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Gambhir rescues KKR in time to finish off DD

In match 28 KKR were led from the front by skipper Gautam Gambhir scoring 69 to defeat DD by eight wickets perhaps ending the latter’s chances of climbing up on the ladder in Pepsi IPL 7 at the half way mark of the league games. Gautam was ably supported by opening partner Robin Uthappa who made a brilliant 47 as KKR registered a thumping win over a crumbling DD. KKR successfully chased down the target of 160 set up by DD. Chasing 161 the KKR openers put up yet another century stand that gave KKR a lifeline through gaining 2 points which were very necessary for KKR to survive in this tournament. For KKR this is the third win from the eight matches they have played out so far. However DD seems to have lost its chances of getting to the play offs as they have already lost 6 games out of the eight they have played. DD won the toss and chose to bat first. Their typical story of the top order collapse was again repeated in back to back matches. Quinton de Kock for 10, Murali Vijay for 24, Kevin Pietersen, 6, Shukla for 0 and Dinesh Karthik, 36 were all dismissed cheaply and none could stand their ground for the benefit of the team DD. It was only JP Duminy unbeaten on 40 joined by Kedar Jadhav unbeaten on 26 who led a late charge to take DD to a respectable total. Thanks to the efforts DD notched up 160 for five in their quota of 20 overs. In reply Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir took KKR to 106 in the 12th over before Wayne Parnell trapped Uthappa leg-before wicket. After having survived a lot of close calls Gambhir finally left after being caught behind by Karthik. It was Gambhir’s 22nd fifty in IPL, the most by any batsman and the most runs scored by a captain in IPL 7 as of yet. Pandey and Jacques Kallis took KKR to victory over DD at the Kotla with 10 balls to spare. The man of the match befittingly went to Gautam Gambhir.

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