Kolkata Knight Riders avenged their first leg defeat to Kings XI Punjab to stem their three-match losing streak with a six-wicket win at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. After restricting KXIP for 149, KKR chased down the target with 10 balls to spare riding on the back of Manvinder Bisla's unbeaten 51.
Chasing 150, Gautam Gambhir got KKR rolling with two boundaries off Praveen Kumar's first over. Bisla (51*) was given a life when Mandeep Singh dropped him off Azhar Mamhood at the start of the second over. Mahmood however came back to rattle Gambhir's (8) stump the next delivery and had Yusuf Pathan (0) caught behind the following delivery. Bisla stepped out to swat Mahmood for a six in the fourth over. Jacques Kallis hit a six off Kumar before smashing Bhargav Bhatt for two boundaries.
Harmeet Singh broke the 66-run partnership for the third wicket when he had Kallis (37) caught behind. Eoin Morgan cleared the long off fence off Harmeet before hitting him for a boundary. The Irishman continued his assault with two massive sixes off Piyush Chawla in the 15th over.
Needing 32 off 30 balls, Bisla pulled Kumar for another six. Morgan was then put down by Bhatt on 29 adding to KXIP's woes. Morgan (42) deposited Mahmood twice into the crowd in the 17th over before departing with KKR on the brink of victory. KKR eventually reached the target with 10 balls to spare.
Earlier KXIP won the toss and elected to bat. The visitors started slowly as Sachithra Senanayake bowled a maiden second over. Mandeep got them going with two boundaries off L Balaji before taking two more off Sunil Narine. Adam Gilchrist joined in with two boundaries off Senanayake as KXIP raced to 48 for 0 from their power play overs. Kallis got the break through having Mandeep (25) caught by Morgan. Gilchrist (27) who looked in good touch holed out to deep mid-wicket off Rajat Bhatia. At the halfway stage, KXIP were 72 for 2.
Manan Vohra (31) went after Balaji hitting him for a boundary and a six before perishing caught in the deep. David Miller (10) launched Sarabjit Ladda for a six before the bower got one to sneak through to hit the stumps. Hussey (21) then departed caught by Senanayake off Kallis. The South African also ran out Mahmood (2). Gurkeerat Singh (28*) smashed two sixes in the last over to take 18 runs from it and propel KXIP to 149 for 6.
|Eoin Morgan gets the Yes Bank Sixes award during match 35 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Kolkata Knight Riders and the Kings XI Punjab held at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on the 26th April 2013|
Man-of-the-Match: Jacques Kallis
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 149 for 6 (Manan Vohra 31, Jaques Kallis 2-14) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 150 for 4 in 18.3 overs ( Manvinder Bisla 51*, Azhar Mahmood 3-35) by 6 wickets.
|Eoin Morgan gets the Star Plus award during match 35 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Kolkata Knight Riders and the Kings XI Punjab held at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on the 26th April 2013|
300: Number of boundaries (fours and sixes) hit by Adam Gilchrist in IPL. He became only the fifth batsman to do so after Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina.
37: Number of matches lost by Gilchrist in IPL – most by any captain in IPL.
4: Number of consecutive tosses won by Adam Gilchrist in IPL 2013. Interestingly he had lost four tosses in a row at the start of the tournament.
1: Yusuf Pathan registered his first golden duck in IPL.
0: Number of wickets taken by Sunil Narine in the match. In his three previous games against Kings XI Punjab he had taken 12 wickets.
|Jacques Kallis is man of the match during match 35 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Kolkata Knight Riders and the Kings XI Punjab held at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on the 26th April 2013|
Adam Gilchrist: It was a good score, the pitch played well, it wasn't turning too much but was a competitive score. Couple of danger-men got out, but Bisla took control, Jacques stabilised it and Morgan played really well. Our bowlers have done a good job till tonight, the young guys are developing well including Gurkeerat and Manan.
Gautam Gambhir: I think it was a fantastic effort from our bowlers to restrict them to 149. The way Kallis, Bisla and Morgan played was good. I always think in this format you need clear thinking, cannot go into your shell and that's what happened. About Balaji, it was frustrating that he did not execute what we had planned in the meeting, and sometimes things happen in the heat of the moment. We can take a lot of positives from this game and go into the next one.
Jacques Kallis, man of the match: Frustrating not to bowl last game but the luck seems to have changed tonight. We have learnt to adapt to the game and my bowling on this track. Chasing a total on this wicket was always going to be tough, Bisla played a good innings there. We did the successive wins last season and we are looking to do the same again. Let's hope I can remain fully fit.