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Royal Challenge Bangalore pulled off a thrilling three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening match of IPL8 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Saturday.

Chasing a target of 178, Gayle's spectacular knock saw them home with an over to spare as RCB made 179-7 in 19 overs.

Gayle clobbered seven sixes and seven boundaries during his 56-ball 96 before being run out with victory in sight.

AB de Villiers chipped with a 13-ball cameo of 28.

Yusuf Pathan claimed two for 40.

Kolkata powered by a 17-ball unbeaten 41 from Russell made a challenging 177-6 after being put into bat.

The hosts got off to a flying start with Uthappa (35) and Gambhir (58) posting 81.

Gambhir's second half century on the trot contained seven boundaries and a six.

Pandey chipped in with a 23 before Russell blasted six boundaries and two sixes in the final overs.