Kolkata Knight Riders came up with a spirited performance when it desperately needed one.

The men from the eastern metropolis had arrived at Ahmedabad after losing their last four matches. On Monday night at the Narendra Modi Stadium against Kings XI Punjab, they redeemed themselves in some style.

They had to survive some anxious moments though, before chasing down a modest target of 124. They won with five wickets and 3.2 overs to spare.


It was KKR’s second win of the season, the first having come over a fortnight ago, in their opening fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The way it started its chase, a fifth straight defeat wasn’t entirely out of the question.

The Knights lost three wickets inside the first three overs. But just when it seemed if the batsmen might let down their bowlers, who had given a splendid display earlier in the evening, Eoin Morgan put his…

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