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Robin: Happy to contribute

Cuttack: Kolkata Knight Riders opener Robin Uthappa said he was happy that the opening combination clicked against Kings XI Punjab, on Sunday

“We’re happy that we’ve found a opening combination that has clicked. It’s not that we’re only good when chasing… It’s great that Gambhir is back among the runs. Obviously this will have a huge impact on his confidence. He deserves it all.”

As for his role, Uthappa said: “I always knew I would do well if given an opportunity at the top of the order.

“Good that the team management kept faith in my abilities… I was always confident of doing well at the top of the order. I am happy to contribute.”

He felt the victory would give the team confidence. “We knew no game was going to be easy. All matches are crucial. Winning against a top team always gives you confidence.

“The team combination has been very flexible. The batsmen and bowlers have been doing well and setting standards on the field… That’s very important.”

Uthappa couldn’t stop praising Morkel. “Morne was exceptional today… He is tough to get away at such pace. He bowled in the right areas and the conditions were also trying for a fast bowler. But he stuck to his task.”