Gambhir: I've never seen hitting like it

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Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir was left in awe of team-mate Yusuf Pathan, after the latter's record0breaking half century saw the side beat Hyderabad by four wickets and with six overs to spare.

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir was left in awe of team-mate Yusuf Pathan, after the latter's record0breaking half century saw the side beat Hyderabad by four wickets and with six overs to spare.

KKR needed 161 runs to win, and needed to do it in less than 15 overs to get into second place ahead of the play-offs. Pathan smashed his 50 off 15 balls, and then made 72 off 22 balls in total, as Kolkata won in the 15th over.

Gambhir said after the victory, in which Pathan hit seven sixes and five fours.: "I have never seen this kind of innings in my career and I don't think I am going to see many like this in future as well.

"This is unbelievable hitting, I think I could have only dreamt of it, but actually I have seen this in reality, so it still hasn't sunk in."

Pathan was pleased with his innings, saying it was better than the 37-ball century he made in 2010 because this time his team won the game, and he got them within a few runs of the target.

He said: "That was also a very good knock for me, but I couldn't win the match for the team, I got run-out. But here we won the match and especially the runs we needed to make to reach the top two, we had to score in 15 overs, I achieved that, I'm feeling good, and I think this is my best innings compared to that one."

Pathan said of his 26 runs off one Dale Steyn over: "I try hard to stay calm, but I also tell myself that if the ball is again in my area, then I will again hit it.

"I try not to let the bowler get on top of me, it's okay if I get out but what the team's requirement is, I play for that, whatever people say."

With Kolkata recording seven wins in a row in the latter part of the group stage, Gambhir felt the side's second place was a reward for that, and was glad to get a home play-off game as a result.

He said: "This was always the thought that we wanted to finish in first two, because the kind of cricket we have played in the last seven games, we deserve to be there in the top two.

"It would have been really unfair for us if we had gone to No. 3 or No. 4. We still get two cracks and hopefully we can get to the final."

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