| Updated at: 1548 PST, Sunday, May 01, 2011|
KOLKATA: Kolkata Knight Riders scored an eight-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab, achieving a modest 120-run target with more than two overs to spare for their fifth win in eight games.
The Punjab side, led by former Australia wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist, struggled for momentum from the onset as the Knight Riders bowled and fielded brilliantly to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 119 for six after putting them in to bat first.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir (45 not out) and Manoj Tiwary (34 not out) knocked off the runs with an unbroken partnership off 85 runs for the third wicket.
The Knight Riders moved to the top of the table with their fifth win in eight matches in the tournament.
Kolkata and Mumbai each have 10 points, followed by Bangalore (nine), Rajasthan (nine), Chennai (eight), Deccan (six), Delhi (six), Punjab (six), Kochi (six) and Pune (four).
Kings XI Punjab 119-6 in 20 overs (D. Karthik 42, A. Gilchrist 26; Iqbal Abdulla 2-19) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 120-2 in 17.2 overs (G. Gambhir 45 not out, M. Tiwary 34 not out, E. Morgan 28) by eight wickets.