Manish Pandey © IANS (File Photo)
Manish Pandey scored 76 from 47 deliveries, forming a 153-run unbeaten third-wicket partnership with Robin Uthappa, who scored 87 runs © IANS (File Photo)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won their last league game in Champion’s League T20 (CLT20) 2014 against the Dolphins and registered their 13th win on a trot, which is record by any Indian team in T20 cricket. Sandipan Banerjee looks at some of the highlights of this CLT20 game.

Good start with the new ball by the Dolphin bowlers: Dolphin’s new ball bowlers, specially Kyle Abott bowled excellently with the new ball for Dolphins. There was pace, bounce and carry and the openers were rattled earlier by Abbott. Gautam Gambhir faced an excellent delivery, for which he had to take evasive action. Ultimately he was dismissed by Robert Frylinck, the first change bowler. Jacques Kallis, KKR’s number three also got out cheaply to Craig Alexander, who shared the new ball with Abbott. After the powerplay overs KKR were only 39 and they lost two important wickets.

KKR’s comeback through the record 153 run partnership between Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey: Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey‘s record breaking partnership of 153 runs of just 90 balls helped KKR to post a competitive 187 for two in their 50 overs. Their stunning exhibition of strokeplay by the two Karnataka boys impressed everyone. It was Dolphins who took early honours in the game through their pace duo Kyle Abbott and Robbie Frynlick but the bowlers wilted under the spectacular assault from the batting duo which resulted in KKR’s highest ever stand for all wickets. Uthappa and Pandey were at their best during the last few overs of KKR innings. Specially Pandey, who smashed 30 runs of his last 10 balls.

KKR bowlers finish the job with a professional display:  Dolphin’s chase was jolted initially by the early blows delivered by the off spin of Yusuf Pathan. Andre Russell’s first spell was full of pace and bounce. In the middle over the KKR spin trio, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla took control. Despite of dew in the ground and the wet ball, the spinners bowled well. Sunil Narine’s three for 33 and Yadav’s one for 30 were instrumental for KKR’s 36 run comfortable victory.

KKR’s winning streak continues:  KKR extended their winning streak to 13 matches—a record for an Indian team—with this comfortable 36-run victory over the Dolphins who end their CLT20 campaign winless. Gambhir’s boys would like to continue to extend this record, atleast for the next two matches. KKR will meet Hobart Hurricanes in their next game, which is semi-final of CLT20 2014.

Complete coverage of Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 here

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)