High on confidence after their remarkable win over Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders put in another good performance against Lahore Lions. Catch all the highlights here (Scorecard):
23:52 (IST): Hafeez is proud of his boys despite the defeat and praised Narine's bowling as well.
"We got the target we wanted to. 150 on this pitch with the way the ball was turning. Fielding was not up to the mark. We did not take some chances. Still it was a good show, youngsters are learning every game, we have to give them confidence, they will do well. Shehzad was magnificent. Narine bowled well," he said.
Gambhir is happy with his team winning 11 games in a row.
"Important that the openers give a good platform, made it easy for the middle order. Middle order had won us the last game. A kind of wicket where you never know what a good total is. Robin took his time and later played good shots. I do not want to be too critical (about the fielding). We have won 11 in a row which is a great achievement," he said.
Player of the match Narine is modest and maintains it was a team effort.
"Mainly it is trying to keep down the run rate in the Powerplay and hopefully pick up a wicket or two. He (Kuldeep Yadav) is a pretty good bowler, he is young, has a lot to learn," he said.
23:22 (IST): That is that. The match is over. Kolkata make it over the line with 3 balls left and seal their second straight win in the tournament.
23:15 (IST): WICKET! Russell is out and the match gets more interesting. Kolkata 147/6 in 19.1 overs, Target: 152.
23:11 (IST):WICKET! Riaz traps ten Doeschate lbw to give Lahore some relief. Kolkata 146/5 in `18.3 overs.
23:05 (IST): WICKET! Pathan falls trying to go for a big one. Kolkata 135/4 in 17.2 overs, Target: 152.
22:55 (IST): WICKET! Bisla is gone and Kolkata beginning to lose their way a little. Kolkata 115/3 in 15.1 overs, Target: 152.
22:51 (IST): WICKET! Gambhir falls for 60. Kolkata 113/2 in 14.3 overs.
22:41 (IST): WICKET! Uthappa is bowled for 46 by Adnan Rasool. Kolkata 100/1 in 12.3 overs, Target: 152.
22:40 (IST): That's fifty for Gambhir, the skipper leading from the front. Kolkata 98/1 in 12 overs.
22:22 (IST): Lahore bowlers desperately need a wicket as the openers look to pile up the runs. Kolkata 68/0 in 9 overs, Target: 152.
22:09 (IST): Kolkata managing 48 runs in the 6 overs of powerplay.
22:01 (IST): Gambhir taking the attack to the bowlers as he consistently finds the boundary. Kolkata 30/1 in 4.3 overs, Target: 152.
21:46 (IST): A good start by Hafeez as just 6 runs come off the first over. Kolkata 6/0 in 1 over, Target: 152.
21:35 (IST): So the late surge by Akmal ensures that Lahore score 151/7. Narine finsihes with 3/9.
21:27 (IST): Akmal trying to get the score up in the latter overs. Lahore 135/6 in 19 overs.
21:17 (IST): Narine misses out on a hat-trick but the damage has been done as Lahore struggling after a good start.
21:09 (IST):Two wickets in two balls! Narine has brought the crowd to its feet. Lahore 103/6 in 15.3 overs.
21:04 (IST): WICKET! Nasim is out for zero and Narine has a wicket, a result of making the batsmen toil for runs. Lahore 98/4 in 13.5 overs.
20:56 (IST): WICKET! Kolkata get the man they wanted. Shehzad is gone for 59 and Chawla has his wicket. Lahore 91/3 in 12.4 overs.
20:51 (IST): Shehzad reaches his fifty as he aims to score a big one. Lahore 80/2 in 11.3 overs.
20:49 (IST): WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav gets into the act, Hafeez skies a catch to Russell. Lahore 75/2 in 11 overs.
20:37 (IST): Lahore looking set to score a big total. Lahore 59/1 in 8 overs.
20:31 (IST): WICKET! This was the only way the partnership good have been broken. Jamshed is run out for 10 and Kolkata have a breakthrough. Lahore 50/1 in 6.4 overs.
