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Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, Qualifier 2, IPL 2014

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Punjab won by 24 runs | Kings XI Punjab Vs Chennai Super Kings Live Score, Qualifier 2

So Chennai won't be playing the final this year. It will be a repeat of the first qualifier - between Kolkata and Punjab - for the final of this year's edition. That game takes place on the 1st of June - the Sunday. Make sure you join us for one final time as the T20 extravaganza comes to a close. Hope you've had a blast while watching tonight's game, made special by Sehwag's ton. We had a great time in bringing you the coverage. Until next time, it's goodbye from all of us here. Remember to have a good night and sleep tight. Sayonara for now!
So it was Punjab's night. And what a match it was. That's why one cannout count Sehwag out at any cost. Not even at the lowest ebb of his batting career. He has this special ability to produce magic on the big occasion. He has almost single-handedly taken them to their first ever final in this tournament. Credit to the Punjab management for trusting him and sticking to him. The celebrations at the end of the game showed how much the win meant to Punjab.
Sehwag: 'Throughout the tournament I was hitting well. I had a chat with the Master (Sachin Tendulkar) also. He told me that your hand is going really well and it is just a matter of one innings, just stay there and put a conscious effort to stay there for 10-12 overs and everything will be alright. I had promised someone that I will play at least one good innings. Today is Ness Wadia's birthday, I wished him yesterday and said, hope I will give the best birthday gift ever. Talent is there (he must be kidding right?), just a matter of coming off at the right time. I was just hitting the ball the way I want and nothing changed. Whenever I got out early, I called my son and he told me Papa you are not a good player, you are not scoring runs but I said Beta hold on there are couple of games left, so maybe I will show you what I am capable of. I thought only if Raina made a mistake we had a chance in this game and he was batting tremendously, thanks to George Bailey, it was a great run-out and after that the game changed. Yes, absolutely, I have played couple of play-offs and semi-finals but didn't qualify for the final, but this time we beat the best team, Chennai and hopefully we will go to Bangalore and play the way we want to, the way Punjab are playing (aggresive cricket), so hopefully we play well in the final as well.'
Only one man for the Man of the Match award tonight, and who else but Virender Sehwag for his sensational 58-ball 122. He is all smiles as he walks up to receive the award.
Bailey: The master (Sehwag), what an innings from Viru. Wonderful opening partnership, backed up by Miller, almost overshadowed by Raina, almost put our innings into shade. There was plenty of positive talk going around in our group during the strategic break, we were trying to find a wicket, to put the pressure back on them, and then Awana and the spinners took control. Our fielding was excellent, that is something we are proud of. Our catching was good as well. We are looking for the final, hopefully, we will play well, Kolkata should play well, looking for a good final
MS Dhoni: 'I think the target was achievable when Raina was going. I think in the middle overs there was some very irresponsible cricket from some of the most experienced international cricketers. When the stakes are high you can't commit mistakes. We need our spinners to improve their bowling on flat tracks. Once Viru pa gets going there is hardly any bowler who can stop him and in our bowling there is no bowler who can push him on the back foot. They scored 25 runs more than what we would have easily taken but with the way Suresh batted we should have chased it. We lost one of our retained players (Bravo) at the start and to still reach this far in the tournament is a great achievement. In a game like this Bravo would have been handy. What's done is done, Bravo got injured but still I think we did really well in this tournament. The way they started, definitely, because I had belief in my bowling that they would let them score 200 (laughs after saying that). Overall, I think they batted really and we have to give them credit. I am happy for Preity, she has been through the ups and downs with Punjab.'
Awana was smashed for 33 runs in his 2nd over and when Raina was going, even Johnson wasn't spared. The short balls kept being pulled and Raina was in a zone of his own. But the first ball after the timeout, produced the game-changing moment. A word of credit to Akshar Patel - he was brilliant, darting it in and not giving any length for Chennai's hitters to get under. Even Dhoni was left helpless and couldn't take his side to yet another Indian T20 League final.
They say run-outs change matches. And boy didn't Raina's run-out prove to be the turning point of the game! Bailey - the Punjab skipper with a turn and throw, all in one motion. That changed the match and the middle-order just couldn't cope up with the asking rate. Imagine a team scoring 100 runs in the first powerplay of six overs and still not able to chase the remaining runs. That's what happened after Suresh Raina produced arguably the innings of the day, even at times surpassing Sehwag with strokeplay of the highest order.
Hoho! Hang on for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's post-match quotes. I have never seen him so angry before. Some scathing criticism. We will have the interview as soon as he stops talking. Coming back to tonight's game, it was Sehwag's night. And Punjab's night. They have reached their first final after 6 years. They deserve it too. They have been the form team during the league stages and though they had an off-day against Kolkata in the first qualifier, they weren't going to spurn a gift horse in the mouth the 2nd time.
End of over 20, 15 runs (1 . 4 . 4 6 )
CHN: 202/7
MS Dhoni - 42(31) This over: 14 runs
Mohit Sharma - 1(3) This over: 1 runs
Parvinder Awana
(4.0 - 0 - 59 - 2)
19.6 Parvinder Awana to MS Dhoni 6
SIX, it's a six, but it's Punjab who win! Bailey is all smiles. Sehwag is on the field, he is hugged by Bailey. Preity Zinta can be heard saying - 'Oh my god', lots of hugs in the Punjab camp. Bailey wants to hug Sehwag one more time and the hero of tonight obliges. Coming back to the last delivery - a high full toss was belted miles into the stands at wide long-on - reminiscent of Dhoni's winning hit in the 2011 World Cup final here at the Wankhede. But this time in a losing cause. Maybe he just vented all his frustration on that poor white cherry.
200 runs for CHN
Look who is coming on to the field - Sehwag is coming out, and the crowd cheer. Bailey sees that and sports a big smile
19.5 Parvinder Awana to MS Dhoni 4
FOUR, heaved wide of the deep midwicket fielder. The dive didn't help him. Just one more ball to go
Raina's face says it all - he is trying hard to hide his disappointment. Keeps scratching his beard, wondering how did it go wrong after his dismissal.
19.4 Parvinder Awana to MS Dhoni 0
no run, reaches out and completely mistimes it in the air, just wide of the bowler's left-hand. Just the two more balls to go
19.3 Parvinder Awana to MS Dhoni 4
FOUR, slashed down to third man. Right off the toe-end and down to the fence. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a look at his willow after playing that. All over bar the shouting now
30 runs for MS Dhoni

Match details

Toss : Chennai won the toss and elected to field

Umpires : Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Rod Tucker (Australia)

TV umpire : Anil Chaudhary (India)

Match referee : Javagal Srinath (India)

Teams

Kings XI Punjab : Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey(c), Akshar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Karanveer Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana.

Chennai Super Kings : Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, David Hussey, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Ashish Nehra.

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