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Kolkata Knight Riders

May 19, 2011 by staff 

Kolkata Knight RidersKolkata Knight Riders, Captain Gautam Gambhir compiled a neat 54 not out as Kolkata Knight Riders scored an easy victory over seven pedestrian Pune Warriors to strengthen their chances of qualifying for the playoffs IPL.

Gambhir struck seven fours from 46 balls as Kolkata scored 119-3 in 16.4 overs in reply to Pune is very impressive 118-7 in a slow court to DY Patil Stadium.

Calcutta, who has never made the knockout stages of the IPL, is in a three-way struggle for the other two slots in the game, along with Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. Pune is out of contention.

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Bangalore Royal Challengers have secured playoff places.

“I wanted to bring forward as these two points were very important to us,” said Gambhir. “They had nothing to lose, while it had everything to win.”

Gambhir Yusuf Pathan and off-road (29) took control of the game with a stand of 64 runs for the third stop after Manoj Tiwary had made a career, a ball 24.

Pathan was with only two runs needed for victory, bringing the total to pull left arm pace Wayne Parnell played for former India captain Sourav Ganguly take a good catch running to his left.

Pathan, who had taken a couple of points early in the day, crashed a six three fours in his coup of 25 balls.

Previously, Pune hitters could not get any significant association when asked to bat first in the DY Patil Stadium.

Captain Yuvraj Singh, arriving at No. 6, was the top scorer with 24 off 26 deliveries with two fours. The left-hander was associated in a 34-run partnership with Sachin Rana, the highest entries.

Rana Ganguly scored 18 with each other about everything around scratching.

Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh captain did well in the middle of the innings with his bowling spin; while the rhythm player Lakshmipathy Balaji got two wickets in the only other time I tossed them into the final entries.

“I thought the draw was vital,” said Yuvraj. “The ball swung a lot in the first innings, but he did much later.”

In the only match on Friday, Sachin Tendulkar led Mumbai will host the claim out of Rajasthan Royals, which will be captained by Shane Warne big shift last. The Australian will retire from all forms of the game after the tournament.

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