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Dominant Knight Riders remain unbeaten

Kolkata Knight Riders 187 for 2 (Uthappa 85*, Pandey 76*) beat Dolphins151 for 8 (Phehlukwayo 37, Narine 3-33) by
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Leading in his 100th T20, against Dolphins in Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir wanted his side to do something different and test themselves before the semi-final. So for the second time in their streak of 13 victories, incidentally the longest for an Indian T20 side, Knight Riders batted first. It veered from their set game plan of allowing their spinners to tie up the opposition in knots before chasing a target but the end result was along expected lines, specially after Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey had razed the Dolphins attack with unbeaten fifties and a 153-run partnership, the highest stand in the Champions League.

Dolphins made a small dent early in Knight Riders' innings, getting rid of Gambhir and Jacques Kallis, and Kyle Abbott managed to slip in a couple of searching overs at the start, utilising some movement off the pitch. Then Uthappa and Pandey came together with the score at 34 for 2 in the fifth over and by the time the innings ended, their stand had come at a swift clip of 10 runs per over. Their batting was almost effortless, specially Uthappa's, whose polished drives were mixed in with well-timed steers behind the wicket.

Pandey, at the other end, used a swinging backlift to carve out fours and sixes. He also benefitted from two reprieves; he was dropped on 32 and 33 in the 13th and 14th overs and duly repaid Dolphins by smashing 42 off the next 19 balls he faced. He mauled Abbott, Dolphins' best bowler, scything and swinging his way to 21 runs in the 18th over. The ease with which the pair accumulated the runs meant that Knight Riders coasted at more than eight runs an over for most of their innings, before ending at 187 for 2.

In their previous games, Dolphins had shown glimpses of explosiveness in their batting but it didn't come together in this game. The early wickets added to the pressure of a tall chase but there were bright spots for Dolphins, particularly the entertaining, and at times brash, 63-run partnership between Khaya Zondo and Andile Phehlukwayo. The latter survived an edgy start before slamming some powerful shots, including a reverse sweep off Sunil Narine that came off due to his late adjustment. Narine contributed 3 for 33 to the win, which now places Knight Riders behind Surrey and Otago on the list of teams with most successive wins in T20s.

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Streak extended

13

Number of consecutive wins for KKR - joint third longest streak, along with Surrey. Sialkot Stallions hold the record (25 wins)

Expensive wickets

34

The most runs that Narine has conceded while taking 3 or more wickets (v NZ, 2012). He conceded 33 runs for 3 wickets today.

Up against it

90

The most runs that Dolphins have scored in the last 10 overs of a chase - they need 123 to win today.

Young and miserly

12

Number of bowlers who have a sub-5 economy rate after bowling in at least 5 T20 games - Kuldeep Yadav is one.

Coincidence

188

Dophins' target today. This is exactly how much they scored against CSK on 22 Sept. while chasing 243. They have won chasing 188+ only once.

Jugalbandi

153

Today's partnership between Pandey and Uthappa - the highest in all CLT20 and the highest ever for KKR (any wicket)

Record Partnership

111

The previous highest 3rd wicket partnership for KKR (Pujara and Ganguly). Uthappa and Pandey have now gone past this.

Piling it on

19

Number of times that KKR have now made 125+ runs in 15 overs. This is their third time in the Champions League

Go fetch!

3

Number of batsmen who have hit 100+ fours in 2014 - Uthappa, Dwayne Smith (117) and Lendl Simmons (116).

Top Indian

7

Number of T20 fifties for Robin Uthappa in 2014, the joint highest by an Indian, along with Virat Kohli. Lendl Simmons is the overall highest (10 fifties)

Purple Purple!

12

Number of times in his last 14 T20 innings that Uthappa has made a 40+ score

Ominous signs

4

Number of times in the Champions League that KKR have previously made 80+ in the first 10 overs - they have won each time.

bang in the middle

34/2

KKR's average five-over score in the Champions League - exactly what they got today.

Ton up

100

Number of matches for Gambhir as captain. The only other player with 100+ matches as captain is Dhoni (183).

Hot streak

12

The most consecutive T20s won by an Indian team - KKR and Bengal have won as many. The overall record is 25 (Sialkot Stallions)

Champions League Twenty20

Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
KKR440160.716
CSK421100.945
PS4228-0.038
Lions4126-0.051
DOLPH4040-1.338
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
KXIP440162.13
HH431121.193
BT4134-0.256
COBRA4134-0.955
ND4134-2.667
Qualifying Group
TeamMWLPTNRR
ND330122.08
Lions3218-0.065
MI3124-0.064
Expre3030-2.033