Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir likes to lead from the front whenever he takes to the field for his team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and that was the case once again against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday at the Eden Gardens.
Chasing a fighting total of 171, Gambhir along with surprise-opener Sunil Narine took the game to KXIP early on and simply made a mockery of their bowling attack.
The best part about Gambhir's innings was that he kept on changing the pace at will. While Narine was batting alongside him and was hitting the big shots, Gambhir was content with taking singles and giving the strike back to the West Indian.
However, once Narine departed, Gambhir took the match by the scruff of its neck and took his team over the finish line by slamming a well-deserved half-century. Gambhir's 49-ball innings of 72* included 11 boundaries and his strike-rate at the end of the match read 146.9.
Gambhir carried his bat through the innings and posted his personal best score against KXIP. Also, this was Gambhir's 33rd half-century and he has now equalled David Warner's record for most fifties scored by a batsman in the history of IPL.