In the battle between two teams on opposite sides of the 2016 IPL table, victory went to the high-flying Kolkota Knight Riders, who kept Kings XI Punjab rooted at the bottom of the table with a seven-run victory.
Sent in to bat after Kings XI won the toss, KKR got off to a great start thanks to openers Robin Uthappa and Guatam Gambhir
The duo were unmoveable at the top of the innings, combining for a superb 101-run partnership before Gambhir was run out for 54.
Uthappa continued on with newcomer Yusuf Pathan, but soon joined his opening partner back in the pavilion for a well-played 70 after another runout.
The double blow took some of the shine off Kolkota’s efforts, as Pathan and Andre Russell were left to negotiate the closing overs.
The duo did respectably, but having lost just three wickets their entire innings, KKR might have hoped for better than the 164/3 they ended up with.
The Kings XI chase got off to an absolutely disastrous start, however, as Murali Vijay was dismissed for six and Marcus Stoinis and Manan Vohra both made ducks to leave the visitors reeling on 13/3.
Glenn Maxwell came to the rescue, scoring at an impressive rate and keeping his wicket intact to give Kings XI a chance of victory.
Maxwell was ultimately dismissed for 68 off just 42 balls, while the beleaguered David Miller and Wriddhiman Saha offered some support, only to lose their wickets as well.
Gurkeerat Singh and Axar Patel were tasked with seeing Kings XI home and though Patal in particular nearly did the job with a quickfire 21, a disastrous final over would seal Punjab’s fate.
Needing 12 runs from the last six balls with four wickets in hand, Andre Russell dismissed both Patel and Swapnil Singh, while Gurkeerat Singh was run out as KKR claimed a seven-run victory.
Russell was ultimately the difference between the two sides, conceding just 20 runs in his four overs and bagging four wickets in the process.