes it out. The ball goes to Miller at backward point. Miller claims the catch. The umpires consult and go upstairs. No need to check that anymore. A clear bump ball. Gambhir is not happy, it seems at Miller appealing for it. The fifth ball is short and wide outside off and Gambhir picks up a four past Miller. KKR need 7 runs now.

  • 23:08 (IST)

    After 15 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 157/2 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 65 , Manish Pandey 18)

    Mohit Sharma bowls that over. Drops it short and Pandey takes full toll, pulling it to the square leg fence. Nine runs from that over. Only 14 runs needed in the last five overs. KKR almost there. Strategic timeout taken.   

  • 23:04 (IST)

    After 14 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 148/2 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 62 , Manish Pandey 12)

    Axar in his last over. Improvisation from Gambhir. Backs away on the leg side and steers the ball to third man for a boundary and then Pandey drives the last ball handsomely to the cover fence. A desperate attempt by Milelr in the deep, but the ball wins. 12 runs from that over.

  • 23:00 (IST)

    After 13 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 136/2 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 56 , Manish Pandey 6)

    Mohit back into the attack. Gets a boundary in front of square on the off side. Gets a single on the next ball. Rotates the strike. That's clever cricket from KKR. Eight runs from that over. KKR need 35 off 42 balls now.

  • 22:55 (IST)

    After 12 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 128/2 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 50 , Manish Pandey 4)

    Axar continues. A punch off the back foot by Pandey. Single. He had played a brilliant innings against Mumbai in the previous match, scoring a 47-ball 81. A fantastic talent. Meanwhile Gambhir goes on to a fifty, his 33rd in IPL, equals David Warner's record. 

  • 22:52 (IST)

    After 11 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 123/2 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 47 , Manish Pandey 2)

    Aaron replaces Stoinis. He bowls with a wide slip to Gambhir. He bowls the couple of wides. Seven runs off that over. KKR need 48 runs off 54 balls now.

  • 22:50 (IST)

    After 10 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 116/2 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 44 , )

    Axar continues. Uthappa cuts and gets a four through backward point. Here's an interesting fact. There has been a boundary within the first three balls of every over that has been bowled so far. But Uthappa gets a bit too adventurous. Tries a scoop and gets the leg stump disturbed. He was looking good but throws his wicket away. Manish Pandey is the new man in. At halfway stage, KKR going great guns.    

  • Least balls to score 100 runs by KKR in IPL:
    46 v GL at Rajkot in 2017
    49 v KXIP at Kolkata, Today*
    54 v RCB at Bengaluru, 2015

  • 22:46 (IST)

    OUT! Uthappa tries a scoop, but has his stumps rattled.

    Uthappa b Axar 26(16)  

  • KKR are finding it easy to line up the sameness of Kings XI's attack, all right arm seam. The only way for KXIP to find their way back into this match is with wickets and building pressure. Maxwell has been reluctant to use left arm spinner Axar Patel while Gambhir is at the crease but the game is slipping away and he will need to introduce his best bowler soon to stand any chance of getting back into this match. 

  • 22:43 (IST)

    After 9 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 107/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 42 , Robin Uthappa (W) 19)

    Stoinis into the attack now. Bowls a short one, Uthappa turns it off his hips to backward of square for a single to bring up KKR's 100. Another shortish delivery and Uthappa swivels on his toes and sends the ball to the backward square leg fence. Gets a leading edge of fthe next ball, but the ball drops short of the fielder at short cover. Eight runs from that over. KKR need less than a run-a-ball now.

  • 22:39 (IST)

    After 8 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 99/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 40 , Robin Uthappa (W) 14)

    Left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Ptel into the attack now. He did pretty well in the previous match against RCB with figures of 4/12. But Uthappa goes deep into his crease and plays a deft cut to backward point. Four. That was delicate from Uthappa, whom you usually associate with brawny hits for sixes. But he shows he can play touch cricket when required. Gambhir takes a couple at square leg to end that over. Axar gives away ten runs in his first over.     

