Being put into bat, the Kolkata Knight Riders got off to an aggressive start with Jacques Kallis striking Zaheer Khan for two consecutive fours in the first over. Then after Kallis got Charl Langefeldt away for a boundary, Zaheer had Eoin Morgan caught at square leg for 2 off 5 balls as the score read 15/1 in 2.3 overs. In the fourth over, Langeveldt got Kallis out caught behind for 17 off 14 as the Knight Riders slipped to 21/2 in 3.5 overs.
Gambhir was just finding his groove, striking Sreenath Aravind for a four, but was out next ball for 7 off 9 balls when he was caught at backward of point. Kolkata was in a spot of bother at 30/3 in 5.3 overs. Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan were the new men at the crease and set about consolidtaing slowly. In the 7th over, Pathan got Abhimanyu Mithun away for his first four. Then at the end of the 9th over, Pathan lofted the same bowler for a six, making the score 49/3.
Then soon after KKR crossed 50, Pathan went after Aravind, carting him away for a four in the 10th over, before depositing Chris Gayle over midwicket in the 11th over as the score moved onto 69/3. With rain interrupting play for nearly two hours, the match was reduced to a 13-over a side affair. Thus, when play resumed, Pathan and Tiwary struck Kohli for a six and a four respectively. Then in the final over, Yusuf Pathan got out to Langeveldt for 36 off 24 balls before Tiwary wrapped up the innings with a four,takin KKR to 89/4.