Shubman Gill scored a fluent half century, as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, SRH suffered an early set back as Jonny Bairstow was cleaned up by Pat Cummins in the fourth over.
Varun Chakravarthy, playing his second game of IPL, claimed the prize scalp of David Warner Warner as he was dismissed caught and bowled for 36.
Manish Pandey along with Wriddhiman Saha anchored the innings with a 62 run stand for the fourth wicket, before Manish after reaching his 50 was dismissed by Andre Russell. His knock comprised of three fours and two sixes.
Saha (30) tried to accelerate but failed to find the middle of his bat, as Hyderabad were restricted to 142/4 at the end of 20 overs.
Chasing 143, KKR got off to a poor start by losing wickets of Sunil Narine and Nitish Rana to Khaleel Ahmed and T Natarajan respectively.
Ace Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan go into the act straightway by trapping KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik for a duck, as Kolkata were in a spot of bother at 53/3.
The 21 year old Gill along with Eoin Morgan stitched together an unbeaten 92 run partnership, as KKR registered their first win of the tournament by defeating SRH by 7 wickets.
Gill was the star of the show with the bat as he remained unbeaten on 70, while England limited overs skipper was not out on 42.
Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1/25 in his quota 4 overs.
The ninth match of the Indian Premier League will be played between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab at Sharjah on 27 September, Sunday.
Meanwhile KKR’s next game would be against Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai International Stadium on September 30, while Sunrisers will take on Delhi Capitals on September 29.