Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly won the toss and elected to bat first in the 34th match of IPL 3rd edition here on Sunday in Kolkata
Chris Gayle finally came into his own blazing self as he hit a brutal 88 off 42 balls to propel the Kolkata Knight Riders to 200-3 against the Kings
Sourav Ganguly gave the innings a good platform with a steady innings of 36 from 31 balls, while Manoj Tiwary made 35 from 32 balls as Kolkata registered highest score in the IPL.
Mahela Jayawardene hit a brisk half-century to give Kings XI Punjab a good start against Kolkata
Jayawardene brought up his half-century from 26 balls, having hit six boundaries and two sixes to take Punjab to 86 for one after eight overs
Punjab's bowlers lost the plot against Gayle's assault, especially Bopara, who went for 43 in his three overs.
Kolkata will be looking for two more points to edge ahead of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the race to the semi-finals.
In their last game, the Knight Riders thrashed the Kings XI at Mohali.
Kolkata Knight Riders Team: SC Ganguly (c), CH Gayle, CA Pujara, MK Tiwary, DJ Hussey, AD Mathews, WP Saha (w), AB Agarkar, M Kartik, SE Bond, MB Parmar
Kings XI Punjab Team: SE Marsh, MS Bisla (w), KC Sangakkara (c), RS Bopara, Yuvraj Singh, IK Pathan, B Lee, PP Chawla, B Sharma, S Sreesanth, SJ Srivastava