Kings XI Punjab take on Kolkata Knight Riders at KKR’s home ground as the first Playoff game will decide which team moves on to the final and which team gets another chance at making it to the final against the winner of the Eliminator match between CSK and MI. Kings XI Punjab have had a dream run at IPL 2014 with an undefeated run in the UAE leg and despite a few losses, they finished top of the points table with 22 points from 14 games in the League stage of IPL 2014.
Kolkata Knight Riders had a slow start to IPL 2014 but they came back to form and ended the League stage with 18 points from 14 games due to an 8-match-winning-streak. After 56 matches of the League matches, we have 4 teams that will fight it out on the field to with the top 2 teams, KXIP and KKR, gunning for a win to go straight to the finals.Kings XI Punjab have the destructive Maxwell-Miller combination that have been instrumental in getting the team this far in the competition along with timely performances from the entire Punjab team.
Kolkata Knight Riders have found form at the right time with, especially Yusuf Pathan who hit the fastest 50 in IPL history, in just 15 balls beating the previous record held by Adam Gilchrist and Chris Gayle who reached 50s in 17 balls each. Kolkata Knight Riders not only have the winning momentum going on for them but they also have the home advantage so it really can be anybody’s game with both teams firing on all cylinders.
Kings XI Punjab is the most consistent team in IPL 2014 while Kolkata Knight Riders comes into the match with a wave of confidence owing to their massive win streak. The competition is all set to blaze the pitch up.
Kolkata Knight Riders win by 28 runs.
Over 20: KXIP 135/8
Yadav to bowl the last over. Bailey is dismissed, thats the match for Kolkata. George Bailey 26(17). Kolkata are into the finals unless something weird happens. Single off the 2nd delivery. Johnson misses again, Yadav has been exceptional today. Another dot ball, this is great bowling here by the Knight Riders and Yadav. Another swing and miss for Johnson, he is looking stupid out there in front of Yadav. Another dot ball to end the game, KKR storms into the Final.
Over 19: KXIP 134/7
Narine to continue. Dot ball to start the over. Another dot ball, Johnson swings again and misses. A couple off the third delivery from Johnson. Another single off the 4th delivery, the match looks very far away now for Punjab. Single off the fifth delivery, 30 needed of 7 deliveries. Another swing and a miss, 30 needed off the last over.
Over 18: KXIP 130/7
Shakib to continue. Couple off the first delivery for Dhawan. He clears the boundary on this occasion, over square leg for a six. He departs now, stumped by Uthappa. Rishi Dhawan 14(15). Johnson walks in and clears the boundary on the very first ball, Six runs. Swings again, gets a single off this ball. Another six, 21 runs from the over.
Over 17: KXIP 109/6
Narine to continue. Bailey gets a boundary off the very first ball, a boundary after a long time here for the Kings XI. A single off the 2nd delivery for Bailey. Dhawan swings but does not connect. Single off the 4th delivery for Dhawan. Another swing and a miss, this was quicker from Narine. Six off the last ball, are they still in the game here?
Over 16: KXIP 97/6
Shakib to continue. Singles off the first two deliveries. Another single off the third delivery, 69 needed of 27 deliveries. No run off the 4th delivery. Another single off the 5th ball, great come back from Shakib here, 5 runs from the over.
Over 15: KXIP 92/6
Chawla to continue. Dot ball to start the over. A single off the second delivery for Dhawan. Bailey comes down the ground and get a single. Another Single for the Punjab tam, singles are not helping here. Just 4 from the over.
Over 14: KXIP 88/6
Shakib Al Hasan to continue. Single to start for Akshar. Dot ball of the second delivery. There’s a runout here, The ball went straight to the Man at fine leg and he throws the ball quickly, Akshar Patel departs. Akshar Patel 2(2). Rishi Dhawan is the new man out. a dot ball on the 3rd delivery. Another dot ball, this is getting difficult for them. Single off the last ball, just 2 from it.
Over 13: KXIP 86/5
Chawla to continue. Miller picks up a couple off the very first delivery. Chawla does the job, he gets the wicket of the Danger man Miller, knocks him over. David Miller 8(12). This is getting difficult for Punjab now. Bailey walks into the middle now. Dot ball to start for Bailey. A couple to get off the mark for Bailey. A single off the 5th delivery. A single for Patel to end the over, 6 runs from the over.
