(Kings XI Punjab take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 60 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru for the Final of IPL 2014. Catch all the Live Score Updates and Live Cricket Action here.)
Kings XI Punjab take on Kolkata Knight Riders one last time as both, KXIP and KKR, take the field to battle it out for the coveted IPL 2014 trophy. If the performances of all 8 teams are analysed than it is safe to say that Kings XI Punjab has been the most deserving team to make it to the finals and Kolkata Knight Riders, with a string of wins, comes in second so as far as a fair game is called for, the final is all set.
IPL 2014 has come a long way since the UAE leg with great ups a downs seen from Mumbai Indians scrapping through to the qualifier to Delhi Daredevils who just couldn’t get much right in this year’s IPL.
Kings XI Punjab has not only been the most consistent team this year but also the most entertaining while Kolkata Knight Rider’s has the story of fairy tales with woeful initial matches to come up to the second spot with a win streak all adds to the excitement of this final.
As Danny Morrison and several others have pointed out, it is the fight between two Bollywood stars, Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta as their team face off in what can be a very exciting game for supporters of both teams.
Kings XI Punjab had a dismal performance in the 1st Qualifier where Kolkata Knight Riders shone and went straight to the final and that defeat will be a key factor for Kings XI Punjab as they take the field with the hunger of exacting revenge and showing KKR why KXIP are the Kings.
Kolkata Knight Riders win the match by 3 wickets and are IPL 2014 Champions.
OVER 20: Kolkata 200/7
Parwinder Awana comes in to bowl the final over. Sunil Narine will face the first ball, what will Awana bowl to him? A yorker or a shirt ball? A dot ball off of Sunil Narine. A single and Piyush Chawla is back on strike. KKR is one strike away from a victory and Piyush Chawla does just that as he runs to the dugout to celebrate with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
OVER 19: Kolkata 195/7
Mitchell Johnson comes into the attack. Suryakumar Yadav gets a single off the first ball to get Piyush Chawla on strike. Suryakumar Yadav gets a lofted a shot and gets caught by Manan Vohra. Sunil Narine comes out to replace Suryakumar Yadav. A precious dot ball off of Sunil Narine. A wide yorker and Sunil Narine defends while Piyush Chawla runs and motivates him for a single.
OVER 18: Kolkata 185/6
Akshar Patel comes into the attack. Piyush Chawla comes out to replace Manish Pandey. A good line bowled by Akshar Patel but it is called a wide. Piyush Chawla and Suryakumar Yadav are rotating the strike to inch their way to the victory. A very well bowled ball for a dot ball.
OVER 17: Kolkata 179/6
Karanveer Singh comes into the attack and Manish Pandey slams the first ball down the ground for a 6. A shot away for a single to bring Ryan ten Doeschate on strike. David Miller catches Ryan ten Doeschate to have him walk back to the dugout. Suryakumar Yadav comes out to replace Ryan ten Doeschate. Manish Pandey slams another big 6 into the crowds followed by another 4 muscled away with one more delivery left in the over. A wide ball by Karanveer Singh as the pressure mounts. Manish Pandey slams a ball but gets a top edge to give a catch to George Bailey.
OVER 16: Kolkata 161/4
Akshar Patel comes back into the attack. Akshar Patel has been the most economical bowler this innings. Shakib Al Hasan slams the ball and despite a good effort from David Miller, the ball goes for a 4. A direct throw and the players in the KXIP camp are celebrating and the replay confirms that Shakib Al Hasan has to depart run out. The umpire calls for a Strategic Time Out. Ryan ten Doeschate comes out to replace Shakib Al Hasan after the terrible run out caused by the confusion between Manish Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan.
OVER 15: Kolkata 151/3
Mitchell Johnson comes back into the attack to get another breakthrough. Manish Pandey slams the ball but George Bailey stops the ball on the edge of the circle to restrict the scoring to a single. Shakib Al Hasan faces his first ball and it’s on his pads but the ball was going down the leg side so there is no appeal. A brilliant diving effort by Akshar Patel to stop an imminent 4. A sloppy throw gets Shakib Al Hasan a couple of runs. A bit of clumsiness in the field when it comes to calling by KKR batsmen. A cheeky shot to get a 4 by Shakib Al Hasan.
