IPL 2014, KXIP vs KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders stroll to convincing win over Kings XI Punjab

After restricting Kings XI Punjab to 149 Kolkata Knight Riders chased down the target with ease and won the match by nine wickets.

Foundation of KKR’s chase was once again laid by openers Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa. The pair put on a 68 run opening stand and scored at a rate of above nine runs per over. Uthappa was on attacking mode while Gambhir kept supporting him at the other end.

The only breakthrough for KXIP came in 7th over when Uthappa tried to go over deep mid-wicket but was caught at boundary ropes by Akshar Patel off Parvinder Awana. Uthappa scored 46 off 28 balls ashe hit eight 4s and a six in his innings.

At fall of Uthappa’s wicket KKR still needed 81 runs to win and then unbeaten stand for the 2nd wicket between Gambhir and Manish Pandey saw them home with two overs to spare.

Both Gambhir and Pandey kept rotating the strike and thrashed big shots at regular intervals as collapse against Rajasthan Royals was in the back of their mind. No KXIP bowler looked threatening and both these batsmen played array of strokes at will.

Gambhir notched his third fifty of this season and carried his bat through scoring 63 off 45 balls while Pandey played his part and scored unbeaten 36.

Parvinder Awana (1-20) was the only bowler to fetch a wicket though he was expensive in his two overs.

Earlier Virender Sehwag who scored his first fifty of this IPL helped Kings XI Punjab post 148 after being put to bat first. Sehwag was the only KXIP batsman to go past 20 runs or more as he scored 72 runs off 50 balls. At one stage it looked likeKXIP willput up big total on boardbut good death bowling by KKR bowlers did not let that happen.

Piyush Chawla (3-19)was pick of the bowlers while Morne Morkel (2-20) was second best.

Man of the Match: Gautam Gambhir

Brief Scores: KKR(Gambhir 63*, Awana 1-20)beatKXIP 149-8 (Sehwag72, Chawla 3-19) by nine wickets.