Kolkata Knight Riders rode skipper Gautam Gambhir and surprise opener Sunil Narine's heroics to register an eight-wicket win with 21 balls to spare over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.
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.
Gambhir, in the process, equalled 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.
Narine (37; 18b 4x4 3x6), who opened the batting much to everyone's surprise along with Gambhir, vindicated his team's decision by helping the hosts get off to a great start.