OVER 14: Kolkata 142/3
Karanveer Singh comes into the attack. Karanveer Singh goes wide to deny Manish Pandey any runs when he say Pandey charging him. A wide ball from Karanveer Singh to Yusuf Pathan left alone. A big shot by Yusuf Pathan and it gets caught by Glenn Maxwell. Shakib Al Hasan comes out to replace Yusuf Pathan and manish Pandey takes the run so he will be on strike. Manish Pandey slams the next ball for a 6. A ball beats Manish Pandey and he retaliates by muscling the ball away for a 4.
OVER 13: Kolkata 128/2
Lakshmipathy Balaji comes into the attack. Yusuf Pathan bludgeons the ball away but gets only a couple of runs but he slams the ball away for a 6. Balaji bowls another wide ball and Yusuf Pathan attempts to go big again but gets a single to bring Manish Pandey on strike. A full length delivery by Lakshmipathy Balaji tryied to be played cheekily gets a dot for Yusuf Pathan. A desperate shot by Manish Pandey goes down the field with barely any power to get a single. A full toss and Yusuf Pathan gets a 6 off the last ball.
OVER 12: Kolkata 110/2
Akshar Patel comes into the attack. A chance of a catch by George Bailey but fails to keep the catch in his hands after three attempts to dismiss Manish Pandey.
OVER 11: Kolkata 107/2
Parwinder Awana comes into the attack to try and get a breakthrough but gets slammed for a 4 from the front foot by Manish Pandey. Manish Pandey gets his 50 from the 6 he hit off of a loose delivery. Manish Pandey slams the ball right back at Parwinder Awana and Awana does good to stop it. A good ball in the block hole which is defended away by Manish Pandey and he gets a single for it to bring Yusuf Pathan on strike. A slow ball slammed away for a flat 6.
OVER 10: Kolkata 89/2
Akshar Patel comes into the attack. A good line being bowled by Akshar Patel here to get dot balls and restrict the scoring to singles till now.
OVER 9: Kolkata 87/2
Karanveer Singh comes into the attack and gets slammed for a huge 6 by Yusuf Pathan. Yusuf Pathan slams the ball again and almost gets caught out with a brilliant piece of fielding at the ropes by David Miller.
OVER 8: Kolkata 73/2
Lakshmipathy Balaji comes into the attack after the strategic time out. Glenn Maxwell tries to take advantage of the slack by the runner but misses the stumps at the non strikers’s end. A change in the pace predicted well by Manish Pandey as he slams the ball away for a 4. One more ball left in the over, where will Yusuf Pathan hit it? He gets a dot ball.
OVER 7: Kolkata 67/2
Karanveer Singh comes into the attack and strikes with the first ball as the extra bounce beats Gautam Gambhir to be caught by David Miller. Manish Pandey continues the big hitting as he slams the second ball of the over for a 6. Yusuf Pathan comes out to replace Gautam Gambhir. The umpire calls for a Strategic Time Out.
OVER 6: Kolkata 57/1
Parwinder Awana comes into the attack. Manish Pandey is trying all to get the scoring into higher gear but has failed to connect effectively so far but both the batsmen are able to rotate the strike and keep the run rate under check. A direct throw from Mitchell Johnson and the deflected ball runs away past the fence for a 4 so KKR get 5 runs in total. A better line from Awana to gautam gambhir on his body as he plays the defensive shot to get a single and bring Manish Pandey on strike.
OVER 5: Kolkata 48/1
Lakshmipathi Balaji comes back into the attack and gets hit down the ground for a 4. A better line by Balaji to get a dot ball. A slower ball beats Manish Pandey who tries to pull widly and misses the ball completely. KKR needs 153 runs to win from 93 balls at this stage of the match. Gautam Gambhir flicks the ball away for an easy single to rotate the strike.
OVER 4: Kolkata 40/1
Parwinder Awana comes into the attack and there is bit of confusion between the batsmen and a chance of a potential run out but nothing happens as the batsmen reach the crease comfortably. Gautam Gambhir gets a top edge and fielding restrictions save him from getting an early shower. Manish Pandey slicks the ball well and the ball races away for a 4 despite a great effort by Mitchell Johnson. A well placed shot from Manish Pandey gets him a couple of runs.
OVER 3: Kolkata 31/1
Mitchell Johnson comes back for another over after drawing first blood for Kings XI Punjab. Mitchell Johnson gets the first ball away for a wide and is slammed for a 4 by Gautam Gambhir. Another wide from Mitchell Johnson to give away extra runs to Kolkata Knight Riders. A good bouncer to Gautam Gambhir but they still manage to get a single and Manish Pandey gets another single to rotate the strike. Another good short ball from Mitchell Johnson beats Gautam Gambhir but he comes back with a well timed shot that races away for a 4.
