Powered by an unbeaten 84 by skipper Rohit Sharma and 41 by Jos Buttler, defending champions Mumbai Indians carved out a six wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens here tonight.
Put in to bat first, KKR made 187 for five from their 20 overs, thanks to a superb 64 by skipper Gautam Gambir and 52 by Manish Pandey. Andre Russell chipped in 36.
In response, Mumbai Indians, who had lost their opening match to debutants Rising Pune Supergiants by nine wickets last Sunday, made 188 for four to sail past with five balls to spare.
KKR had outplayed Delhi Daredevils by nine wickets with 35 balls to spare in their first outing in this edition of the tournament here on Monday night.
KKR began their innings with a steady start, as openers Robin Uthappa (8) and Gambhir added 21 for the first wicket in 3.4 overs before the skipper and Pandey were involved in a 100-run partnership for the second wicket in 10 overs.
Pandey's 52 came off just 29 balls and included three fours and an equal number of sixes.
Gambhir and Russell kept the scoreboard moving as they added 43 for the third wicket. Once that partnership was broken at 14 in the 18th over, KKR lost a bit of momentum and could add only 23 runs in the last 3.4 overs. Russell made his 36 off 17 balls with the help of one four and four sixes.
Gambhir left at the beginning of the 19th over, with the total at 170. His 64 was compiled off 52 balls and included four hits to the fence and one into the stands.
Colin Munro was run out after making 4, while Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten with 9 and S A Yadav on 4.
For the Mumbai Indians, Mitchell McClenaghan picked up two wickets for 25 while Hardik Pandya and Harbhajan Singh got one apiece.
Chasing 188 for a win, Mumbai Indians set about their task in right earnest as Sharma and his opening partner Parthiv Patel (23) put on 53 for the first wicket in 5.5 overs.
Gambhir added 34 for the second wicket in the company of Pandya (9) and then took the score to 109 with McClenaghan (20) before he and Buttler added 66 for the fourth wicket.
Sharma's unbeaten 84 was made off 54 balls and included 10 fours and two sixes, while Buttler made his 41 off 22 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes.
When Buttler left in the 19th over, Mumbai Indians still needed 13 runs from nine balls, but Sharma and Kieron Pollard (1 not out) ensured they reached the target with five balls remaining. Sharma slammed three consecutive fours off the last three balls in the 19th over sent down by Russell and Pollard then took a single off the last over bowled by Piyush Chawla to take them past the line.
Kolkata Knight Riders
RV Uthappa c Pollard b McClenaghan 8
G Gambhir c Patel b Pandya 64
MK Pandey c & b Harbhajan Singh 52
AD Russell b McClenaghan 36
YK Pathan not out 9
C Munro run out (Southee/Patel) 4
SA Yadav not out 4
Extras (lb 3, w 7) 10
Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 187 (9.35 runs per over)
Did not bat: PP Chawla, JW Hastings, Kuldeep Yadav, GB Hogg
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Uthappa, 3.4 ov), 2-121 (Pandey, 13.4 ov), 3-164 (Russell, 17.2 ov), 4-170 (Gambhir, 18.1 ov), 5-183 (Munro, 19.5 ov)
TG Southee 4 0 43 0
JJ Bumrah 4 0 32 0
MJ McClenaghan 4 0 25 2
HH Pandya 2 0 22 1
Harbhajan Singh 4 0 31 1
J Suchith 2 0 31 0
RG Sharma not out 84
PA Patel run out (Hogg/Uthappa) 23
HH Pandya c Pandey b Chawla 9
MJ McClenaghan c Munro b Kuldeep Yadav 20
JC Buttler c Yadav b Russell 41
KA Pollard not out 1
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 8) 10
Total (4 wickets; 19.1 overs) 188 (9.80 runs per over)
Did not bat: AT Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, J Suchith, TG Southee, JJ Bumrah
Fall of wickets: 1-53 (Patel, 5.5 ov), 2-87 (Pandya, 10.1 ov), 3-109 (McClenaghan, 11.5 ov), 4-175 (Buttler, 18.3 ov)
AD Russell 4 0 52 1
JW Hastings 4 0 31 0
GB Hogg 4 0 37 0
PP Chawla 3.1 0 29 1
Kuldeep Yadav 4 0 37 1
Player of the match: Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)