Kolkata, Apr 15: Another last over thriller in the IPL 5 ended in Kings XI Punjab's favour as they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs here at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
[IPL 5 : Game 17: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata]
IPL 5: Results, Points Table
Punjab registered back-to-back wins with their first win away from home. Sunil Narine was adjudged man of the match for his five wicket-haul.
Spinners Piyush Chawla and Bhargav Bhatt claimed five crucial wickets. Kolkata, at one stage were cruising towards victory with 73 for two.
Last-gasp thundering innings from Debabrata Das (35 off 23 balls) brought Kolkata closer to winning the game but Harmeet Singh's brilliant last over with just six runs and a wicket turned the game around.
After restricting their opponents to a mere 134 for nine, Kolkata Knight Riders themselves were struggling to play spinners. Punjab's Bhatt and leg-spinner Chawla claimed two wickets each.
The Knight Riders lost three wickets scoring five runs in the space of eight balls, victim of spin bowling was Yusuf Pathan, who tried to sweep off Chawla's ball but missed everthing to spin back towards the stumps.
Yusuf has had a miserable run this season with two ducks, a total of 23 runs in five matches with 15 being his highest score.
Spinner Bhargav Bhatt did the early damage by dismissing Jacques Kallis(1). Skipper Gautam Gambhir(22) looked in good touch smashing four boundaries, but was caught and bowled by Dmitri MAscarenhas.
Bisla and Tiwary restored some hope in the Kolkata camp with a 43 runs partnership between them for the third wicket.
Manoj Tiwary (20) was trapped lbw by Bhatt, while Bisla (27) was bowled out by Chawla.
Kings XI Punjab innings report:
Sunil Narine claimed five wickets for 19 runs to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 134 for nine. Another low scoring game witnessed at the Eden Gardens as Punjab struggled early on to cope with the conditions
On a pitch which favoured spinners saw Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan rattle the Punjab batting line-up. Punjab lost five wickets in the space of 3.3 overs scoring 35 runs towards the end of their innings.
Apart from the partnership between Mandeep Singh and David Hussey, Piyush Chawla and Harmeet Singh added 24 runs off 10 balls.
Narine striked twice in two successive balls to dismiss Bipul Sharma (12), who was caught behind by Manvinder Bisla and bowled out Praveen Kumar for a duck in the next ball.
Medium pacer Rajat Bhatia claimed two wickets of Paras Dogra(6) and Dimitri Mascarenhas, who departed for a duck.
Wicket-keeper Bisla had a fruitful day behind the stumps with three catches.
David Hussey was run-out after a mix-up with Paras Dogra who placed the ball towards point for a run and took a few steps, Hussey was half-way down the pitch but couldn't make a return quick enough. Hussey looked dangerous with 32 runs off 31 balls.
Shakib put a dent on Kings XI Punjab innings as he claimed Mandeep Singh's wicket to break a steady partnership between Mandeep and David Hussey.
Australia's David Hussey was promoted up the order at number three to provide stability to the already shaken batting line-up. Hussey along with Mandeep Singh put up 50 runs off 42 balls.
Mandeep Singh (38) was dismissed trying to play a slog-sweep shot towards mid-wicket but went straight to Ryan ten Doeschate.
Earlier, Sunil Narine, in his first over claimed Gilchrist's wicket, who tried to play towards mid-wicket but top-edged for a simple catch to Manoj Tiwary.
Not long after that, Narine struck again dismissing the in-form Shaun Marsh, who was completely deceived by the flight and the ball spun the other way rattling the middle stump.
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bowl first against Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The Knight Riders have made one change with Laxmipathi Balaji out with sore groin and is replaced by Jaidav Unadkat.
Gilchrist's side have made a couple of changes as Bhargav Bhatt replaces Parvinder Awana and Paul Valthaty, who has struggled this time after his impressive season last year, is replaced by Paras Dogra.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Manvinder Bisla, Gautam Gambhir (captain), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Rajat Bhatia, Debabrata Das, Sunil Narine, Jaidev Unadkat.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (captain and wicketkeeper), Paras Dogra, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Mandeep Singh, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Bipul Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Harmeet Singh, Pravin Kumar, Bhargav Bhatt.
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Sudhir Asnani (India)
Third Umpire: Subroto Das (India)
Match Referee: Graeme Labrooy (Sri Lanka)