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Pandey turns into unlikely hero as KKR beat Punjab to win 2nd IPL title

The Kolkata Knight Riders have won their second IPL title by beating tournament favourites Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets at Bengaluru on Sunday, with Bangalore batsman Manish Pandey the unlikely hero on the night. Chasing 200 for a win after Punjab made a sizeable 199/4 in their 20 overs, Pandey came in at No.3 and smashed 94 off just 50 balls to keep his side ahead of the asking rate at most times during the match.

Having been put into bat, Punjab got off to a slow start, but a stupendous 115 from 55 balls from another unlikely source in Wriddhiman Saha made sure that the men in red did not disappoint with the bat. Saha got good support from young Manan Vohra (67) who played a responsible knock after seeing early wickets fall at the other end.

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Punjab’s power house batting delivers huge win

Kings XI Punjab moved back to the to the top of the standings in IPL 2014 with a thumping  44 run win over second placed Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.

After being put into bat on a belter of a track in Cuttack, Punjab made a mammoth 231/4 in their 20 overs, courtesy another blitz from their in form big hitting batsman Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell made an astounding 90 off just 38 balls, smashing 8 sixes and 6 fours on his way to his third score of 90+ in the tournament to deflate a confident Chennai bowling attack. Good support from David Miller (47) and a late surge from skipper George Bailey (40 off just 13 balls) ensured that the home team took advantage of the fine platform set by Maxwell

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Sehwag, Raina light up Qualifier 2 as Punjab advance to first ever IPL Final

An outstanding century from the original Delhi dasher Virender Sehwag laid the foundation for the Kings XI Punjab to book a richly deserved place in the Final of the Indian Premier League despite a spirited effort from the Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier.

It was Chennai who came into this match with all the momentum, but Virender Sehwag soon turned the tables on the former champions who had won the toss and put Punjab in on a belter of a track at the Wankhede Stadium.

Sehwag dominate a 110 run opening wicket partnership with young Manan Vohra (34) and shared that focussing on his own batting today instead of worrying about the youngsters playing alongside him made all the difference. The veteran opener smashed 122 from just 58 balls to send the Mumbai fans into delirium as he turned back the clock 10 years to the original mauler of Multan.

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Chennai batsmen deliver win in Big chase

It was the Chennai Super Kings who emerged victorious once again in Delhi as they fought off a brave challenge from the Delhi Daredevils side to register their 6th win in 7 games in IPL 2014. Delhi were put into bat by Chennai skipper MS Dhoni on a placid Feroz Shah Kotla wicket that had runs writ all over it. They managed a hefty 178/5 in their 20 overs, thanks to handy contributions from Dinesh Karthik (51), Murali Vijay (35), Kedar Jhadav (29*) and JP Duminy (28*). Duminy and Jhadav put on a charge 58 off the last 34 deliveries to give Delhi more than a fair chance in the game.

The hosts chances were reduced greatly by the dreaded Chennai opening pair of Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum though as the overseas duo were at it once again for the men in yellow. The opening stand managed a solid 82 off the first 11 overs before McCullum(32) succumbed to a bit of pressure from the Delhi bowlers.

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Chennai complete easy win to progress to Qualifier 2

The Chennai Super Kings completed a comprehensive  7 wicket win over the Mumbai Indians on Wednesday in the Eliminator of IPL 2014 to progress to the Qualifier 2. Chennai won the toss and chose to field at the Brabourne stadium, but they did not get off to the ideal start.

Mumbai’s openers Michael Hussey(39) and Lendl Simmons(67) set up a platform for a very big score with a 76 run opening stand on what looked like a very sporting wicket. Some decent contributions from Corey Anderson and Rohit Sharma in the middle order consolidated on the start and set up a potential big flourish at the end of the innings. There was a twist in the tale though Mumbai capitulated from 143/3 to 166/8 in the span of 3 overs, which meant that they could only manage a par score of 173/8 in their 20 overs.

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A monumental collapse costs KKR dearly as they lose again to Rajasthan

The Kolkata Knight Riders lost their 2nd match in a week, this time to the Rajasthan Royals by 10 runs in Motera, owing to a disastrous batting collapse, which saw them lose 6 wickets in 8 balls!

Batting first, Rajasthan made a competitive 170/6 on a wicket that looked like a flat one in Ahmedabad. Decent contributions from each of the top 4 batsmen in Ajinkya Rahane (30), Karun Nair (44), Sanju Samson (37) and Shane Watson (31) propelled Rajasthan to the score, while the spin duo of Sunil Narine (2/28) and Shakib Al Hasan (1/25) were the pick of the bowlers for KKR.

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Kolkata ease past Punjab to make IPL 7 Final

The Kolkata Knight Riders stretched their winning streak to 8 straight games to power into the Final of the 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League with a facile 28 run win against league leaders Kings XI Punjab.

On a day dominated by 4 cricketers who had been called up to the Indian one day squad for the Tour of Bangladesh, Robin Uthappa with a top score of 42 from 30 balls and Umesh Yadav with a match winning spell of 3-13 from his 4 overs led the way for the Knight Riders against the Kings XI who had Wriddhiman Saha (35) and Akshar Patel (2-11) to thank for their competitiveness.

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IPL Match 27 Preview: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

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Two IPL heavyweights in Mumbai and Bangalore will do battle in match 27 of IPL 2014 on Tuesday. Both teams are coming off Morale boosting wins at home that followed a run of poor form, and both seem very hard to separate on the basis of the quality of the two sides.

Mumbai will playing at home at the Wankhede stadium and thus could be considered as slight favourites in the match, but Bangalore, with the return to form of their ace batsman AB de Villiers, will be a very hard team to beat.

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Mumbai sneak into IPL Eliminator in Bollywood Style Finish

In a game that was a true roller coaster of human emotions, the Mumbai Indians beat the Rajasthan Royals in 14.4 overs to sneak over the line and qualify for the knockout rounds of IPL 2014.

It all seemed to be going perfectly for the Royals as they came into the match in the driver's seat, ahead by 2 points in the League Standings and needing to prevent a debacle to qualify. The team from Rajasthan produced a masterclass with the bat in their last 10 overs as Sanju Samson (72 from 47 balls) and Karun Nair (50 from 27 balls) put on an even 100 for the second wicket before Brad Hodge (29 from 16) and James Faulkner (23 from 12) gave the innings a late push to post what should have been a sufficient 189-4 in their 20 overs.

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