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'More difficult to maintain intensity from last match'

More difficult to maintain intensity from last match
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday said it's a difficult task to maintain the momentum they got from their last outing against Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of their game against Rising Pune Supergiant here on Wednesday.

Kolkata thrashed Virat Kohli's Bangalore by 82 runs at the Eden Gardens on Sunday confining the 2016 IPL champions to a paltry 49, the tournament's lowest ever score.
Chasing a modest 132 for victory, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme took three wickets each to blunt the famed Bangalore batting order comprising AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Kedar Jadhav besides Kohli.

"It's difficult to set the trend, but it's more difficult to maintain it," Gambhir told reporters on the eve of their away game.

"We have set the trend of intensity what you want to play with. Now the biggest challenge is how we can maintain it. That was one phase, now it is up to us. "We have set the benchmark, now we need to maintain it. You know one game it's easy to do but now people will be expecting us to deliver again. I hope the guys realise that and what I expect from the team and myself as well. It has to start from me," the southpaw said.

Pune have registered three back-to-back wins and at the heart of their success have been contributions from every member of the playing XI.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes starred on Monday as Steve Smith's side beat Mumbai Indians.
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