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That's it from us for this game. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. We look forward to your company tomorrow for Match 31 of the Indian T20 League 2017 between Bangalore and Gujarat at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Until then, it's goodbye and take care!

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Man of the Match, Robin Uthappa says that he has always been strong. Adds that he just informed someone close that he is feeling very confident about his technique. Says that it is important to respect the momentum generated and not to take anything for granted. Their aim is to finish in the top two on the table. Mentions that his glovework can get better, MS Dhoni has set the benchmark so he is trying to get there. Adds that they knew the deck would be better to bat on in the second innings despite the odd ball gripping a touch.

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Kolkata skipper, Gautam Gambhir says that they are a confident chasing side. Credits his bowlers for bowling really well and restricting the opposition to 180. On his batting, he replies it's always good to be contributing with the bat. Mentions that he has always maintained that the individual milestones do not matter as it is a team game and what really matters is points on the board. Applauds his wrist spinners for bowling really well and also appreciates Umesh Yadav and Chris Woakes. Feels that the Indian T20 League has a very hectic schedule and they did not want to risk Nathan Coulter-Nile who is coming after a long lay off. Ends by saying that he will be mostly back for the next game.

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Pune skipper, Steven Smith says that they were in the game at the innings break. Adds that the boys did well to get 180. Mentions that they were not helped by the dew as the bowlers struggled to grip the ball. Further adds that they needed 200 probably, in hindsight. Credits Gambhir and Uthappa for pacing their knocks. Admits that they did miss Stokes but others should have stepped up. Adds that they again dropped a few catches and it's happening a lot. Feels it is not an attitude thing and wants it to get sorted. Hopes that they can turn things around and execute their plans better.

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Post that drop, there was no stopping Uthappa as he hammered all the bowlers all around the park to single-handedly turn the tide in the visitors' favour. Gambhir was the anchor of the ship and they both managed to get their respective fifties, en route a 158-run stand. The pair departed towards the end but the game was already over by then. With this win, Kolkata climb to the top of the table. Pune have a lot of thinking to do, especially in their bowling attack.

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Another spectacular chase from Kolkata. Sunil Narine once again gave them a good start before a clever run out from the tag team of Shardul Thakur and MS Dhoni caught him short of the crease. Robin Uthappa came in and just when he was looking to settle down, he was put down by Jaydev Unadkat. And that was the last time the hosts were in the game.

18.1
4

Shardul Thakur to Darren Bravo

FOUR! BAMM! Full length delivery outside off, Bravo thumps it powerfully through the cover region for a boundary. That's it, KOLKATA WIN BY 7 WICKETS WITH 11 BALLS TO SPARE.

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Shardul Thakur to bowl an over.

17.6
1

Daniel Christian to Darren Bravo

Fuller delivery outside off, Bravo pushes it towards point for a single.

17.5
0

Daniel Christian to Darren Bravo

Length delivery outside off, Bravo flashes his blade at it but fails to make contact.

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Manish Pandey walks in to bat. Kolkata need just 4 runs.

17.4
W

Daniel Christian to Gautam Gambhir

OUT! Another one bites the dust! Short delivery outside off, the ball becomes big on Gambhir who goes for the pull. He miscues his pull and gets it straight to the fielder at mid on. Shardul Thakur makes no mistake and pouches it easily.

17.3
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Daniel Christian to Gautam Gambhir

Fuller delivery outside off, Gambhir drives it straight to the fielder at covers.

17.2
1

Daniel Christian to Darren Bravo

Length delivery outside off, Bravo gets off the mark as he dabs it down towards third man for a single.

17.1
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Daniel Christian to Darren Bravo

Fuller delivery outside off, Bravo shuffles across and tries to defend it. Fails to make contact as the ball goes through to the keeper.

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Daniel Christian is back into the attack.

16.6
0

Jaydev Unadkat to Gautam Gambhir

Gambhir cuts it straight to the fielder at point.

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Darren Bravo comes out to bat.

16.5
W

Jaydev Unadkat to Robin Uthappa

OUT! That's too late! Slower short ball outside off, Uthappa stays in his crease and tries to flat bat it over the mid off region for a maximum. Cannot make proper contact and the ball balloons towards mid off. Rahul Tripathi traces back and takes a good catch. An entertaining innings from Uthappa comes to an end.

16.4
1

Jaydev Unadkat to Gautam Gambhir

Length delivery outside off, Gambhir dabs it towards point for a single.

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