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Gayle blows Punjab out of the water
Kolkata batsman hits 44 under rain clouds as weather affects IPL in South Africa.
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2009 08:31 GMT

Gayle played a slick innings in the wet [AFP]

A swashbuckling knock by Chris Gayle led the Kolkata Knight Riders to victory over Kings XI Punjab as rain hit the Indian Premier League.

The Knight Riders won by 11 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method at Kingsmead to claim their first victory in the tournament, while Mumbai Indians against Rajasthan Royal was washed out.

Man-of-the-match Gayle took Kolkata to 79-1 before rain stopped play in the ninth over on Tuesday.

The West Indies skipper smacked two fours and six sixes, although he had an early reprieve when he was dropped by Vikram Singh in the second over.

Gayle and Brendon McCullum shared a first wicket stand of 57, with McCullum hitting a four and two sixes before edging a Vikramjeet Malik delivery to wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara in the fifth over.

'Not our day'

"It's very unfortunate and disappointing to lose in this fashion," said Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh.

"Duckworth Lewis, a dropped catch – just not our day."

Punjab have lost their first two games and lie second from bottom of the IPL table.

"It's nice to get a result at last," Kolkata captain Brendon McCullum said.

"I hope we take off from there and start to pick up points."

Singh, Irfan Pathan and Mahela Jayawardene had earlier helped steer Punjab to 158-6.

Singh scored 38 off 27 balls, hitting five fours and a six.

Together with Sangakkara's 26 off 24 balls, he guided Punjab from 3-48 to 4-104.

Pathan then struck 32 off 17 balls and Jayawardene an unbeaten 31, hitting three fours and a six, to add a final flourish to the innings.

Sourav Ganguly was the pick of the Kolkata bowlers, taking two early wickets to put the breaks on the Punjab innings.

The former India captain had Pathan caught at midoff by Murali Kartik and then next ball Ravi Bopara nicked a slower delivery to wicketkeeper McCullum.

Aashok Dinda and Ishant Sharma took one wicket apiece.

Mumbai and Rajasthan get one point each after their match was called off.

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