A clinical chase by the Delhi Capitals led by Shikhar Dhawan saw the away side pick up the victory by 7 wickets at the Eden Gardens.
KKR suffered a number of injury blows which kept the overseas duo of Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn out. Dinesh Karthik decided to call upon the services of Joe Denly and Carlos Braithwaite to fill the void.
Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer named a solitary change. Leg spinner Sandeep Lamichanne was replaced by Keemo Paul.
Delhi Capitals began the innings on the best possible note through the wicket of Joe Denly on the very first ball of the innings. Ishant Sharma capitalised on the breakthrough with an excellent spell.
Shubhman Gill stood through the storm which saw the middle order collapse like a pack of cards. The youngster made use of his maiden showing as an opener with a clinical half-century. Andre Russell continued his spectacular run with yet another hard-hitting knock of 45 off 21.
Delhi Capitals coursed through the run-chase easily with Dhawan playing the central role. The southpaw scored an unbeaten 97 with Rishabh Pant playing second fiddle.
This marks Kolkata Knight Riders’ second defeat in a row. While the Delhi Capitals enter the top four with a crucial away win.
KKR 178-7 (20 overs) (S.Gill 67; C.Morris 2-38)
DC 180-3 (18.5 overs) (S.Dhawan 97*; N.Rana 1-12)