  • 22:35 (IST)

    After 7 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 89/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 36 , Robin Uthappa (W) 8)

    Mohit Sharma comes into the attack now. Gambhir pulls the first delivery he faces and finds the gap behind square. Four. A handsome cut off the next ball, but goes straight to the backward point fielder. Uthappa gets a length delivery and dismisses it from his presence. Deposits it into the stands at wide long on. That ball travelled 73 metres. An attractive cover drive on the next ball,. but there is cover in the deep. Two runs taken.

  • Highest scores for KKR in powerplay overs:
    76 v KXIP, Kolkata, 2017*
    73 v GL, Rajkot, 2017

  • Most career wickets before opening for the first time in IPL:
    87 - SUNIL NARINE*
    56 - Ravichandran Ashwin 

  • 22:29 (IST)

    After 6 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 76/1 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 31 , Robin Uthappa (W) 0)

    SUNIL NARINE YOU BEAUTY! Consecutive sixes off Varun Aaron. Sends the ball soaring into the stands. The Eden crowd goes delirious. The third ball is picked up and deposited to the backward square leg fence. Shades of Chris Gyale there! A short ball and Narine goes again, but this time he is caught at deep midwicket. Oh well! Every good thing has to come to an end. It was good while it lasted. A glare from Aaron. Quite out of place that though, Aaron really cut a sorry figure there, being carted by a 'tailender'. Narine though played his part admirably. Uthappa is the new man in and is beaten outside the off stump straightaway. A strategic timeout at the end of that over. After the first six overs, KKR well on course. 

  • 22:24 (IST)

    OUT! Narine departs caught at deep midwicket. A good hand by him.

    Narine c Axar b Aaron 37(18) 

  • Sensational start for KKR. Maxwell will be scratching his head now, how to halt the momentum? Narine pinch hitting at the top of the order has thrown KXIP off a bit for sure but it's Gambhir who's doing damage as well. 

    Interestingly Maxwell hasn't turned to his best bowler Axar Patel yet, probably due to the two left handers at the crease. 

  • 22:19 (IST)

    After 5 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 60/0 ( Sunil Narine 21 , Gautam Gambhir (C) 31)

    Maxwell into the attack now. Strays on Gambhir's pads, who turns it round the corner for a four. Amla gives chase, but to no avail. Narine gives Maxwell half a charge and picks the gap through extra cover. Fifty up for KKR. Swivels and sends the next ball over backward square leg and into the fence. Consecutive boundaries. Narine doesn't cease to amaze. Gambhir gets a boundary at deep square leg to make it a huge over for KKR. 18 runs off that over.    

  • 22:15 (IST)

    After 4 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 42/0 ( Sunil Narine 12 , Gautam Gambhir (C) 22)

    Ishant continues. Raps Gambhir on the pads. Looked pretty adjacent to the stumps, but pitched outside off. Nigel Llong is a brilliant umpire. A quick single taken. But athletic fielding from Miller. Narine was ambling in and would have had to run all the way back to hut if that had hit. But unfortunately for KXIP, there is no ione backing up and the ball runs away to the boundary. Costly overthrows. Gambhir then gets a boundary, as he jumps up to tackle the extra bounce Ishant is getting and sends the ball rocketing to the point fence. The Eden crowd has got a Mexican wave going. The atmosphere is electric. But Sanjay Manjrekar, as caustic as he usually he, calls it an Indian ripple instead. Meanwhile 11 runs off that over.

  • 22:10 (IST)

    After 3 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 31/0 ( Sunil Narine 11 , Gautam Gambhir (C) 17)

    Sandeep Sharma to Narine. Six! You never imagined you would say this, but the move is reaping results so far. Straight through the line and back over the top. That would have made even Chris Lynn proud! A sublime punch off the back foot by Gambhir through point. No chance for any fielder. Another four. Cover drive played to perfection, penetrates the in-field. Sixteen runs from that over. A good one for KKR.

  • 22:04 (IST)

    After 2 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 15/0 ( Sunil Narine 4 , Gautam Gambhir (C) 8)

    Ishant Sharma to bowl the second over of the KKR innings, to bowl to his Delhi Ranji Trophy teammate Gambhir. Short and angling away from the KKR captain. He plays and missses, but then conects one, and finds the gap through point. Four. Ishant induces an edge as Gambhir has trouble getting on top of the bounce. Maxwell dives at slip, but it is just a bit away from him. A boundary to third man. Gambhir plays and misses the next three balls, all of them angling away from him. 

