IPL 6: Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 runs to register 2nd win

Kolkata' mystery spinner Sunil Narine recorded the first hat-trick of this season as Kings XI Punjab scored 157 for 9 in their 20 overs.

updated: April 17, 2013 00:52 IST
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Kings XI Punjab stood tall at the end of a see-saw encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday (April 16), winning by four runs. On a day when Sunil Narine claimed the first hat-trick of this edition of the Pepsi Indian Premier League, Punjab put in some excellent overs at the death to survive despite Gautam Gambhir's solid half-century, making Manpreet Gony's late, ballistic 42 the difference on the day. (Pics)

Put in to bat, Punjab started and finished well, but a middle order collapse threatened to disrupt their innings. Mandeep Singh looked in good nick, picking his shots with gusto, evident through his consecutive boundaries off L Balaji. He put up 37 for the second wicket with Manan Vohra, after Gilchrist (7) was trapped leg-before by Sachitra Senanayake early on. They had taken the total to 61 when both fell in quick succession in similar fashion. Both were deceived by short-pitched deliveries, and while Vohra fell to Balaji, Mandeep was caught behind off Jacques Kallis. (Stats)

Punjab were in quite some trouble when Narine dealt them what seemed a knockout blow with his hat-trick. He got one to turn and bounce sharply and David Hussey was caught behind. The spin then deceived Azhar Mahmood as well, as he tried to play to leg but sent it straight back to Narine. Soon after, Narine got one to land in the middle, turn sharply once more and clip Gurkeerat Singh's off-stump. Read: Loss vs Kings XI very deflating for KKR: Gambhir

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