Over 12: KXIP 80/4
Morkel brought back into the attack. Single off the first delivery from Morkel. Another single off the second delivery, although that nearly went back onto his stumps. Another single off the 3rd delivery for Miller. Dot ball on the fourth delivery. Short delivery from Morkel, Saha misses the Pull. Saha Departs, Morkel gets the wicket. Wriddhiman Saha 35(31).
Over 11: KXIP 77/3
Chawla to continue. A dot off the first delivery for Miller. A single off the second delivery. Saha sweeps and gets a Maximum on the third delivery, Six runs. Pulls and gets a single off the 4th delivery. Single off the 5th delivery for Miller. Dot ball to end the over, 9 runs from it.
Over 10: KXIP 68/3
Yadav to continue. Boundary off the very first delivery for Saha. A dot ball on the second delivery. Another dot ball, he is mixing his pace well here, Yadav. On the pads and Saha gets a single off the 4th delivery. Manish drops a Catch at point, ut that was some effort there by Pandey. Another couple off the last delivery for Saha. 8 runs off the over.
Over 9: KXIP 60/3
Piyush Chawla is into the attack. Single off the first ball for Saha. Single to get off the mark for Miller. Single off the third delivery as well. Another single off the 4th delivery for Miller. 5th single off the over for the Kings XI. Dot ball to end the over. 5 from it.
Over 8: KXIP 55/3
Yadav to continue. Single off the first delivery for Maxwell. Saha gets a top edge for a single. A dot ball from Yadav, Punjab seems to be struggling here, they are 4 runs behind. Another dot ball, change of pace there from Yadav. Maxwell departs, he is out LBW. man, thats a disaster for the Punjab Side. Glenn Maxwell 6(9). they needed to be 63 for 2 after the end off 8 overs, but now they have lost a wicket, its even tougher. David Miller is the new man in the Middle. Just 2 from the over.
Over 7: KXIP 53/2
Narine to continue. Single off the first ball to Maxwell. Another Single off the 2nd Delivery. Maxwell sweeps and gets a boundary off the third delivery, gets close to the par score here. A dot ball here. Another dot ball off the fifth delivery. MAxwell gets a single off the last delivery, 7 runs of the over.
Over 6: KXIP 46/2
Morkel to continue. A dot off the first delivery to Vohra. Another flick and another Six for Vohra, he is going great guns here. A dot ball on the third delivery. Another dot ball for Vohra, they are ahead of the D/L Score, but they need to go at the pace. Woah, he goes for another one and he finds the fielder at mid on, Vohra departs, this can be disaster for KXIP. Manan Vohra 26(19). Wide ball on the last ball, they are 2 runs behind and the rain is getting heavier. Dot ball to end the over.
Over 5: KXIP 39/1
SHakib to continue. Vohra hits a six off the very first delivery, he brings the equation down here. Another six, its 36 now. They take a single off the 3rd delivery, they are at the par score now, just don’t loose a wicket now and its done if rain comes down. Saha pulls and gets a single, they are over the line now. No rain though. Single off the last ball, 15 runs from the over.
Over 4: KXIP 24/1
Narine is into the attack. Couple of dot balls to start the over. There is drama here, the covers were coming in but the Umpires have sent them back. After 5 overs, KXIP needs to be at 37 for 1 according to D/L. Single off the 3rd delivery for Vohra. Another single off the 4th delivery. Another single off the 5th delivery, they need to be 37 after 5. Saha sweeps and gets a boundary, 7 runs from the over.
Over 3: KXIP 17/1
Morkel to continue. Single off the first ball to Vohra. A dot ball on the second delivery. Another dot ball on the third delivery, Kolkata is on the top here. On the pads and gets a couple towards Mid Wicket. Another one on the pads, the batsman misses it and there is a huge appeal for an LBW, not out say’s the Umpire. Saha flicks it for a six over Square leg. 9 from the over.
Over 2: KXIP 8/1
Yadav to continue. Sehwag departs, it was off the middle of the bat and it went straight to shakib at Cover point. Virendra Sehwag 2(3). Saha is the new man in the middle. A dot ball to start the proceedings from him. Wide ball on the third delivery. Woah, there was a sound there and the appeal was huge as well, but the umpire gives it not out. Saha plays it to the third man for a single to get off the mark. Another single to Vohra on the 5th delivery. Dot ball to end the over, 3 from it.