OVER 2: Kolkata 19/1
Lakshmipathi Balaji comes into the attack and he gets slammed by Gautam Gambhir for a 4. A better line for the next ball left alone by Gautam Gambhir. A wider ball slammed away but just a couple of runs for Gautam Gambhir. Gautam Gambhir tries to go big again but he can’t connect and gets a single.
OVER 1: Kolkata 10/1
Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa come out to open the batting attack for Kolkata Knight Riders. Mitchell Johnson opens the bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab. Robin Uthappa starts the show with a brilliant cover drive to get a 4. There is a bit of confusion but they take a single. Mitchell Johnson strikes as Robin Uthappa gets caught out by Akshar Patel. Manish Pandey comes ou to replace Robin Uthappa.
—END OF 1st INNINGS—
OVER 20: Punjab 199/4
Umesh Yadav comes into the attack and Wriddhiman Saha gets a cheeky shot away for a 4. Saha gets another big shot away for a 4 and follows it with a quick couple of runs. Two more balls left in the innings, where will Saha hit it? A misfield from Sunil Narine lets Saha take a single to bring Daivd Miller on strike for the last ball to get a single to finish it off.
OVER 19: Punjab 187/4
Sunil Narine comes out to bowl the penultimate over and he gets slammed for a 6 after getting two good deliveries to beat Wriddhiman Saha. Saha goes big again as he moves on to 98 runs with a 4 and he hits the next ball for a 6 to get his century from 49 balls. Virender Sehwag hit a century in the last match and now Saha gets a century in this match.
OVER 18: Punjab 170/4
Piyush Chawla comes into the attack. Piyush Chawla gets Manan Vohra caught and bowled off the first ball. Glenn Maxwell comes into the attack to replace Manan Vohra. Wriddhiman Saha slams the ball down the ground almost taking out the umpire for a 4. Saha gets another good drive to get a couple of runs as he moves on to 83 runs from 42 balls. Wriddhiman Saha slams the ball yet again to get another 4. Glenn Maxwell gets a reverse sweep and it goes straight to Morne Morkel.
OVER 17: Punjab 159/2
Umesh Yadav comes back for another over. Wriddhiman Saha slams the ball away for a 4 to start off the over. A pull shot by Wriddhiman Saha but he fails to connect otherwise the ball was sure to go into the stands. A straighter delivery and Wriddhiman Saha gets a good drive in to get a quick 4. A wide ball by Umesh Yadav and a misfield coupled with a couple run by the batsmen give KXIP more runs. A flick off the pads but Manan Vohra gets a single to get Wdriddhiman Saha on strike for the last ball. Wriddhiman Saha slams the ball to get a 6 off the last ball.
OVER 16: Punjab 140/2
Sunil Narine comes back into the attack. Manan Vohra sweeps to get a single and get Wriddhiman Saha on strike who has been hitting Sunil Narine all over the park. Wriddhiman Saha gets a top edge and Sunil Narine goes for the catch but drops it. There is an appeal for a stumping by Robin Uthappa. The replay shows that Manan Vohra’s brilliant performance has come to an end but there is some confusion. The third umpire is checking if Robin Uthappa has collected the ball before it goes past the stumps. Manan Vohra is safe because Robin Uthappa collected the ball before it went past the stumps and a no ball. A well timed shot goes for a one drop 4.
OVER 15: Punjab 130/2
Morne Morkel comes into the attack after the strategic time out. A sliced shot from Manan Vohra as the one handed shot goes away for a flat 6 by using Morne Morkel’s pace. Manan Vohra slams the ball again and gets a 4 which almost became another 6. A good swing but the ball is in the air and falls short of Shakib Al Hasan. An excellent pull shot from Wriddhiman Saha gets him a 6 at third man with one more ball left in the over. A flick off the pads to get a couple of runs.
OVER 14: Punjab 111/2
Sunil Narine comes back into the attack. Wriddhiman Saha gets things going in a higher ger as he smacks Sunil Narine’s delivery for a 6. He goes big once again and a brilliant attempt by Morne Morkel fails to get the catch or stop the ball as Saha gets a 4. Another swing and an inside edge beats Rohin Uthappa as Wriddhiman Saha gets another 4 and he reaches his 50 from 30 balls. Manan Vohra gets a 4 to end the over as he reaches his 50 in 42 balls. The umoire calls for a Strategic Time Out.
