Kolkata, April 14: Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday defeated Kings Eleven Punjab by eight wickets in their first home game of the ongoing IPL tournament at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Riding on skipper Gautam Gambhir and surprise opener Sunil Narine's heroics performance overhauled the 171-run target in just 16.3 overs.
Chasing 171 for victory after asking Kings XI to bat first, Gambhir (72, 49b; 11x4) notched up his 33rd IPL fifty to guide his team through for their second win in three matches. However, Gambhir, in the process, equaled the record of most half-centuries in IPL history along with Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner. Manish Pandey (25, 16b; 2x4, 1x6) hit a six off Marcus Stoinis for the winning runs while Robin Uthappa made 26.
For KKR, Umesh Yadav started his Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign on a high by taking four crucial wickets to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 170/9. Yadav returned figures of 4/33 with a stellar 18th over where he took three wickets in the space of four balls to send set David Miller (28; 19b 2x4 2x6), Wriddhiman Saha (25; 17b 2x4 2x6) and Axar Patel (0) back in the hut. Earlier, he took the wicket of visiting captain Glenn Maxwell 25 (14b 3x4 1x6) also.