(Kolkata Knight Riders take on Kings XI Punjab in the 15th match of IPL 2014 at Dubai on Saturday. Catch Live Scores and Live Updates of the match here)
The duel between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab will be a cracker of a match. Kolkata arguably has the most diverse bowling line up which also makes them the strongest bowling side in IPL 2014 while the new Punjab side’s batting is what cricket experts would want as their dream batting line up.
With such a good line up of opposing forces in the match, the contest can sway either way with the smallest of mistakes from either side. In a surprise this tournament, KKR has been saved by their batting in the matches so far and their bowling needs to try and match up with the destructive batting especially by the likes of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller.
For Kolkata Knight Riders, Gautam Gambhir will try to play a decent innings after his 3 ducks if not an epic one to make up for lack of performance in the three games that KKR has played in IPL 7 so far. KKR need their skipper to perform and lead them from the front.
Kings XI Punjab win the match by 23 runs to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders.
OVER 19: Kolkata 107/9
Umesh Yadav is dismissed as KKR lose the match and KXIP win by 23 runs.
OVER 18: Kolkata 103/9
Sandeep Sharma comes back into the attack and is getting smashed for 4 after 4. Suryakumar Yadav dismissed as Kolkata Knight Riders look in trouble. Morne Morkel comes out as the last man for KKR.
OVER 17: Kolkata 95/8
Lakshmipathi Balaji comes in to the attack. Kolkata Knight Riders need 42 runs to win from 20 balls.
OVER 16: Kolkata 85/8
Mitchell Johnson comes into the attack. Yadav gets a lot of bat on the shot and it carries the ball all way for a 6. Mitchell Johnson uproots the stumps and Sunil Narine has to depart.
OVER 15: Kolkata 75/7
Rishi Dhawan comes back into the attack.
OVER 14: Kolkata 66/7
Piyush Chawla departs in another breakthrough for Kolkata.
OVER 13: Kolkata 62/6
Chris Lynn is bowled out by Akshar Patel. Yusuf Pathan comes in to replace the Chris Lynn. Yusuf Pathan departs after getting LBW by Rishi Dhawan.
OVER 11: Kolkata 50/3
Lakshmipathy Balaji comes into the attack.
OVER 10: Kolkata 43/3
Akshar Patel comes into the attack.
OVER 9: Kolkata 39/3
Dhawan comes into the attack.
OVER 8: Kolkata 31/3
Akshar Patel comes into the attack. The umpire calls for a strategic time out.
OVER 7: Kolkata 28/3
Rishi Dhawan comes into the attack. The scoring has been cut down in the over by Dhawan.
OVER 6: Kolkata 24/3
Balaji comes into the attack and strikes with the wicket of Jacque Kallis. Robin Uthappa comes into the middle and replace Jacque Kallis.
OVER 5: Kolkata 19/2
The first ball starts off with a blow for KKR with the wicket of Gautam Gambhir. The replay is being checked if the ball was legitimate or not and the ball is good so Gautam Gambhir scores 1 run and departs. Chris Lynn comes out to replace Gambhir.
OVER 4: Kolkata 19/1
Mitchell Johnson comes into the attack.
OVER 3: Kolkata 13/1
Sandeep Sharma comes back into the attack. Manish Pandey gets LBW and has to depart but there is an element of doubt so the third umpire is checking but the umpire’s decision stays. Another chance for a caught and bowled but the ball goes out of Sandeep Sharma’s hands.
OVER 2: Kolkata 11/0
Mitchell Johnson comes into the attack.
OVER 1: Kolkata 7/0
Sandeep Sharma opens the bowling for Kings XI Punjab.
—END OF 1st INNINGS—
Kings XI Punjab set a target of 133 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders.
OVER 20: 132/9
Umesh Yadav comes in for the final over. A good tight line being bowled by Umesh Yadav while Kings XI Punjab are under pressure of being all out.
