(Kings XI Punjab take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 57 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata for the 1st Qualifier of IPL 2014. Catch all the Live Score Updates and Live Cricket Action here.)
UPDATE: The 1st Qualifier between KXIP and KKR has been postponed to 4 pm on 28th May 2014 due to heavy rain in Kolkata. The match was scheduled to start at 8pm on 27th May 2014. If the match cannot be played today then Kings XI Punjab will qualify for the final.
Kings XI Punjab take on Kolkata Knight Riders at KKR’s home ground as the first Playoff game will decide which team moves on to the final and which team gets another chance at making it to the final against the winner of the Eliminator match between CSK and MI. Kings XI Punjab have had a dream run at IPL 2014 with an undefeated run in the UAE leg and despite a few losses, they finished top of the points table with 22 points from 14 games in the League stage of IPL 2014. Kolkata Knight Riders had a slow start to IPL 2014 but they came back to form and ended the League stage with 18 points from 14 games due to an 8-match-winning-streak.
After 56 matches of the League matches, we have 4 teams that will fight it out on the field to with the top 2 teams, KXIP and KKR, gunning for a win to go straight to the finals. Kings XI Punjab have the destructive Maxwell-Miller combination that have been instrumental in getting the team this far in the competition along with timely performances from the entire Punjab team.
Kolkata Knight Riders have found form at the right time with, especially Yusuf Pathan who hit the fastest 50 in IPL history, in just 15 balls beating the previous record held by Adam Gilchrist and Chris Gayle who reached 50s in 17 balls each. Kolkata Knight Riders not only have the winning momentum going on for them but they also have the home advantage so it really can be anybody’s game with both teams firing on all cylinders.
Kings XI Punjab is the most consistent team in IPL 2014 while Kolkata Knight Riders comes into the match with a wave of confidence owing to their massive win streak. The competition is all set to blaze the pitch up.
For viewers in India, http://www.starsports.com/cricket/index.html and http://www.iplt20.com/ are broadcasting the match on mobile and internet.
In USA and Canada –www.willow.tv and Rogers would respectively broadcast the tournament. IPL Fans can watch the Live Streaming of Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2014 Match No. 27 on these sites.
Kings XI Punjab
George Bailey (C), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Rishi Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Thisara Perera, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Murali Kartik, Sandeep Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Akshar Patel, Parvinder Awana, Shardul Thakur, Anureet Singh, Shivam Sharma, Karanveer Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir (C), Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Morne Morkel, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Pat Cummins, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Manvinder Bisla (W), Veer Pratap Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Debabrata Das, Sayan Mondal