Quinton De Kock scored a magnificent 50 as the Lucknow Super Giants thumped the Kolkata Knight Riders by 75 runs at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday.
After being asked to bat first by KKR skipper, LSG started disastrously by losing the in form KL Rahul, run out without facing a delivery.
De Kock and Deepak Hooda added 71 runs for the second wicket before Sunil Narine provided the break through by dismissing the former, caught at long off for a fine half century.
Hooda’s quickfire 27 ball-41 ended when he mistimed a pull off Andre Russell to skipper Shreyas Iyer.
Krunal Pandya struggled in the middle and scored 25 off 27 before he ended up upper-cutting Russell to Aaron Finch at deep point.
Marcus Stoinis and Jason Holder provided the much needed momentum by clobbering Shivam Mavi for 30 runs in the penultimate over to take LSG to 176/7 in 20 overs.
Chasing 177, Kolkata were rocked early as Baba Indrajith departed in the first over off Mohsin Khan for a duck.
Shreyas Iyer, Aaron Finch and Nitish Rana failed to get going as the Knight Riders slumped to 25/4 in the powerplay.
Rinku Singh along with Andre Russell brought the innings back on track with a 44 run stand for the the fifth wicket before the former perished to Ravi Bishnoi for 6.
Avesh Khan then claimed back to back wickets- first by dismissing the dangerous Russell and then removing Anukul Roy, leaving them in tatters at 85/7.
Narine scored a 12 ball-22 as KKR were bundled out for 101 in 14.3 overs, losing the match by 75 runs.
With this win, Lucknow move to the top of the table.