  • Sunil Narine as an opener in T20 cricket before today:
    Innings - 3
    Runs - 37
    Average - 12.30
    Strike rate - 137.03

  • Did you know?
    Kolkata Knight Riders have won last 10 consecutive matches in IPL while chasing at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The last time they lost while chasing at this venue was v MI in 2012.

  • 21:59 (IST)

    After 1 over, Kolkata Knight Riders 5/0 ( Sunil Narine 4 , Gautam Gambhir (C) 0)

    Sunil Narine opening! Difficult to understand the logic behind this move. One thought the concept of pinch-hitter is no more in fashion. He clearly has the mandate to throw his bat at everything and that's what he is doing. Connects one to get a boundary over backward point. Plays and misses repeatedly thereafter. Connects another, but there is hardly any foot movement. But can't penetrate the in-field. What a poor replacement for Chris Lynn. 

  • Gautam Gambhir at Eden Gardens in IPL in powerplay overs:
    Balls - 493
    Runs - 614
    Dismissals - 17
    Average - 36.12
    Strike rate - 124.54 

  • 21:53 (IST)

    Right! Surprise....Surprise. Sunil Narine walks out to open with Gambhir.

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    After 20 overs,Kings XI Punjab 170/9 ( Sandeep Sharma 0 , )

    Woakes into the attack. Mohit Sharma and Varun Aaron at the crease. Mohit departs trying to get some quick runs in the last over, as he offers an easy catch to Suryakumar Yadav to long on. Sandeep Sharma is the new man in. The last ball is wide. Woakes will have to rebowl that. And the extra delivery produces another wicket, as Aaron spoons one and Gambhir juggles the ball, but holds on in the end. The KKr captain almost drops a sitter himself. You know what the talk in the KKR dressing room will be. The fielding almost hurt them bad in this match again, but they got important wickets at regular intervals and that was the saving grace. A manageable score in the end, though at one time it looked like Punjab wwre well on course for 190-200. KKR will fancy this one. 

  • 21:46 (IST)

    Did you know?

    170 by KXIP is the highest total in IPL history with no individual batsman scoring 30 runs. The previous highest was 160 by SRH v KKR in 2014 at Kolkata. 

  • Kings XI kept losing wickets at regular intervals and that really cost them a bigger total. They will feel they are at least 20 short but will back their bowling attack on a pitch which has something for the seamers. Big test now for Maxwell how he handles his bowlers defending a total that seems slightly under par.

  • KXIP today:
    First 7 overs: 62/1 (RR-8.86)
    Next 7 overs: 57/3 (RR-8.14)
    Last 6 overs: 51/5 (RR-8.50)

  • 21:40 (IST)

    OUT! Varun Aaron goes on the last ball. Gambhir almost dropped it though.

    Aaron c Gambhir b Woakes 4(5)

  • 21:39 (IST)

    OUT! Mohit Sharma departs trying to up the ante.

    Mohit Sharma c Suryakumar Yadav b Woakes 10(8) 

  • 21:38 (IST)

    After 19 overs,Kings XI Punjab 166/7 ( Mohit Sharma 2 , Varun Aaron 9)

    Umesh comes back. Miller gets stuck into him. Sends the soaring into the stands at deep square leg, then gets a four as Umesh gets an attempted yorker wrong. But then Umesh comes back strongly, as Manish Pandey takles a fine diving catch at midwicket to dismiss Miller. Axar Patel is the new man in. It's Saha's turn to depart then, as he hits one in the air and another fine work on the field. That's quite a change in the field for KKR. Woakes takes it well diving forward at mid off. Mohit Sharma comes to bat. Umesh on hat-trick. Mohit Sharma prevents the hat-trick, but then anotehr wicket falls. Axar departs. What an over. 

