The highly-awaited game started when Kolkata Knight Riders took on Kings XI Punjab, but this time KKR was playing at their fortress Eden Gardens. KKR won the toss and without any hesitation opted to field. KKR took the field but it was Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra to started proceedings for the visitors and they got off to a very good start. Manan Vohra was the first to be
Manan Vohra was the first to be dismissed for 28, he was out to a googly from Piyush Chawla. Marcus Stoinis surprisingly walked out to bat after that dismissal, but he too did no make an impression as he departed for just 9, Sunil Narine picked his wicket. With that the captain Glenn Maxwell walked out to bat, but that is when Amla who was looking all set played a shot early and got dismissed. Grandhomme got his wicket.
Erratic fielding display hurt KKR as they dropped a catch early on and then a lot of rash fielding and bowling led to leaking of runs. David Miller and Wriddhiman Saha came together after the mini collapse and powered to give shape to the innings to pose a good target for KKR. Piyush Chawla and Chris Woakes were on the expensive side, but it was Sunil Narine who by giving 19 off 4 overs pulled things back. Excessive extras also hurt KKR. That is when Umesh Yadav pegged back the Kings XI Punjab franchisee by picking 3 wickets in one over. They were looking all set to go past 200 but this over has turned the tide.