OVER 19: Punjab 127/9
Sunil Narine will bowl the penultimate over and he strikes with the first ball. A Patel has to depart after he charges Narine and gets stumped by Robin Uthappa. Mitchell Johnson comes into the attack after Patel gets stumped. Narine strikes again to bowl Mitchell Johnson and Sunil Narine is now on a hat-trick. Sunil Narine gets another wicket after not getting his hat-trick by LBW. Lakshmipathy Balaji goes for a duck.
OVER 18: Punjab 126/6
Morne Morkel comes back into the attack for his final over of the innings.
OVER 17: Punjab 118/6
Sunil Narine comes into the attack. Good variation for Sunil Narine in this spell.
OVER 16: Punjab 114/6
Piyush Chawla comes back into the attack. A good stop from Yusu Pathan, he saved an imminent 4 there.
OVER 15: Punjab 111/6
Kallis comes back into the attack. Kallis has bowled a good line to not give away to many runs to Kings XI Punjab.
OVER 14: Punjab 103/6
Piyush Chawla comes back into the attack. The 100 runs come up for Kings XI Punjab. Sehwag gets an inside edge and is safe bu runs a single. Another breakthrough for Piyush Chawla as George Bailey goes after scoring 11 runs. Rishi Dhawan comes out to replace George Bailey. Piyush Chawla gets another important wicket as he bowls the dangerous Virender Sehwag.
OVER 13: Punjab 99/4
Sunil Narine comes back into the attack.
OVER 12: Punjab 94/4
Piyush Chawla comes into the attack.
OVER 11: Punjab 87/4
Umesh Yadav comes into the attack.
OVER 10: Punjab 76/4
Piyush Chawla comes into the attack after the strategic time out. Piyush Chawla strikes as David Miller has been caught out near the ropes by Morne Morkel. David Miller departs after scoring 14 runs off of 10 balls.
OVER 9: Punjab 71/3
Jacque Kallis comes into the attack. The umpire calls for the Strategic Time Out.
OVER 8: Punjab 59/2
Morne Morkel comes back into the attack. Glenn Maxwell gets a top edge but the ball lands safely. Glenn Maxwell is bowled after Morne Morkel uproots the leg stump. David Miller comes out to replace Maxwell.
OVER 7: Punjab 56/2
Jacque Kallis comes back into the attack.
OVER 6: Punjab 51/2
Sunil Narine comes into the attack to try an get a wicket. Sehwag sweeps the ball and Sunil Narine’s delivery is gone for an 88 metre 6. Punjab gets the 50 runs after a reverse sweep 4 from Glen Maxwell.
OVER 5: Punjab 37/2
Kallis comes into the attack and scores with a wicket. Wriddhiman Saha departs early after scoring 14 runs. Glenn Maxwell comes out to bat and replace Saha.
OVER 4: Punjab 28/1
Morne Morkel comes back into the attack. A top edge goes high in the air and Umesh Yadav reaches the ball but a difficult chance and he drops it. Saha gets good contact on the ball and it goes all the way for a 6.
OVER 3: Punjab 15/1
Umesh Yadav comes into the attack. Yadav is bowling a good line to the Delhi Daredevils batsmen. Sehwag goes inside out and the ball sails all the way to hit the ropes just short of a metre or so for a 4.
OVER 2: Punjab 9/1
Cheteshwar Pujara knicks the ball and the KKR team is celebrating but it is a no ball and Pujara stays plus a free hit. A chance of a run out and Cheteshwar Pujara gets run out. Cheteshwar Pujara departs after coring 8 runs off of 8 balls. Wriddhiman Saha comes out to bat and replace Pujara.
OVER 1: Punjab 7/0
Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara come out to open the batting for Kings XI Punjab. Umesh Yadav comes in to start the bowling attack for Kolkata Knight Riders. A cracker shot from Pujara to get off the mark with a 4.
Kolkata Knight Riders win the toss and elect to bowl first
George Bailey and Gautam Gambhir comes to the middle for the toss