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Gautam Gambhir led from the front with a confident half-century after Sunil Narine stifled Lahore Lions with his magical spin bowling © IANS (File Photo)

Sep 22, 2014

Shah Rukh Khan the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) side thrilled after his team’s win against Pakistan side Lahore Lions in the ongoing Champions League T20 (CLt20) 2014. He expressed his happiness in Twitter. Shah Rukh tweeted, “Come on KKR…..this is the way we roll. I am so happy I will dance even harder tonight. Thank u boys..”

Earlier, Skipper Gautam Gambhir led from the front with a confident half-century after Sunil Narine stifled Lahore Lions with his magical spin bowling as Kolkata Knight Riders eked out a four-wicket win in a Champions League Twenty20 Group A match. Gambhir (60) anchored the 152-run chase with his 47-ball knock as he and fellow opener Robin Uthappa (46) rattled up a 100-run stand, which paved the way for an easy win, which was 11th in a row for the IPL champions in this format.

The chase was complete in 19.3 overs as KKR lost five quick wickets after being placed comfortably at 113 for one at one stage. Narine, in his excellent figures, took three wickets at the expense of just nine runs in his four overs as Lions posted 151 for seven after being asked to bat. Narine scalped two batsmen in two balls in his three-wicket haul and it was largely the contributions from opener Ahmed Shehzad (59) and Umar Akmal (40) that propped up the Lions innings.

Gambhir and Uthappa stroked freely before off-spinner Adnand Rasool broke the stand by castling the latter in the 13th over. Exactly 12 balls later, Gambhir met the same fate at the hands of paceman Mustafa Iqbal. KKR were firmly in control at that stage but lost wickets in a heap after that as they lost Manvinder Bisla (6), Yusuf Pathan (11), Ryan ten Doeschate (12) and Andre Russell (1). Suryakumar Yadav (14) though ensured that KKR cross the finish line and there was no twist in the tale, PTI reported.

 

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