Gambhir is tough when going, KKR beats KXIP
Kolkata Knight Riders put up a clinical performance to beat Kings XI Punjab comfortably by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League match in Mohali.
Riding on a disciplined bowling and fielding display, KKR first restricted Kings XI to 124 for seven after sent into bowl, and then skipper Gautam Gambhir led from the front with a fine unbeaten half century to overwhelm the target with 21 balls in hand.
Gambhir scored an unbeaten 66 off 44 balls with the help of seven fours and a six to hold the chase together and see his side home.
Gambhir was ably supported by Jacques Kallis, who scored an unbeaten 30 off 23 balls. The duo stitched unconquered 53 runs for the third-wicket as KKR scored 127 for two in 16.3 overs.
Earlier, Kings XI batsmen lost wickets at regular intervals to be restricted to the modest total after opting to bat.
Captain Adam Gilchrist, who retired hurt in the sixth over with a right hamstring problem to return later helped his side to post a respectable target, top-scored with an unbeaten 40, while Shaun Marsh made a 30-ball 33 with the help of four boundaries.