OVER 13: Punjab 92/2
Shakib Al Hasan comes back into the attack. An attempt of a slog sweep but the batsmen run a single anyway as the ball goes off the pads of Wriddhiman Saha. Wriddhiman Saha swings and the ball goes into the air and a misjudged ball by Yusuf Pathan has him falling short of getting the catch.
OVER 12: Punjab 82/2
Piyush Chawla comes back into the attack. A well timed shot but Shakib A Hasan does well to cover a lot of ground and stop the ball from crossing the boundary ropes. Wriddhiman Saha goes big again and it seems like it may fall short but the fielder can only watch as the ball goes over his head for a 6. Wriddhiman Saha charges Piyush Chawla down the pitch and gets a bigger 6.
OVER 11: Punjab 67/2
Shakib Al Hasan comes back into the attack. An appeal from the keeper of a wicket but the umpire decides to consult the third umpire and the replay shows that the batsman is safe. Wriddhiman Saha tries to be cheeky but gets no runs. Wriddhiman Saha gets a hold of the next ball and the ball sails all the way over the crowd for a 6.
OVER 10: Punjab 58/2
Piyush Chawla comes into the attack after the strategic time out. A chance for a run out but the replay shows that the batsman is safe. A good over from Piyush Chawla.
OVER 9: Punjab 54/2
Shakib Al Hasan comes back into the attack. Manan Vohra and Wriddhiman Saha are rotating the strike while they build the foundation for a much needed partnership to start hitting the big shots soon. A sweep by Wriddhiman Saha gets him a single. The Umpire calls for a Strategi Time Out.
OVER 8: Punjab 50/2
Piyush Chawla comes into the attack. Wriddhiman Saha pulls his delivery away for a couple of runs. Another pull shot but it is better in terms of placement and the ball races away for a 4. A charghe down the track to get a single and bring Manan Vohra on strike. A late spinning ball beats Manan Vohra as the ball goes straight into Robin Uthappa’s gloves. An excellent comeback by Manan Vohra to strike the ball away for a 6.
OVER 7: Punjab 36/2
Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack. A nice ball from Shakib Al Hasan turning away from Wriddhiman Saha. The scoring has bacome very slow with the lowest Power Play total by Kings XI Punjab in this IPL tournament.
OVER 6: Punjab 32/2
Sunil Narine comes into the attack and strikes right away with the wicket of George Bailey as he is bowled round his stumps. Wriddhiman Saha comes to replace George Bailey. An excellent over by Sunil Narine to get a wicket and give away just a couple of runs.
OVER 5: Punjab 30/1
Morne Morkel comes back into the attack. A bit of a mix up but the batsmen complete the run. A shot that has the ball sailing in the air but fielding restrictions let the ball land safely. Manan Vohra gets the ball in the air and it lands a few metres short of the ropes and the reverse spin keeps it within the field for a couple of runs.
OVER 4: Punjab 24/1
Umesh Yadav comes into the attack. A good line of delivery to start off the over and punched away for a dot. followed by a straighter shot back to the bowler. Virender Sehwag anticipates the delivery, gets on the back foot and a misfielding gets him a coupe of runs. A shot hit in the air and Virender Sehwag manages to get caught by Gautam Gambhir at the edge of the circle. George Bailey comes out to replace Virender Sehwag after Kolkata Knight Riders draw first blood early in the match. KKR will be happy after getting the important wicket of Viru.
OVER 3: Punjab 21/0
Morne Morkel comes back into the attack. A flick off the pads by Manan Vohra and the ball races away to the boundary off the middle of the bat for a 4. A good ball swinging a bit and the fielders appeal for a caught behind but the umpire shows no interest. Another flick off the pads and Virender Sehwag picks up a single to bring Manan Vohra back on the strike for the last ball of the over.
OVER 2: Punjab 15/0
Umesh Yadav comes into the attack for the second over. A good line being bowled by Umesh Yadav. A good bouncer to send the aggressive message to Virender Sehwag. Another thick edge but Morne Morkel gets to the ball at third man and secures the ball which would have definitely gone for a 4. A hard smacked ball down the field for a 4.
OVER 1: Punjab 9/0
Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra come out to open the batting attack for Kings XI Punjab. Morne Morkel opens the bowling attack for Kolkata Knight Riders and he starts off with a good line to set the message to Virender Sehwag right away after last matches destructive innings. Manan Vohra gets a thick outside edge and the ball races way to the boundary for a 4.
Kolkata Knight Riders win the toss and elect to bowl first
George Bailey and Gautam Gambhir come out to the middle for the toss for the fianl match of IPL 2014.