Kolkata Knight Riders deservedly won the IPL 2014 title, after putting up an impressive performance in the latter half of the tournament, where they won nine matches in a row including the finals. They defeated one of the favourites, Kings XI Punjab in an high scoring affair, which witnessed some brilliant batsmanship.
Having been put
into bat by Gautam Gambhir, Punjab put up a huge score of 199 runs in
their 20 overs. None of their big players fired, namely Sehwag,
Miller, Maxwell and Bailey, but it was two Indian batsmen, Vohra and
Saha, who tore apart the KKR bowlers. The latter played an innings of
his life scoring 115 runs of just 55 balls and the former
comprehended the player well with 67 runs to his name.
Going into the
break, Punjab had one hand in the trophy for the target was a huge
one to chase. Add to it, the pressure of the finals would only make
the chase doubly difficult. But, as the second innings turned out,
pressure got the better out of the KKR batsmen.
KKR had pinned
their hopes on their opening pair of Gautam Gambhir and Robin
Uthappa, but with Robin and Gambhir falling cheaply, it was left for
the young Manish Pandey and experienced Yusuf Pathan to showcase
their big hitting skills and take the IPL trophy to Kolkata, and how
well did they bat to snatch the game away from Punjab's hand.
played a great innings scoring 94 runs in just 50 balls, while Pathan
scored 36 from 22. These batsmen hit the Punjab bowlers all over the
park. It was only A Patel, who put up a brave fight giving very few
runs. With this performance by Kolkata's batsmen, Saha's century went
This is KKR's
second IPL victory, as they won the 2012 edition as well, while
Punjab is yet to lift aloft the IPL title.