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Result: Gautam Gambhir inspires Kolkata Knight Riders to victory

Gautam Gambhir hits a third successive half-century as Kolkata Knight Riders beat IPL leaders Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Indian Premier League leaders Kings XI Punjab by a nine-wicket margin courtesy of Gautam Gambhir's half-century this afternoon.

Opening batsman Virender Sehwag provided stubborn opposition at the crease by hitting a 50-ball 72 to help the IPL front-runners set a target of 149.

The Knight Riders proved equal to the task, however, as they lost just one wicket - Robin Uthappa (46) - en route to chasing down the target.

Gambhir exceeded the 50-run mark for the third straight game to end on 63 not out from 45 balls, while an also-unbeaten Manish Pandey contributed 36 to seal Kolkata's fourth win of the season.

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