Chasing a modest target of 150, Kolkata Knight Riders won the match by 9 wickets, as they reached the target in 18th over with 12 balls to spare at Cuttack on Super Sunday.
For Kolkata Knight Riders, skipper Gautam Gambhir was a top scorer with runs, while Robin Uthappa scored 46 runs and Manish Pandey chipped in with not out.
For Kings XI Punjab, Parwinder Awana was the only bowler to get into the wickets column, as he picked up the sole wicket of Robin Uthappa.
Kings XI Punjab posted a decent total of 149/8 against Kolkata Knight Riders in their 20 allotted overs.
For Kings XI Punjab, Virender Shewag top scored with a brilliant 72 run innings, while George Bailey, Maxwell, Miller and Saha scored 12, 13, 14, and 15 runs respectively.
For Kolkata Knight Riders, who were disciplined with their bowling, Piyush Chawla was the most successful bowler picking up 3/19 in his four overs, while Morne Morkel picked up two wickets as well.
Earlier at the toss, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and invited Kings XI Punjab in to bat, as he backed his strong bowling line-up in the hope that Sunil Narine and co. wil restrict one of the strongest batting unit if the competition. George Bailey said even he would have fielded first.
On the team news now, Kolkata Knight Riders made two couple of changes to their side, as Morne Morkel and Piyush Chawla returned in place of Vinay Kumar and Shakib Al Hasan. Leaving out Shakib Al Hasan was a big surprise of the day.
Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, also made couple of changes to their side, as Parvinder Awana and Rishi Dhawan found a place in their XI. George Bailey, when asked about the changes, replied that he felt they have chosen “best XI available for this ground”. The two players to miss out as a result of these changes were Shivam Sharma, who made a very good debut against Royal Challengers Bangalore, and vetran paceman L Balaji, who proved too expensive in his last couple of matches.
Kings XI Punjab: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Mandeep Singh, 3 David Miller, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 George Bailey (capt), 6 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 7 Mitchell Johnson, 8 Rishi Dhawan, 9 Akshar Patel, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Parvinder Awana
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Robin Uthappa (wk), 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Piyush Chawla, 7 Suryakumar Yadav, 8 Ryan ten Doeschate, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Morne Morkel