  • 21:34 (IST)

    After 18 overs,Kings XI Punjab 156/7 ( Mohit Sharma 1 , )

    Umesh comes back. Miller gets stuck into him. Sends the soaring into the stands at deep square leg, then gets a four as Umesh gets an attempted yorker wrong. But then Umesh comes back strongly, as Manish Pandey takles a fine diving catch at midwicket to dismiss Miller. Axar Patel is the new man in. It's Saha's turn to depart then, as he hits one in the air and another fine work on the field. That's quite a change in the field for KKR. Woakes takes it well diving forward at mid off. Mohit Sharma comes to bat. Umesh on hat-trick. Mohit Sharma prevents the hat-trick, but then anotehr wicket falls. Axar departs. What an over. 

Preview: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders would be wary of a transformed and formidable Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League (IPL) face-off at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

The purple brigade, champions in 2012 and 2014, may boast of a 13-6 win-loss record against the perennial bridesmaid, but the scenario looks different, especially in the context of an injured Chris Lynn, the leading run-getter of the season.

KXIP captain Glenn Maxwell (L) and KKR's Gautam Gambhir. AFP

KXIP captain Glenn Maxwell (L) and KKR's Gautam Gambhir. AFP

The Aussie had become the IPL's latest batting sensation after his 41-ball 93 not out in a record 184-run opening stand with Gautam Gambhir (76 from 48) handed Gujarat Lions a 10-wicket rout in the opening match.

But Lynn aggravated an old injury in his left shoulder against Mumbai Indians in which KKR suffered a four-wicket loss.

Lynn had undergone surgery on the same shoulder in 2014 and the injury returned to haunt him, throwing his IPL campaign in jeopardy even as an official word was still awaited.

While Lynn looks doubtful starter against KXIP, KKR, however, will be boosted by the return of star India pacer Umesh Yadav who has joined the team on Tuesday.

The pacer had complained of right hip and lower back soreness to miss the first two KKR matches after a gruelling home season with the national team in which he played 12 of the 13 Tests and was instrumental in India's 2-1 win over Australia.

On spin-friendly conditions, Umesh was incisive with his new-found rhythm as he gave vital breakthroughs to finish the season as India's third-highest wicket-taker behind Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

He is likely to replace Ankit Rajpoot, who gave away 19 runs in the penultimate over against Mumbai, who chased down KKR's challenging 178 with a ball to spare.

With all their bases covered in bowling, KKR will look to revel in home conditions but their batting looks depleted, in the likely absence of Lynn.

If the Australian misses out, Gambhir may be prompted to include Bangladeshi allrounder Shakib Al Hasan in place of either Trent Boult or Chris Woakes.

Lynn' absence would mean Robin Uthappa would be back to opening but his prolonged lean patch is a cause of concern for the home team.

The onus would be on the domestic cricketers like Manish Pandey, who hit a sparkling 47-ball 81 against MI, to take the responsibility.

Kings XI, whose best finish from nine editions was runers-up in 2014, have the X-factor in mentor Virender Sehwag who has already made his presence felt with his bold moves and have pulled a rabbit out of hat with back-to-back wins against Rising Pune Supergiant and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

First it was in handing Aussie allrounder Glenn Maxwell a captaincy debut. Fresh from his maiden Test century against India in Ranchi, Maxwell was named ahead of Eoin Morgan and Darren Sammy and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

His 44 not out led to a six-wicket win over RPS, while in the next match he remained unbeaten on 43 from 22 balls to script a commanding eight-wicket win over RCB.

Sehwag also made a last-minute addition in Ishant Sharma and the experienced pacer, who had donned the KKR jersey earlier, will look to represent his fifth IPL franchise. Ishant will be a good addition, considering that death bowling has been a cause of concern for KKR.

It may be the only worry for the visitors, something that came to fore in their last match where AB de Villiers tore Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma apart.

This will also be a homecoming for KXIP wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha who would look to thrive on his current form.

Teams (from)

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Robin Uthappa (wk),  Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shaikb-Al-Hasan, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajpoot, Suryakumar Yadav and Umesh Yadav.

Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (C), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natarajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.

Match starts 8pm IST.

With PTI inputs.

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Updated Date: Apr 14, 2017 00:42:16 IST

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