Over 1: KXIP 5/0
Sehwag and Vohra to open the batting for Punjab, Morkel has the ball in his hands. A couple of the first delivery for Sehwag. A leg bye on the second delivery. Vohra plays a dot to start his innings. Vohra is beaten again, another good delivery outside the off stump. Vohra flicks it off his legs and gets a couple on the leg side. Vohra edges the ball but it falls short of first slip, 5 runs from the over.
Punjab to chase 164 in their allotted 20 overs.
Over 20: KKR 163/8
Awana to continue. Boundary off the very first delivery for Chawla. Short ball, Chawla pulls and gets yet another boundary. A couple off the third delivery for Chawla. Another yorker, no run off that ball. Sunil Narine is run out there trying to run the second of an overthrow. , he departs without facing a ball. Sunil Narine 0(0). A boundary to end the innings from Chawla, 15 runs from the over.
Over 19: KKR 148/7
Johnson to continue. Single off the first delivery for Ten Doeschate. A single off the 2nd delivery for Chawla. A slower bouncer from Johnson beats Ten Doeschate on the third delivery. Vohra takes the catch at Deep Mid Wicket, Ten Doeschate departs. Ryan Ten Doeschate 17(10). Sunil Narine is the new man in. Another dot ball for Johnson. Single off the last delivery. 3 runs from the over.
Over 18: KKR 145/6
Karanveer to continue. A six off the very first delivery for Ten Doeschate. Another six, even bigger this time, massive over Long Onn. A single off the third delivery. A dot on the 4th ball. Yadav finds a boundary on the 5th delivery, this is very expensive for the KXIP. He gets his wicket on the last ball, Surya is bowled. Surya Kumar Yadav 20(14).
Over 17: KKR 128/5
Rishi Dhawan to continue. Surya Kumar Yadav goes massive, over square leg for a six. Another one. straight down the ground for a boundary. A dot ball on the third delivery. Another single off the 4th delivery. A couple off the 5th delivery for Ten Doeschate. Single off the last ball, 14 run from the over.
Over 16: KKR 114/5
Akshar patel to continue. Dot ball of the first delivery. A single off the second delivery for Ryan Ten Doeschate. Another dot off the third delivery. Great bowling here by Akshar, another dot ball. Ohh no, covers are brought onn as it has started to rain at the Eden gardens. Punjab are looking in a good position here.
Covers are coming off now, thank fully it was just a passing shower.
Covers are brought again by the grounds men. this is getting frustrating now.
The covers are off now and play is about to resume, no overs are deduced yet.
Play starts after the interruption by rain, Akshar Patel to finish his incomplete over. A dot ball again after the break. A single off the last ball.
Over 15: KKR 112/5
Karanveer to continue. Boundary off the very first ball for Shakib, straight down the ground for a boundary. Miller takes another catch as Shakib went for another one down the ground but is beaten by the flight. He departs. Shakib Al Hasan 18(16). Another one departs, Yusuf is caught at long on by Miller again who picks up his third catch of the match. Yusuf Pathan 20(18). Karanveer is on a hat trick now. Surya Kumar yadav defends that ball. Yadav plays a late cut and gets a boundary. 8 runs from the over.
Over 14: KKR 104/3
Rishi Dhawan to continue. Couple of dot balls to start the over. Yusuf has been struggling so far in this innings. As soon as i say that, he swings and clears the Long Onn boundary for a Six. Single off the 4th ball for Yusuf. Another single off the last ball. Just 8 runs from the over.
Over 13: KKR 96/3
Awana to continue. A dot ball to start the over. Shakib comes down the track and goes over the top of extra covers for a boundary. Single off the 3rd ball for Shakib. Another shout for an LBW, the batsman in question was Yusuf Pathan again and Nigel Longs says its not out again. Single off the fifth delivery for Pathan. Just 6 runs from the over.
Over 12: KKR 90/3
Rishi Dhawan is brought back into the attack. Single off the very first ball for Shakib. Another single off the 2nd delivery for Pathan. Another single off the 3rd delivery, good over so far. Pathan Swings, and the outside edge flies off to the boundary. couple off the last delivery, 9 runs from the over.
Over 11: KKR 81/3
Johnson is brought back into the attack. A wide off the very first delivery. Dot ball on the first delivery. A couple off the second delivery for Shakib, he pulled a short ball to Square leg. A single off the 3rd delivery for Shakib. Johnson bowls a short ball to Pathan, this is smart captaincy by Bailey. Another short ball, But pathan was ready for it and plays it over gully for a boundary. Close shout for an LBW but not out said the umpire. 8 runs from the over.
