Gambhir: It was a very important test for us, especially the way we messed up in the last match. It was a test of our character and temperament, the guys stood up to the challenge. If you want to play like defending champions, we had to pass this test. The way Russell and Robin (Uthappa) batted, was just too good. We pulled things back magnificently after the initial pounding from Brendon (McCullum). The guys batted aggressively and took us home. We thought about containing them to 120-130 after they lost those wickets. But we knew that we can chase it down after they went past 160. We had amazing firepower, Robin and Russell batted extremely well. Robin batted till the end, the way he batted was the key. One of the top 3 have to bat for a long time. Robin had the temperament to bat for long and he showed us his class today.
Dhoni: It was a very good score. The reason we were there was because of Negi. We lost a few wickets, but we also wanted to attack. We want to be a bit more aggressive, especially when we are on top of the points table. Jadeja didn't bowl that well today, he went for a few runs today. The wrist spinners get slightly more purchase. The wicket got much better as the game progressed. Negi bowled well, I thought his spell was good. Ashwin is injured now and we will evaluate how quick is he healing to decide on his future.
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wkts
Over 19.5 Ronit More bowls a pitched up delivery to Andre Russell, Boundary! Comes across and looks to drive it down the ground, gets an inside edge and the ball rolls away through his legs, past the keeper and into the fence..
Over 19.4 Ronit More bowls a pitched up delivery to RV Uthappa, 1 run, gets forward and drives it down to long-off.
Over 19.3 Ronit More bowls a pitched up delivery to RV Uthappa, 2 runs, gets forward and drives it down to long-off.
Over 19.2 Ronit More bowls a yorker right into the blockhole to Andre Russell, 1 run, waits deep in the crease and clips it to deep mid-wicket, only a single once again.
Over 19.1 Ronit More bowls a pitched up delivery to RV Uthappa, 1 run, gets forward and drives it down to long-off.
End of Over 19 (5 runs) Kolkata XI 160/3
Andre Russell 54/30 MM Sharma 4-0-22-1 RV Uthappa 76/55
Over 18.6 MM Sharmabowls a good length deliveryto Andre Russell, no runs, goes for the pull but fails to connect. He has played three consecutive dots now.
Over 18.5 MM Sharma bowls a pitched up delivery to Andre Russell, no runs, gets forward and drives it hard towards backward-point.
Over 18.4 MM Sharmabowls a good length deliveryto Andre Russell, no runs, gets forward and defends it towards cover.
Over 18.3 MM Sharma bowls a pitched up delivery to RV Uthappa, 1 run, gets forward and drives it pass the bowler.
Over 18.2 MM Sharma slips in a full toss to RV Uthappa, Boundary! Gets forward and lofts it down to long-off fence for four.
Over 18.1 MM Sharmabowls a good length deliveryto RV Uthappa, no runs, gets forward and blocks it to cover.
End of Over 18 (8 runs) Kolkata XI 155/3
RV Uthappa 71/52 Ronit More 3-0-26-1 Andre Russell 54/27