Chris Gayle and KL Rahul thumped Kings XI Punjab top of the IPL table with their rollicking opening partnership teeing up a nine-wicket DLS victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.
Gayle (62no off 38) - who cracked 104 not out against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday - and Rahul (60 off 27) lashed a first-wicket stand of 116 in 9.4 overs as the visitors reached their revised target of 125 well inside the 13-over limit.
The duo had blasted 96 from the 8.2 overs before a lengthy rain delay as they pursued Kolkata's 191-7 and Rahul expanded that upon the resumption by hitting KKR spinner Sunil Narine for a six and two fours at the start of the 10th.
Rahul perished next ball when Tom Curran caught him at deep midwicket but Gayle sealed Kings XI's win with a six off Curran from the first delivery of the 12th over as his side supplanted Chennai Super Kings at the summit.
Kolkata's defeat was made all the more frustrating by an injury to key all-rounder Andre Russell, Gayle's fellow Jamaican limping off with an apparent leg issue as the visitors ended the hosts' two-game winning run.
Chris Lynn (74 from 41) had earlier top scored for KKR - the Australian sharing brisk stands of 72 and 62 with Robin Uthappa (34 off 23) and skipper Dinesh Karthik (43 off 28) respectively.
Lynn muscled four sixes in total, including one off countryman Andrew Tye that sailed 103 metres over long-on, making it the second biggest maximum in the tournament so far, after Russell's 105m effort against Chennai.
Tye (2-30) earned revenge when he had Lynn caught behind and shipped just seven runs from his final two overs, as Kings XI limited KKR to only 45 runs from the final five - Tye also snaffling England man Curran (1).
Rahul - who blazed an IPL-record 14-ball fifty against Delhi Daredevils earlier in the competition - and Gayle came out in thumping form for Kings XI, with Russell blasted for 31 from the 1.5 overs he managed.
Gayle took his sixes tally in this year's competition to 21 - two ahead of Russell - by hitting six against KKR, a couple of them coming off Russell and a further two off Piyush Chawla from the balls either side of the rain interval.