Quinton de Kock top-scored for the Lucknow Super Giants in their 75-run win over the Kolkota Knight Riders in the IPL on Saturday.
De Kock, who made a 29-ball 50, and Deepak Hooda, who hit 41 off 27 deliveries, put on 71 runs to lay the foundation of Lucknow’s 176-7 after being put in to bat first in Pune.
The left-right batting pair took the attack to the opposition bowlers following skipper KL Rahul’s run-out for nought in the first over.
Marcus Stoinis, who hammered 28 off 14, and Jason Holder, who made a four-ball 13, also added to the total with their breezy cameos and hit five sixes between them in a 30-run over from Shivam Mavi.
The bowlers then combined to help Lucknow, who replace fellow newcomers the Gujarat Titans at the top of the 10-team table, bundle out Kolkata for 101 in 14.3 overs.
Kolkata were never in the chase after they lost their top four, including skipper Shreyas Iyer, for six, and Aaron Finch, for 14, early. They fell to 25-4.
West Indies big-hitter Andre Russell gave them some hope during his 19-ball 45, but the innings fell apart after his departure.
Russell attempted to turn the tide with three fours and five sixes but was caught at third-man off Avesh Khan, who finished with figures of 3-19.
Holder wrapped up the Kolkata innings with two successive wickets and a run-out.
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