Kings XI Punjab vs. Kolkata, IPL 7 Qualifier 1: Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMay 28, 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders Manvinder Bisla makes a run against the Titans during a Champions League Twenty20 cricket game in Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, Oct 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
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Kolkata Knight Riders reached the final of the 2014 Indian Premier League after outclassing Kings XI Punjab in a 28-run victory.

The match, which was postponed a day by the rain in Kolkata, began with the home side asked to bat first.

They put on 163-8 in their 20 overs, set up by a top score of 42 from in-form opener Robin Uthappa, and boosted by a series of cameos from the rest of the batsmen.

With rain threatening the game, the stakes were raised on the Kings XI innings, with Duckworth/Lewis a possible factor at any stage.

The pressure told, with wickets tumbling and KKR delighting their home fans by closing out their eighth victory in a row.

If they make it nine, they will be champions for a second time.

Kolkata Knight Riders Innings
Robin Uthappac David Miller b Akshar Patel4230140.0042
Gautam Gambhirc George Bailey b Mitchell Johnson1333.3300
Manish Pandeyb Akshar Patel2120105.0030
Shakib Al Hasanc David Miller b Karanveer Singh1816112.5020
Yusuf Pathanc David Miller b Karanveer Singh2018111.1121
Ryan ten Doeschatec Manan Vohra b Mitchell Johnson1710170.0002
Suryakumar Yadavb Karanveer Singh2014142.8531
Piyush ChawlaNOT OUT179188.8830
Sunil Narinerun out (Mitchell Johnson)000.0000
Morne MorkelNOT OUT000.0000
EXTRAS (w 3, lb 4)7
TOTAL (8 wickets; 20 overs)163
Parvinder Awana43308.259
Mitchell Johnson43127.7510
Akshar Patel41122.7513
Rishi Dhawan444011.006
Karanveer Singh440310.007
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KKR began slowly, losing captain Gautam Gambhir for just one run, and rebuilding through Uthappa and Manish Pandey.

Their stand brought 65 runs, but just before the halfway point, they fell in the same over.

While no one batsman took responsibility, a series of mini-stands and cameos saw not just an acceleration in the run rate, but the setting of a decent total.

Akshar Patel gave away just 11 runs in his four overs, picking up a couple of wickets in the process, but two bowlers let the Knight Riders off the hook.

Rishi Dhawan returned figures of 4-0-44-0, and while Karanveer Singh did collect three wickets, it came at the cost of another 40 runs.

Kings XI Punjab Innings
Virender Sehwagc Shakib Al Hasan b Umesh Yadav2366.6600
Manan Vohrac Umesh Yadav b Morne Morkel2619136.8403
Wriddhiman Sahac Umesh Yadav b Morne Morkel3531112.9022
Glenn Maxwelllbw Umesh Yadav6966.6610
David Millerb Piyush Chawla81266.6600
Akshar Patelrun out (Piyush Chawla)22100.0000
George Baileyc Manish Pandey b Umesh Yadav2617152.9412
Rishi Dhawanst Robin Uthappa b Shakib Al Hasan141593.3301
Mitchell JohnsonNOT OUT101190.9001
Karanveer SinghNOT OUT11100.0000
EXTRAS (w 2, lb 3)5
TOTAL (8 wickets; 20 overs)135
Morne Morkel42325.7514
Umesh Yadav41333.2515
Sunil Narine43007.509
Shakib Al Hasan443110.757
Piyush Chawla42315.757
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In reply, the chase got off to a stuttering start, Virender Sehwag middling a drive into the covers to lose his wicket early on.

The rain arrived in the fourth over, and for a moment it looked as if the play would stop. Covers, which had arrived on the outfield, were sent back in the nick of time and play continued in the rainshower.

The pressure turned back to the table-topping Kings XI—had play been abandoned, their finish at the top of the table would have seen them through to the final. Instead, behind the Duckworth/Lewis requirements, they had to up the pace of their innings.

They did so—at a cost. Wickets fell cheaply, and with star men Glenn Maxwell and David Miller failing, KKR turned the screw.

Only Manan Vohra (26 from 19 deliveries) and Wriddhiman Saha (35 from 31) got meaningful scores, with the middle order crumbling and the match ebbing away.

George Bailey tried to stem the tide, but coming in at No. 7, he was simply left with too much to do.

Kings XI will have to content themselves with the fact that they get a second chance—they meet the winner of the clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier—but their form has deserted them at just the wrong time.