Kings XI Punjab blown away by Kolkata Gayle

Chris GayleChris Gayle strike an explosive 44 not out to power Kolkata Knight Riders to an 11-run win over Kings XI Punjab in a rain-hit IPL match on Tuesday.

The West Indies captain smashed four sixes in his 26-ball knock as Kolkata Knight Riders raced to 79-1 off 9.2 overs in reply to their opponents' 20-over total of 158-6 when the game was called off owing to rain.

Kolkata Knight Rider, who were 11 runs ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis method, posted their 1st win in two games. Kings XI Punjab have lost both of their matches.

Irfan PathanGayle put his team on way for victory when he put on 57 off just 33 balls for the first wicket with New Zealander Brendon McCullum, who cracked two sixes in his 16-ball 21.

Punjab remunerated dearly for letting off Gayle early in the innings, with Karan Goel dropping an easy catch at mid-wicket off South African left-arm seamer Yusuf Abdulla.

Yuvraj Singh and Kumar Sangakkara (26) helped Punjab post a reputable total with a 56-run stand for the fourth wicket after a double-strike from Kolkata seamer Sourav Ganguly.

Yuvraj SinghCaptain Yuvraj Singh, who smashed six sixes in an over at this venue against England in the Twenty20 World Championships in 2007, top scorer with a 28-ball 38 with the help of two sixes.

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly ended Punjab's early thrive with two wickets in his opening over, having pinch-hitter Irfan Pathan(32) caught at deep mid-wicket and removing Ravi Bopara(15) caught behind.

Yuvraj Singh and Sangakkara then steadied the innings before Mahela Jayawardene cracked a 19-ball 31 not out to help his team cross the 150-mark.

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