Dinesh Karthik and Co. travel to Delhi for their next match on March 30 and with four points from the two wins, the table-toppers are high on confidence. @ BCCI

Kolkata’s 28-run win over Punjab on Wednesday saw the two-time Indian T20 League champions grab their second straight win that have given the side much-needed momentum before they hit the roads. Dinesh Karthik and Co. travel to Delhi for their next match on March 30 and with four points from the two wins, the table-toppers are high on confidence. (MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: All-round Russell seals second straight win for Kolkata)

Karthik was pleased and singled out West Indies allrounder Andre Russell and Nitish Rana for back-to-back knocks. Rana scored 68 off 47 in Kolkata’s season opener against Hyderabad on March 24 and followed it up with an even fiery 63 off 34 against Punjab on Wednesday.

But what took Kolkata to the top of the table has been Dre Russ’ belligerent knocks that has rocketed Kolkata. The Jamaican allrounder was unbeaten on 49 off just 19 against Hyderabad and was on the brink of scoring his fifty against Punjab, but fell to Andrew Tye two runs short in just 17 deliveries – an innings that was decorated with five sixes and three boundaries. (ALSO READ: Thanks to the new guy: Andre Russell relishes bizarre Punjab field placement)

“Obviously a good start to the tournament for us. The way Nitish played was beautiful. Got to give credit to Robbie for playing through and the start was very good as well. Obviously, Russell’s finish was great,” Karthik said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Sunil Narine, who picked up a slight niggle while fielding in Kolkata’s previous match that saw Rana open the innings along with Chris Lynn, returned to his usual spot again and clobbered three sixes and solitary boundary in his nine-ball 24. (ALSO READ: I should have had a look at it: R Ashwin takes blame for Andre Russell no-ball incident)

“It was clear that when Sunil was back from his injury, he had to bat at the top. Always playing away is a good challenge,” Karthik said.