Hyderabad: In an encounter billed as India vs Pakistan, Kolkata Knight Riders edged clumsy Lahore Lions by four wickets in their Champions League T20 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday.
After all-sorts Sunil Narine (3 for 9) helped the IPL champions restrict Lions to 151 for 7, Robin Uthappa and captain Gautam Gambhir added 100 for the opening wicket to douse any remote hopes Lions might have had.
Uthappa (46), Gambhir (60), Manvinder Bisla (6), Yusuf Pathan (11) , Ryan ten Doeschate (12) and Andre Russell (1) departed in quick succession to lit up the Pakistani faces but the wickets came too late in the day as Suryakumar Yadav (14*) kept his cool to see the team home with three balls to go.
Earlier, , the man who actually made the difference for KKR was Narine whose second spell that saw him take back-to-back wickets restricted Lions to a modest total. Left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav also impressed on debut foxing the opposition batsmen throughout his spell (4-0-21-1).
Lions got off to a good start, thanks largely to Ahmed Shehzad who added 50 runs with Jamshed for the opening wicket. Shehzad was benefited by poor wicketkeeping from Manvinder Bisla who missed two easy stumping chances when the batsman was on 19 and 32 respectively.
Narine also dropped Shehzad on 37 at short fine leg off the bowling of left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. Shehzad went on to score 59.
The opening stand was broken by a brilliant throw from Andre Russell who ran in from deep midwicket to throw the stumps down at the non-striker's end to send back Jamshed for 10. Captain Mohammad Hafeez and Shehzad departed in quick succession leaving the Pakistanis at 91 for 3 and Gautam Gambhir brought back Narine who put the batsmen under a spell straight away. He sent back Nasim (0) first and then in his next over accounted for Umar Siddiq (2) and Asif Raza (1).
Earlier, Kolkata have won the toss and have opted to field.
Robin Uthappa is back in place of an unwell Manish Pandey. Kuldeep Yadav, the India U19 chinaman bowler, will make his debut for KKR
Imran Ali has been replaced by a left-arm spinner for Lahore.
Lahore Lions - 151/7 (Shehzad 59, Akmal 40, Narine 3-9)
Kolkata Knight Riders - 153/6 (Gambhir 60, Uthappa 46)
Result - Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wickets
Points - Kolkata Knight Riders 4, Lahore Lions 0
MOM - Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)