Gayle stars with the bat for the Knight Riders
Chris Gayle stared with the bat scoring 75 runs as the Kolkata Knight Riders set the Mumbai Indians a target of 156 for victory at the Brabourne Stadium.
Having won the toss the Knight Riders batted first on a slow wicket which offered no assistants to the bowlers as Gayle and Sourav Ganguly built the foundations of a good opening partnership.
Having missed the Knight Riders 34 run defeat against the Rajasthan Royals on Saturday because of illness Gayle wasted little time getting into the action hitting Ryan McLaren for three consecutive fours in the second over.
The partnership grew steadily reaching 70 before Ganguly (31) was bowled by Harbhajan Singh in the 11th over. With only 9 overs to go Gayle increased the tempo with the Knight Riders well set for a score of 150 plus with 9 wickets in hand.
Gayle raced past his half century with consecutive fours in the 15th contributing 31 runs to a partnership of 50 with Owais Shah from just 32 balls as the score started to climb at a faster pace.
With Shah playing the perfect supporting role Gayle decided to attacks McLaren in the 17th over hitting the South African for 14 runs to set a launch pad for the last two overs.
Shah (31) fell in the last over after he was bowled by Zaheer Khan who gained revenge having just been hit for a boundary by the Englishmen.
Angelo Matthews (3) and Gayle saw out the last 4 balls of the innings to reach 155-3 setting the Indians a tricky run chase.