Kolkata Power Into IPL Final
Kolkata Knight Riders 163-8 (Uthappa 42) beat
Kings XI Punjab 135-8 by 28 runs
Indian Premier League 2014 Qualifier 1, Kolkata
The Kolkata Knight Riders surged into the final of the Indian Premier League 2014 by beating the Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs at Eden Gardens.
In a game that was postponed from yesterday due to heavy rain, Kolkata posted 163 for eight and then ran out comfortable winners when the Kings XI could manage only 135 for eight in reply.
Although in-form opener Robin Uthappa top scored for Kolkata with a relatively modest 42, enough contributions from his team-mates lower down the order gave their bowlers plenty to bowl at.
Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav shared five wickets as Punjab's reply, aside from a 40-run stand between Manan Vohra (26) and Wriddhiman Saha (35) never really got going, and they closed well short.
While Kolkata can look forward to Sunday's final, Punjab will have a second chance to qualify when the play the winner of today's Elminator between Chennai and Mumbai.
Uthappa struck four fours and two sixes to make light of Kolkata's early loss of captain Gautam Gambhir, caught by George Bailey off Mitchell Johnson.
He looked set to add more runs when he chipped Akshar Patel to David Miller in the deep from the 30th ball he faced.
Three balls later, Manish Pandey (21) was bowled by Patel, who finished with two for 11.
Shakib Al Hasan (18), Yusuf Pathan (20), Ryan ten Doeschate (17), Suryakumar Yadav (20) and Piyush Chawla (17 not out) then all played cames that ensured that the Knight Riders' innings ticked along at a good rate.
Johnson finished with two for 31 and Karanveer Singh three for 40, the leg-spinner picking up the scalps of Shakib, Pathan and Yadav.
Like Kolkata, Punjab lost their experienced Indian opener cheaply when Virender Sehwag (2) was caught by Shakib off Yadav.
Then, Vohra (26 in 19 balls) and Saha (35 in 31) got them back on track with 40 runs inside the Power Play, only for them to lose their way thereafter.
Morne Morkel had both batsmen caught by Yadav while in between Yadav trapped Glenn Maxwell in front for six.
David Miller was unable to make much impression before was bowled by Chawla for six and Patel made two before being run out.
From 87 for six, it would have needed all of Kings XI's much-vaunted chasing skill and a whole lot more to rescue the game, and they didn't have enough in hand.
Bailey made 26 in 17 balls, Rishi Dhawan 14 in 15 and Johnson 10 not out in 11 but they had been left far too much to do thanks to an excellent bowling performance by Kolkata.
Morkel claimed two for 23, Yadav three for 13 from four overs and there was one apiece for Chawla and Shakib.
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