Chasing a modest target of 120, Kolkata lost only Jacques Kallis and Eoin Morgan and romped home with 2.4 overs to spare. Skipper Gautam Gambhir led the way with a steady 45 of 44 balls. His innings was laced with four hits to the fence.
Manoj Tiwary continued with his impressive performance in this edition of the Indian Premier League and scored 34 of 41 balls with three hits to the fence and one above it. Earlier Kolkata's chase started disastrously with Kallis falling cheaply, yet again but Eoin Morgan blasted a quickfire 28 of 15 balls and ensured that his side never lagged too far behind in the chase.
On a slow track, Gautam Gambhir who won the toss and put in Punjab to bat first used his bowlers effectively to ensure that the dangerous duo of Gilchrist and Valthaty do not run away from the start. Once Pathan dismissed Valthaty for 7, Shaun Marsh was run-out putting the fulcrum of the Kings XI in utter disarray.
Dinesh Karthi played superbly for his run-a-ball 42, but was one of the three run-outs that effectively sealed the match for Kolkata. Gilchrist was never allowed to get of to a flier and was clean bowled by Iqbal Abdulla. The youngster again came to trap the dangerous David Hussey and the Kings managed to put only 119 on the board.
Kolkata have now replaced Mumbai at the top of the table while the Kings XI languish among the last five.