A thrilling win by 2 runs in Eden Garden, proved that Kings XI Punjab cannot be counted as the weak team. Harmeet Singh who kept his composure during this match bowled the final over and was wining over against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chasing the modest 135 runs, KKR managed to reach the score, but a superb bowling performance from Harmeet Singh gave the momentum to Kings XI.
Debabrata Das (35) to whom this was the first edition played an intelligent match with some lusty blows around.
From Kings XI, along with Harmeet, even Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Bhargav Bhatt also bowled very well helping the team to have a thrilling win at least.
From KKR, Bisla (27) and Manoj Tiwary (20) added 43 runs of partnership for the third wicket. Even Pathan tried to create some stir with scores but could manage to do.
Narine was the best in bowling department with five wickets for KKR and restricted Kings to score 134 for nine.
Kings couldn’t manage to judge his bowling and fall prey to him. Even Gilchrist couldn’t set well against his bowling. Kings XI found themselves struggling to make partnership.
Sunil Narine after being the Man of the Match said, “My dad actually named me after you. I am enjoying the IPL so far. When I bowling just think of containing and bowling at the right areas. I have all my mates on BBM so I keep in touch with them with what’s happening in the West Indies and their matches.”
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautham Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Jaidev Unadkat
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist, Paras Dogra, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Bipul Sharma, Praveen, Bhargav Bhatt, Harmeet Singh