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Gautam Gambhir urges KKR teammates to improve fielding

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa's brilliance with the bat on Friday handed Delhi Daredevils a seven-wicket defeat and pushed them on the verge of elimination in the Indian Premier League.

This was Delhi's fourth loss on the trot. Chasing a modest 161, KKR were nine for one in the second over, but Uthappa (59 from 33 balls) and Gambhir put together a 108-run partnership off just 66 balls to lay the foundation.

After Uthappa was run out, Gambhir held fort and led the team from the front with an unbeaten 71 from 52 balls (11x4) to complete the chase with 22 balls to spare. He also completed 6,000 runs in T20 cricket.

This was their fourth century partnership while chasing in IPL- the most by any pair going past David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan's three. KKR haven't lost while chasing at Eden Gardens since IPL 2012.

KKR (14 points) have one foot in the playoff with seven wins from nine matches, while DD's campaign is all but over following a four-match losing streak to languish at the bottom of the table with four points from seven matches.

While praising his team after the victory, Gambhir warned the players of complacency.

"We still have a long way to go. So far most of the boxes are ticked. But this is that type of tournament that we can't be complacent. There is always room for improvement. We can put more effort in the field. Any run you save, the less you have to score," Gambhir said.

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