20:26 (IST): Lahore making good use of the fielding restrictions and Kolkata bowlers have no clue where to bowl. Lahore 47/0 in 6 overs.
20:15 (IST): Jamshed and Shehzad looking to play some shots as they make good use of the powerplay overs. Lahore 35/0 in 4 overs.
20:05 (IST): Cummins bowls a tight first over and the match is underway. Lahore 2/0 in 1 over.
19:47 (IST): Here are the teams for today's game:
Kolkata: G Gambhir (captain), RV Uthappa, MS Bisla (wicketkeeper), YK Pathan, RN ten Doeschate, SA Yadav, AD Russell, PJ Cummins, PP Chawla, SP Narine, Kuldeep Yadav
Lahore: Umar Siddiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Saad Nasim, Umar Akmal (wicketkeeper), Wahab Riaz, Asif Raza, Mustafa Iqbal, Adnan Rasool, Aizaz Cheema
19:37 (IST): Gambhir won the toss and has opted to bowl against Lahore. Hafeez seems happy to bat.
IT'S INDIA VS PAKISTAN
Buoyed by a spectacular win over Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural match, Kolkata Knight Riders will takes on spirited qualifiers Lahore Lions in their second game of the Champions League Twenty20.
KKR, this year's IPL champions, scored a remarkable victory over Chennai thanks to a scintillating knock of 58 runs by Andre Russell and Ryan ten Doeschate's unbeaten 51.
Russell, who is in brilliant form following a successful stint in the Carribean Premier League, and ten Doeschate came good when the top order comprising Captain Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Manvinder Bisla and Manish Pandey fumbled.
Kolkata's top batsmen can be match-winners individually and their combined might can make things really difficult for the rivals. Besides a strong batting line-up, the Kolkata side boasts of a competitive bowling department that includes the deadly Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Yusuf Pathan. (Read: Lahore Lions Take on Formidable Kolkata Knight Riders)
PERFECT START FOR KOLKATA
Andre Russell smashed a breathtaking half-century while Ryan ten Doeschate struck a fine unbeaten 51 to guide IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders to a seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in a Group A match.
Chasing a competitive 158 for a win, KKR were in trouble after slumping to 51 for five inside 10 overs.
However, Russell (58 off 25) and ten Doeschate shared match-winning 80 runs for the sixth wicket off just 42 balls to keep KKR afloat.
After Russell's dismissal, ten Doeshchate took the onus on himself to guide KKR home and managed to achieve that with six balls to spare.
KKR's chase, however, started on a horrendous note as they lost their first four wickets inside the 30-run mark.
Left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra (4/21) was the wrecker-in-chief for KKR. He accounted for the wickets of KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey and Manvinder Bisla in quick succession to rattle CSK.
In fact, Nehra was on the verge of a hat-trick as he dismissed Gambhir and Pandey in consecutive balls in the third over.
Yusuf Pathan too failed to sparkle as he edged a Mohit Sharma delivery to Faf du Plessis in the first slip in the fourth over.
Young Suryakumar Yadav started brightly with a 17-ball 19 before he was caught by Ravichandran Ashwin off Ravindra Jadeja in the ninth over with the KKR scoreboard reading 51 for five in nine overs.
Ten Doeshchate and Russell had other plans though as they started cautiously to build up the chase before opening up. (Read: Andre Russell, Ryan ten Doeschate Ensure Winning Start for Kolkata Knight Riders)
LAHORE LIONS OUT TO SPREAD LOVE
Expressing happiness over playing in a major tournament like Champions League Twenty20 in India, Lahore Lions captain Mohammad Hafeez said on Saturday that his team is determined to play well and get support of the crowd.
"It is great to come to India. People are crazy about cricket. When you play well, they support you. We will continue to provide entertainment to the crowd and get more support from them," he told reporters here ahead of Lions clash with IPL defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders here on Sunday.
Hafeez said his teammates were keen to put their best foot forward when they would take on a formidable KKR. (Lahore Lions Want to Win Indian Fans Over)