Kolkata Knight Riders Record Their Biggest Win in Indian Premier League
Gautam Gambhir (63*) and Robin Uthappa (46) starred in Kolkata Knight Riders' 9-wicket win over Kings IX Punjab. It was their most convincing win in the Indian Premier League in terms of wickets and took them to fourth position in the points table.
Kolkata Knight Riders have emulated their biggest win in terms of wickets in the Indian Premier League. They have won three games by nine wickets - against Mumbai Indians at Kolkata on April 19, 2010, against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur on April 15, 2011 and against Kings XI Punjab at Cuttack on May 11, 2014. Here are some other statistical highlights from the match:
# Kolkata have won seven and lost six out of 13 contested against Punjab in the IPL - winning % 53.84. (Gambhir All Praise For Uthappa)
# Virender Sehwag took his tally to 253 (ave.28.11) in nine matches. He is the third Punjab player to manage 200 runs or more in the IPL 2014 - the leading run-getters being Glenn Maxwell (474) and David Miller (297).
# Sehwag's 72 off 50 balls is his highest score in the IPL 2014 - his first fifty for Punjab in the IPL. (Match Report)
# Sehwag has recorded his second fifty in ten matches against Kolkata in the IPL - his first fifty vs Kolkata was for Delhi - 64 off 40 balls at Kolkata on April 7, 2010. (Highlights)
# Four batsmen - Mahela Jayawardene, Rohit Sharma, David Warner and Chris Gayle - have registered a hundred each against Kolkata in the IPL. (Scorecard)
# Morne Morkel (2/20) has produced his best bowling performance for Kolkata in the IPL 2014.
# Mandeep Singh has recorded his first duck vs Kolkata in the IPL - his tally against Kolkata in the IPL being 110 (ave.22.00) in five innings.
# Mandeep's overall IPL record is just mediocre - his tally being 767 in 40 innings at an average of 20.18, including three fifties and five ducks.
# Gautam Gambhir's 63 is his third consecutive fifty in the IPL 2014 - 54 vs Rajasthan; 69 vs Delhi and 63 not out vs Punjab.
# Gambhir's tally of 15 fifties is a record by a Kolkata batsman in the IPL. His overall IPL tally of 23 fifties is a record.
# The top three run-getters vs Punjab in the IPL are - Chris Gayle (590), Rohit Sharma (464) and Gautam Gambhir (444).
# Gambhir has appeared in 57 matches for Kolkata in the IPL - the most by a player for Kolkata.
# As IPL captain for Delhi and Kolkata, Gambhir has led in 72 games, winning 39 and losing 32. One game resulted in a tie - winning % 54.86.
# Gambhir (2709) is the third batsman to manage 2700 runs or more in the IPL, joining Suresh Raina (3033) and Rohit Sharma (2714).
(Stats courtesy Rajesh Kumar)