Eoin Morgan led from the front by scoring an unbeaten 47 as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Punjab Kings by 5 wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday.
After being asked to bat first by Knight Riders skipper Morgan, Punjab Kings opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul got their team off to a steady start. The duo added 36 runs for the opening wicket before Rahul miscued a Pat Cummins delivery to mid off.
Chris Gayle fell for a duck as he poked at an outside off stump ball behind the stumps. Deepak Hooda was dismissed courtesy a fine catch by Morgan at backward point for 1.
Agarwal looked solid in his knock of 31, before falling to a fine catch by Rahul Tripathi at deep midwicket off Sunil Narine.
Moises Henriques and Nicholos Pooran departed cheaply leaving PBKS in big trouble at 79/6. Chris Jordan in the end scored a valuable 30 off 18 balls to take PBKS to a modest 123/9.
Prasidh Krishna was the pick of the bowlers for KKR with figures of 3/30, while Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine claimed 2 wickets each.
Chasing 124, Knight Riders lost Nitish Rana in the first over for a duck. Shubman Gill’s poor run of form with the bat continued as he was trapped leg before wicket by Mohammed Shami.
Sunil Narine fell to an stupendous catch by Ravi Bishnoi off Arshdeep Singh as Kolkata slumped to 17/3.
The pair of Rahul Tripathi and Eoin Morgan anchored the innings with a valuable 66 run stand for the fourth wicket, before the former was caught at long on by Shahrukh Khan off Deepak Hooda for 41.
Andre Russell was run out for 10 while going for a non existent single. Dinesh Karthik then slammed Arshdeep Singh for two fours as KKR overhauled the target in 16.4 overs.
Eoin Morgan was declared the Man of the Match.