Over 10: KKR 73/3
Karanveer to continue. A dot ball on the first delivery. A single off the second delivery for Shakib to get off the mark. A single off the third delivery for Pathan to get off the mark. Another single off the fifth delivery. A wide off the last delivery, he will have to bowl that again. Another single, 6 runs from the over.
Over 9: KKR 67/3
Patel to continue. Dot of the first delivery. Uthappa departs, caught by David Miller at long off. Robin Uthappa 42(30). Two dot balls to follow the wicket. Manish pandey departs now, he has played on here, ball hits the pad and hits the stump on the rebound. Manish Pandey 21(20). Great over by Akshar so far, 2 wickets from the over. Just 2 runs from the over.
Over 8: KKR 67/1
Karanveer singh is into the attack. Single off the first delivery for Uthappa. Manish pandey slogs and the ball goes straight up into the attack but falls in no mans land. A single off the 3rd delivery. Pandey gets a boundary over Extra cover there. A single off the fifth delivery. Another single off the last ball, 9 runs from the over.
Over 7: KKR 58/1
Akshar Patel to continue. Three singles off the 2nd, 4th and the last ball of the over. Just 3 runs from it, great over by the left armer.
Over 6: KKR 55/1
Rishi Dhawan is brought into the attack. He is greeted with a six on the very first ball by Uthappa, that one was played over the bowlers head and the extended drive carries all the way, Six runs. Single off the second ball for Robin. Good ball by Dhawan, beats pandey all ends up there. Straight down the ground for another boundary, this time for Pandey. Single off the 5th delivery. Another single off the last ball, 13 runs from the over.
Over 5: KKR 42/1
Awana to continue the attack. Play and a miss for Uthappa. Uthappa goes down the track and gets a boundary over covers, good shot that one. Plays the third ball down to fine leg and gets a single. A quick single off the fourth ball to Pandey. Uthappa is in top form here, hoicks the ball over Mid wicket for a Boundary, What a shot that one. A single to end the over, 11 runs from the over.
Over 4: KKR 31/1
Johnson to continue. Ohh, that could have been close, although the ball went to the boundary, Manish would have had his heart in his mouth as Bailey nearly caught that drive at Mid on. Wide off the second delivery. Single off the second delivery for Pandey. Uthappa pulls this time and clears the square leg boundary for a Maximum, Six runs. Another drive and another boundary, this was uppish as well but the batsmen gets the desired result. Single off the fifth delivery for Uthappa. 17 from the over, a very expensive one for Punjab.
Over 3: KKR 14/1
Akshar Patel is brought into the attack. Single off the first delivery. Another single off the second delivery for Uthappa. Third single from as many balls, no boundaries yet. Another single off the 4th delivery. That will be the first boundary of the innings as Uthappa plays the ball to the fine leg boundary, 9 runs from the over.
Over 2: KKR 5/1
Johnson to bowl the second over. Huge shout for a LBW on the very first delivery from Johnson, the batsman survives that due to the height, otherwise that was dead plum. Gambhir departs, He pulls the second ball and is caught by his opposite number Bailey. Gautam Gambhir 1(3). Manish Pandey is the new man in the middle. Single off the very first delivery for him to get off the mark. A full inswinging delivery is played to square leg for a single. Another single off the 5th ball for Pandey. Dot ball to end the over, 3 runs from it.
Over 1: KKR 2/0
Good start first up by Awana, the ball hits Uthappa’s pads, no run there. Uthappa gets off the mark with a single to Third man. A single for Gambhir to third man to get off the mark. Another dot ball on the fourth delivery, good start so far for Awana. A loud appeal for caught behind by the bowler, not out says the umpire. Dot ball to end the over, just 2 from the over.
Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir to open the batting for KKR, the umpires take the ball from the IPL trophy as the batsmen walk out into the middle. No changes for KXIP in the team from the last game. KKR has brought in Piyush Chawla in the place of Vinay Kumar. Parwinder Awana has the new ball in his hand.
Punjab win the toss and elect to bowl first
George Bailey (C), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Rishi Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Thisara Perera, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Murali Kartik, Sandeep Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Akshar Patel, Parvinder Awana, Shardul Thakur, Anureet Singh, Shivam Sharma, Karanveer Singh
Gautam Gambhir (C), Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Morne Morkel, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Pat Cummins, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Manvinder Bisla (W), Veer Pratap Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Debabrata Das, Sayan Mondal