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IPL 2016, KKR vs SRH: Gautam Gambhir drives Kolkata home, see pics

After an impressive show by the seamers, Gautam Gambhir's unbeaten 90 powers KKR to eight-wicket win.

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SRH got the coin toss in their favour and skipper David Warner elected to bat first on a hot afternoon. The wicket had some grass, but it was there only to hold the surface together in the heat. With the ball, KKR were right on the money. Their new ball bowlers gave early inroads and never allowed SRH to settle down, or even think about scoring in the batting powerplay. Shikhar Dhawan departed early, extending his poor run with the bat.

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David Warner, too, didn't last long as he was undone by a clever change of pace by Umesh Yadav and the left-hander could only chip it to Surya Kumar Yadav at cover. This was just the start of a fine spell by Umesh.

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The seamer was hitting the right areas and unleased the effort ball every now and then. His lines were disciplined and it allowed skipper Gambhir to go for wickets. SRH were in the tatters after the powerplay as they lost three wickets in the first six.

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There was no respite after the powerplay too as Andre Russell sent Deepak Hooda packing to reduce SRH to 50/4 in the 10th over. In walked Naman Ojha to join Eoin Morgan and they duo commenced SRH recovery.

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It was a cautious start but they took their chances in the last five overs to give the scoreboard a much needed push. From 50/4, they took the side to 117/5 - the time Ojha was dismissed for 37. Morgan too fell shortly after scoring his FIFTY and SRH ended their innings at 142/7. A total they would have taken at the half-way mark of their innings.

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Chasing the modest total, KKR were at their solid best. Both Gambhir and Robin Uthappa got the team off to yet another fine start and didn't allow SRH to make early inroads. The pair added 92 before Uthappa was undone by a Reddy slower one.

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Uthappa scored a 34-ball 38 before Reddy's back of the hand delivery trapped the opener in front of the wickets. Umpire had a long look before raising the finger. Success came, but probably too late.

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Gambhir was fluent at the other end and he exploded after Uthappa's dismissal. The skipper scored his second consecutive FIFTY and powered the side home with 10 balls to spare, eight wickets in the kitty. This was KKR's second win in three IPL 2016 games.