IPL 2014 Results: Latest Scores, Playoff Fixtures, Qualified Teams and More
The 2014 Indian Premier League enters its closing stages this week, with Kings Punjab XI coming out on top of the table to claim a priority place in the playoffs.
Sanjay Bangar's side are joined by runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders for their playoff matchup, while Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, who finished third and fourth, respectively, will face off in a bid to extend their campaigns.
Tuesday marks the official beginning of the postseason drama, and although the normal season helped in setting up the context of this year's action, the time has come for teams to lay it all on the line, lest they see their dreams of claiming the title come to an end.
Final IPL Normal Season Standings and Playoff Bracket
|Qualifier 1||May 28||Kings XI Punjab vs. Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Eliminator||May 28||Chennai Super Kings vs. Mumbai Indians|
|Qualifier 2||May 30||Loser of Qualifier 1 vs. Winner of Eliminator|
|Final||June 1||Winner of Qualifier 1 vs. Winner of Qualifier 2|
Kolkata Knight Riders Beat Punjab to Win IPL7
Kolkata Knight Riders (200/7) bt. Kings XI Punjab (199/4) by three wickets.
On a day where the team's bowling failed to live up to its lofty standards, Kolkata's batsmen stepped up to complete a chase of 200, beating Punjab by three wickets to win the 2014 Indian Premier League.
Kings XI were sent out to bat first on Bangalore's small pitch, and early dismissals for Virender Sehwag (seven runs from 10 balls) and George Bailey (one from two) seemed to play right into the hand of Kolkata.
Sunil Narine (four overs, 46 runs, one wicket) and Morne Morkel (four overs, 40 runs) soon started to struggle however, and it opened the door for Manan Vohra (67 from 52) and Wriddhiman Saha (115 from 55 not out) to pile up the runs in the middle overs.
David Miller and George Maxwell were surprisingly pushed down the order but the decision paid off, as Kings XI set a big target of 199 for Kolkata to chase. The powerful duo produced only a single run to end the innings, however, giving Kolkata a chance.
Punjab's pace in the early overs had been quite slow and Kolkata could do little better, an early dismisal for Robin Uthappa (five from three) messing with the team's strategy. Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan would combine for 59 to set the pace, but the real star of the chase was Manish Pandey, scoring 94 from 50 including seven sixes.
Akshar Patel (four overs, 21 runs) bowled an excellent innings but his teammates were struggling, and it was Punjab's fielding that had to limit the damage in the final overs.
Ryan ten Doeschate and Suryakumar Yadav failed to contribute much to the chase, which came down to the wire, and the duo of Narine and Pyush Chawla was the one that had to guide Knight Riders to the win.
The two showed great patience in picking their spots and Chawla took advantage of a short ball to score a six just before the final over, Kolkata now requiring just five from six.
A single and a four did the trick, giving Kolkata their second IPL crown in three seasons.
Pandey's great performance as crucial, and he told ESPN Cricinfo he felt confident his team could pull off the difficult chase:
We have got four achievements, Ranji Trophy, Irani, cherry on the cake was the IPL. I'm very optimistic, and I love to play the crunch game. We got ten in the first over, and that was the time I thought, if we kept doing that, we'll get 200.
Punjab looked like the top team in the IPL for much of the season and came very close to winning their first title. Their powerful group of batsmen led them all the way to the final, and better form from Miller and Maxwell probably would have made the difference in this match.
If the team can fix their bowling issues and young Patel can continue his development, there's no reason to believe they shouldn't improve on Sunday's result in IPL 8.
They'll enter the T20 Champions League as favourites along with Kolkata, and it looks very likely that trophy will remain in Indian hands following Mumbai Indians' win last season.
Kolkata Knight Riders Book Their Place in the Final as Defending Champions Fall
Qualifier 1: Kolkata Knight Riders (163/8) bt. Kings XI Punjab (135/8) by 28 runs
Kolkata Knight Riders upstaged the table-topping Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday with a comprehensive 28-run victory to book their place in the IPL final.
Punjab’s bowlers were sensational against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday, dismissing the order for 115, so it was no surprise that captain George Bailey elected to field first after winning the toss.
The immediate signs looked as if the decision had paid off, with Mitchell Johnson taking the wicket of Gautam Gambhir for one in the second over, though all that succeeded in doing was kicking KKR into life.
There were several top performers in the Kolkata order, with opener Robin Uthappa stealing the show by knocking 42 from 30 balls with four fours and two sixes.
It was Uthappa’s 10th consecutive 40-plus total—per ESPN Cricinfo—setting the tone for the rest of the order’s performance.
Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Suryakumar Yadav all registered scores in the 20s as the middle-order batsmen overcame tough conditions with some impressive displays of batting.
Their total of 163/8 was very reachable, though, and Punjab would have fancied their chances heading into their innings.
However, what they didn’t bank on was an inspired group of KKR bowlers, who made their ambitions known with Umesh Yadav’s dismissal of Virender Sehwag with the first ball of the second over.
The fast-medium bowler went on to enjoy a fruitful day’s work, taking three important wickets and conceding just 13 runs with Morne Morkel also performing well with the ball.
Manan Vohra showed glimpses of brilliance on the way to his 26, with three sixes, but Morkel made sure he couldn’t have a bigger impact on the game by taking his wicket in the sixth over.
