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The Mumbai Indians kept their hopes of making the knock-out rounds of the Indian Premier League alive by picking up a thrilling 5 run win against the Kolkata Knight Riders in a nail-bitting contest at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tonight.

The Knight Riders won the toss and decided to send Mumbai in. The visitors dominated the early stages of the contest, restricting the Mumbai Indians to barely 100 odd runs in the first 15 overs, but Hardik Pandya produced a gem of an innings late in the game to power Mumbai to a very competitive 171-4 from their 20 overs.

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The reigning Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders took a massive step towards successfully defending their title by beating the league's basement dwellers Kings XI Punjab in a fantastic contest by just the solitary wicket with a ball to spare. The result sees KKR climb to the top of the IPL standings with 15 points from 12 games, a point ahead of both Chennai and Rajasthan with the Super Kings having played a game less.

TheĀ Kings XI Punjab won the toss and decided to bat first under the hot Kolkata sun. Glenn Maxwell finally came to the party this summer top scoring for KXIP with 43 from 22 balls as his team posted a very competitive score of 183-5 from their 20 overs.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders have moved a step closer to making the knock-out rounds of the Indian Premier League, and could quite possibly still even secure a top 2 finish after picking up a solid 13 run win against the Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens tonight.

A very stoic looking Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bat first, believing that his four pronged spin attack would benefit from doing the business on a wearing pitch.

Though Gambhir himself was first man out for 12, the Kolkata Knight Riders posted a creditable total of 171-7 from their 20 overs. Robin Uthappa made 32 from 31 balls at the top of the order to anchor the innings, while Manish Pandey made 22 at no.3.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders moved into third place in the Indian Premier League standings with a crushing 35 run win over a disappointing Sunrisers Hyderabad side that failed to fire with either bat or ball. Interestingly though, leg spinner Karn Sharma had a very memorable outing for the Sunrisers, taking 2-29 from his 4 overs, removing both Kolkata openers, and then producing a whirlwind 32 from just 20 balls with the bat, in a losing effort.

The flip of the coin went the way of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who surprisingly opted to chase at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Gautam Gambhir (31) and Robin Uthappa (30) were in good touch at the top of the order, sharing a partnership of 57 for the first wicket before they both fell victim to Karn Sharma.

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore won a crucial toss at the start of a rain-reduced 10-over a side contestĀ at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, and it proved decisive as they secured a 7 wicket win against the Kolkata Knight Riders in a game which went all the way down to the wire.

Batting first after having been put in, KKR made a competitive 111-4 in their 10 overs with Andre Russell leading the way for his side with a 17-ball innings of 45. Robin Uthappa chipped in with 23, but took way too long to get his runs in a reduced game, and that proved decisive.

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The defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders gave their hopes of retaining their title a massive boost by rising to no.3 in the IPL standings after beating the table topping Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets at the Eden Gardens tonight.

The Knight Riders won an important toss in Kolkata and continued with their penchant of preferring to chase down targets.

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The runs might have started drying up in the Indian Premier League, but there was no shortage of excitement when the Chennai Super Kings entertained the reigning champions the Kolkata Knight Riders at Chepauk on Tuesday evening.

The Knight Riders won the toss and backed their batsmen to chase down whatever target Chennai set them, and they came mightily close, eventually falling 2 runs short in a low scoring thrilling.

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