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Man of the Match, Sunil Narine says that he is really surprised by his knock today. Informs that Lynn told him to just keep eye on the ball and swing through the line of it. Admits that he backs his ability to hit the ball out of the park. Opines that the wicket he took of de Villiers was crucial to get the things back to normalcy. Applauds his team for putting in such a good effort.
Kolkata skipper, Gautam Gambhir opines that he hasn't seen such a partnership like that of Lynn and Narine in his entire career. Adds that no one expects a team to score over 100 runs inside the Powerplay. Praises Chris Lynn for his power hitting prowess even after coming back from an injury. Feels that Lynn is the hardest hitter of the cricket ball. Reckons that it was the team management's decision to open with Sunil Narine as it does not make sense for him to bat at number 8.
Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli says that they thought they had enough on the board but credits other teams for playing better. Calls it a season to forget. Admits that if the batting has clicked the bowling has not worked for them and vice-versa. Adds that things are just not coming together for them. Mentions that they have not put in a complete performance. Promises that things can't get worse and hopes that the team can perform better for the fans who come out in numbers.
Once the visitors turned out to bat, the wicket looked a totally different one. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn started hammering everyone all around the park. The former registered the joint quickest fifty of the tournament ever while the latter also managed to score a half century on his comeback. They both stitched in a partnership of 105 runs in 37 balls to take the game away from the hosts. It was a mere formality but the visitors did lose a couple of wickets before crossing the line eventually.
Kolkata have totally dominated the game against Bangalore. After electing to bowl, they did really well to keep the hosts in control. Travis Head and Mandeep Singh made useful contributions after another dismal batting performance from the big guns for the hosts. Head finished things off well and the home side had a glimmer of hope.
Pawan Negi to Manish Pandey
Pandey cuts it through the point region and calls Pathan for the second. KOLKATA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
Yuzvendra Chahal to Yusuf Pathan
Tossed way outside off, Pathan goes for a slog sweep but he fails to make contact.
Wide! Another one wide outside off, Pathan still goes for it but fails to make contact.
The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
Lucky Pathan! Fires a googly way outside off, Pathan has a go at it. He gets a faint bottom edge to it and the keeper takes it easily. The players appeal but the umpire stays put.
Tosses this one way outside off, Pathan fails to make contact with the ball.
Fuller into the stumps, Yusuf Pathan digs it out towards mid on. Calls for a single but Pandey sends him back. The fielder throws it back to the striker's end but Pathan was back in time.
Yusuf Pathan has to walk out to bat.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Gautam Gambhir
OUT! Gambhir throws it away! Tosses this one wide outside off, Gambhir goes for the drive over covers. Negi at short extra cover does not have to move an inch and takes an easy catch to send the Kolkata skipper back. Chahal finally gets a wicket.
Pawan Negi to Gautam Gambhir
Floated outside off, Gambhir guides it towards short third man for a single to keep strike. 3 runs needed off 36 balls.
Pandey pulls it in front of the square leg region for a single.
Gautam dabs it towards short third man for a single.
Into the stumps, Pandey drives it through covers for a single.
Manish Pandey is the new man in.