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IPL 10: Kolkata Predicted XI against Gujarat in their opener

IPL 10: Kolkata Predicted XI against Gujarat in their opener

Kolkata Knight Riders chased down a target of 184 with all their wickets intact, setting up a world record in T20 cricket, thanks to an awesome opening wicket stand by Big Bash star Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir. Suresh Raina top-scored for the Lions with an unbeaten 68 as his side posted what would have seemed a respectable 4-183.

Imagine if Dinda were here! They lost opener Jason Roy relatively early before skipper Suresh Raina joined New Zealander Brendon McCullum at one down to raise the pitch for the home team.

He was dropped twice in succession as the Knight Riders neared the victory target but in the end he and Gautum Gambhir (76*) would see their team home and record the highest successful runs chase with all ten wickets in hand in the IPL.

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12 Fours by Gambhir in his unbeaten 76, equalling the second most he has hit in a T20 innings.

In the last four overs, the Kolkata Knight Riders leaked 54 runs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. While the Lions had a good season in 2016, they were knocked off in the eliminator by defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rovman Powell, Chris Lynn, Chris Woakes, Kuldeep Yadav, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla.

The unbroken opening stand of 184 between the pair became the highest in IPL history for the first wicket, surpassing the 167-run partnership between Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in 2013.

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Karthik (47 off 25) continued his purple patch with the bat with a well-paced 47 off 25 balls where the Tamil Nadu batsman spanked medium pacer Englishman Chris Woakes, who had a forgettable debut in the penultimate over.

Raina should consider himself lucky as beside surviving a run out chance, he was dropped again - this time Pathan spilling a simple chance - soon after scoring the batsman scored his half-century. Roy will bat at the top of the order and at 3/1 looks a good option. For KKR, chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets giving away 25 runs.

Gujarat Lions: Praveen Kumar 2-0-13-0; Dhawal Kulkarni 2.5-0-42-0; Manpreet Gony 2-0-32-0; Shivil Kaushik 4-0-40-0; Dwayne Smith 1-0-23-0; Shadab Jakati 3-0-30-0.

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