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The Chennai Super Kings have stopped the Kolkata Knight Riders' unbeaten streak at 14 matches, thumping them by 8 wickets in the Final of the Champions League T20 in Bangalore tonight.

Having been put into bat after losing the toss, KKR posted a competitive 180-6 in their 20 overs, but will probably feel they were about 20 odd runs short, especially after the start they were given by captain Gautam Gambhir, who top scored for the IPL Champions with 80 from just 52 balls.

Gambhir's knock, punctuated with 7 boundaries and 3 maximums was part of a 91 run stand he shared for the opening wicket with Robin Uthappa, who made a handy 39 from 32 balls.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders extended their winning streak to 13 straight matches and confirmed their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 with a thumping 36 run win against the Dolphins.

Winning the toss and opting to make first use of the pitch, the Knight Riders posted an impressive 187 runs on the board for the loss of just 2 wickets. Stars Gautam Gambhir (12) and Jacques Kallis (6) failed to fire, but Robin Uthappa was in top form, making an unbeaten 85 from just 55 balls with the help of 13 boundaries. He shared an unbroken stand for the 3rd wicket with the equally prolific Manish Pandey, who made the most of his opportunity at the top of the order to hit 76 from 47 balls with 5 sixes and an equal number of fours.

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The Kings XI Punjab continue to dominate season 7 of the Indian Premier League, picking up their fourth win on the trot in the competition with a 23 run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders. For once though it was the bowlers who were the stars of the show today on a sluggish pitch with the Punjab team working well as a unit to bowl KKR out for just 109 after the former champions had restricted Kings XI to just 132-9 in their 20 overs.

KKR won the toss and unsurprisingly but Kings XI in to bat considering the last match on this pitch had seen the team batting first (RCB) bowled out for just 70. There was to be no repeat performance this time around though with Kings XI Punjab racing away to 51-2 in the powerplay with Virender Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell occupying the crease after Cheteshwar Pujara had been run out for 8 and Wriddhiman Saha had fallen leg before to Jacques Kallis for 14.

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The Delhi Daredevils got their season up and running with a 7 wicket win against the Kolkata Knight Riders in an entertaining game in Dubai. Kolkata posted a competitive total of 166-5 in their 20 overs on the back of a half-century from Robin Uthappa (55), but Delhi chased down the target with 3 balls to spare with Dinesh Karthik (56) and JP Duminy (52*) leading their charge with half-centuries of their own.

Kolkata's decision to bat first on winning the toss seemed to instantly backfire as they lost both their openers - Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir - for ducks. For Gambhir in particular it was a cause for genuine concern as he is yet to score a run in the IPL and fell all too easily, caught at leg slip to Nathan Coulter-Nile delivery.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders' title defence of the Indian Premier League ended in disappointing fashion in Ranchi on Wednesday night as they were beaten by the lowly Pune Warriors by 7 runs in an exciting contest. Batting first the Pune Warriors posted a competitive 170-4 in their 20 overs on the back of a good 66 from Manish Pandey. The Kolkata Knight Riders were on course for victory needing 23 from the last 14 balls when Yusuf Pathan, who was batting on 72, was given out for obstructing the field and KKR never really recovered, falling short by a handful of runs in the end.

After a low-scoring battle last Sunday, the cricket lovers in Ranchi hoped to have a far more exciting contest on Wednesday afternoon, one which would ideally keep hosts Kolkata Knight Riders in the race for the play-offs. Meanwhile it had been exactly one month since Pune Warriors India had won a game, and they were desperate to change that statistic.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders won the first ever IPL game to be played in Ranchi, beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a low scoring contest by 5 wickets. In a game that failed to live up to its star billing, RCB posted a well under par 115-9 in their 20 overs, struggling to come to terms with the pace of the pitch. KKR chased down the target, but without much fan far, knocking the runs off in sedate fashion slightly to the disappointment of a packed house in Ranchi.

The Kolkata Knight Riders welcomed the Royal Challengers Bangalore to the brand new Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium in Ranchi on Sunday knowing that they were playing for pride and perhaps new contracts ahead of next season's auction. RCB meanwhile had considerably more immediate worries, with their place in the top four in the IPL table under threat.

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The Pune Warriors' inability to buy a win was on display on Thursday night as the hapless franchise suffered another embarrassing defeat, this time at the hands of the defending champions, the Kolkata Knight Riders.

KKR were hardly in top gear, and struggled to 152-6 in their 20 overs with Gautam Gambhir making a welcome return to form with a half-century, while Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate finally got a game and made it count, posting a crucial 31 from 21 balls.

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