KKR beat Kings XI by six wickets
Opener Manvinder Bisla hammered an unbeaten 51 as defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders outclassed Kings XI Punjab by six wickets.
Eoin Morgan made 42 and Jacques Kallis contributed 37 as the hosts scored 150 for four in 18.2 overs after Kings XI Punjab, opting to bat first, posted 149 for six from their 20 overs.
Kallis, who also took two for 14, was chosen Man of the Match.
Chasing 150 for a win, KKR began in disastrous fashion, losing skipper Gautam Gambhir (8) and Yusuf Pathan (0) off successive deliveries from Azhar Mahmood in the second over of the innings when the total was 10.
Bisla and Kallis then added 66 for the third wicket before the latter departed, caught by Gilchrist off Harmeet Singh. Kallis’ 37 came off 33 ballsa and included six fours.
Morgan and Bisla consolidated the innings further, putting on 72 for the fourth wicket. Morgan left off the last ball of the 18th over, caught by Gurkeerat Singh off Azhar Mahmood. His 42 was compiled off just 26 deliveries and included three fours and four sixes. KKR were just two runs short of victory at that stage.
For Kings XI, Azhar Mahmood took three for 35, while Harmeet Singh picked up one.
Earlier, Manan Vohra topscored for Kings XI with 31, while Gurkeerat Singh remained unbeaten on 28, made off 28 balls with two fours and two sixes.
Gilchrist (27) and Mandeep Singh (25) put on 45 for the first wicket before the latter was caught by Eoin Morgan at mid-wicket off Jacques Kallis. His 25 came off 20 balls and included five fours.
Gilchrist fell in the 10th over, caught by Morgan at deep mid-wicket off Rajat Bhatia while attempting a big hit off a slower one. His 27, off 27 balls, included four fours.
David Hussey (21) and David Miller (10) were the other Punjab batsmen who got into double figures today.
For Knight Riders, Kallis picked up two for 4, while Laxmipathy Balaji, Sarabjit Ladda and Rajat Bhatia took one apiece.
After today’s match, Kings XI are in fifth place in the table, with four wins from their eight matches so far. KKR, who have only three wins from eight outings so far, are in the seventh spot.