Suryakumar was asked to bat at number three after Manish Pandey, who is down with chicken pox, was left out of the playing XI. The Maharashtra cricketer blasted a 49-ball 60 to guide KKR to their third successive win.

"It is a very important win because me and Robin did not perform. Suryakumar, the way he batted, it was unbelievable," Gambhir said after Umesh Yadav blasted a six in the last over to take Kolkata home, reaching 162-8, with three balls to spare here.

"Manish was a big blow, so to push someone like Surya was a big gamble. He gives us a lot of options, he added. Gambhir, however, said they need to improve in their bowling department.

"We didn't bowl really well. In the last 3-4 overs, we could be more professional. I thought they would end up getting 145. We need to pick up our bowling socks. Overall, more positives than the negatives," he added.

Suryakumar, who was adjudged Man of the Match, said, "I was told by my captain, that I have to express myself. Carrying my form from the last game. I did not finish the game but happy that it came in a winning cause. First 8 overs would have been crucial because later it was difficult for the batsmen to capitalise. Winning against this challenging side on this wicket, it shows good signs”.

Disappointed to end up on the losing side for the fourth time in five matches, Pune Supergiants skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed their bowlers and said there are many areas where his team needs to work before the next match.

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