From then on, Punjab capitulated and, despite Wriddhiman Saha’s 35, they could only post 135/8 to send Kolkata into their second final in three years.
However, being the IPL table toppers does have its advantages, and Kings XI could set up a chance at revenge on KKR if they find a way to win Qualifier 2 on Friday, where they’ll face Chennai Super Kings.
Eliminator: Chennai Super Kings (176/3) bt. Mumbai Indians (173/8) by seven wickets
Chennai Super Kings booked their place in Qualifier 2 after an impressive seven-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians, with Kings XI Punjab now the only side standing in their way of a fifth consecutive final.
Having snuck into the IPL playoffs after a disappointing start to the season, Mumbai Indians failed to take full advantage despite a reasonably solid batting performance.
The opening partnership of Lendl Simmons and Michael Hussey saw Mumbai chalk up 76 runs until Hussey’s dismissal for 39, with Simmons going on to post 67 from 44 balls.
From then on, the Mumbai order had very few answers to Chennai’s bowlers, with Mohit Sharma taking three wickets with an economy rate of 10.50 as they slowly reached their 173 total.
Speaking before the matchup, the Mumbai hero Tare remarked he was looking forward to a good match against Chennai, as Tau Rizvi of India.com reported:
"Every T20 game is tough game. Every opponent in the IPL is tough team to face. Chennai is no different. They are a great team and I believe it is going to be a good game."
But even he couldn’t produce more magic to revive Mumbai from their slump, falling for a duck to Ashish Nehra’s delivery in the 19th.
It was a different story altogether when Chennai came in to bat, with Mumbai failing to make any kind of impact with the ball. Just three wickets were taken all innings, leaving Suresh Raina to slog the Super Kings to glory with an unbeaten 54 from just 32 balls.
David Hussey and Faf du Plessis were also on form at the crease, posting totals of 35 and 40 not out respectively.
If they continue to bat with such menace in Qualifier 2, then Kings XI Punjab will face a tough task in reaching this year’s final. And with Chennai’s playoff experience guiding them through, another shock could be on the cards for the IPL table toppers.
Virender Sehwag Shines as Kings XI Punjab Defeat Chennai Super Kings in Thriller
Kings XI Punjab (226/6) bt. Chennai Super Kings (202/7) by 24 runs
One of the greatest ever Qualifier 2 matchups took place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, as Kings XI Punjab booked their place in the IPL final with a hard-fought victory over Chennai Super Kings.
The Super Kings came through a gruelling battle with Mumbai Indians on Wednesday in the Eliminator, and their bowlers looked like they were feeling the effects of it as they struggled to make a mark in the opening exchanges.
Punjab openers Maman Vohra and Virender Sehwag romped to an unbeaten 70 in the powerplay, with the veteran latter producing the kind of innings that he would have been proud of in his 20s.
He was handling everything that was thrown at him with a fabulous display of no-nonsense batting, chalking up 12 fours and eight sixes during his innings—per IPLT20.com.
Ashish Nehra finally took the 35-year-old’s wicket in the 19th over, but his 122 made its mark as Chennai’s dreams of reaching their fifth successive final started to slip away.
Elsewhere, David Miller batted well to chalk up a 38, while Sehwag’s opening partner Vohra reached 34 before the pair were separated on 110 thanks to an Ishwar Pandey delivery.
Punjab’s 226/6 total meant that Chennai had a near-impossible chase on their hands, but if there was any franchise that could do it, then it’s MS Dhoni’s side.
Their mission impossible got off to a nightmare start, though, as Faf Du Plessis was dismissed for a duck after launching the ball high from Mitchell Johnson’s delivery.
However, from then on it was the Suresh Raina show, with the 27-year-old putting together a remarkable knock.
His 87 from just 25 balls featured 12 fours and six sixes as Chennai reached the end of the powerplay on an astronomical 100/3.
Just one ball later, the dream was over for Raina, as Brendon McCullum’s indecision lead to George Bailey running him out.
Per ESPN cricinfo, Raina’s strike rate of 348 is the fourth best in IPL history and the best on an innings of 50 or more.
It was a fantastic knock, and as Du Plessis correctly said after their victory over Mumbai Indians, Raina and co. really make their mark on the big stage when it matters most—per IPLT20.com:
“Suresh Raina has played a lot of cricket and has done it in high-pressure situations. And this is what CSK has done over a long period of time; in these stages of the competition, we play our best cricket.”
This time around, though, Raina’s teammates couldn’t follow his example, as Chennai’s innings petered out with Punjab’s total never really coming under threat.
Parvinder Awana enjoyed the best of the action with the ball, taking two wickets with eight dots at an economy rate of 14.75.
The Punjab bowlers will need to step things up when they enter Sunday’s final against Kolkata Knight Riders, with Chennai’s order still managing to reach 202/7 as the final overs ticked over.
KKR made the final after defeating Punjab in Qualifier 1, meaning that Bailey’s men will be out for revenge when they take to their first ever IPL final.
Though the kind of batting brilliance on display on Sunday is unlikely to match that of Wednesday’s Qualifier 2, you can guarantee that the astronomical levels of drama will remain.
Punjab will be calling on Sehwag to once again roll back the years as the prospect of a first ever IPL title looms for the 2013/14 table-toppers.