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By Nishad Pai Vaidya
May 11, 2014
Kings XI Punjab scored a decent total of 149 for eight against the Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 match at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. Virender Sehwag‘s aggressive half-century led the way for them and powered them to a good start. However, Kolkata hit back and limited Punjab to their eventual total. In the first ten overs, Punjab had raced to 85, but in the last ten, they could only muster 64 with wickets falling at regular intervals.
Sehwag was on-song from the outset. There were a few iffy moments, but he needed that luck to make a big one. Throughout the IPL 2014, he got off to good starts, getting to 30s in quick time, but could not convert them into big ones. But, with a few edges going through the slips and a couple of heaves falling in no-man’s land, one sensed that it was his day.
The first over bowled by Jacques Kallis went for 17 as Sehwag found four boundaries. Through the innings, Kolkata did make a mistake of straying onto his pads too many times and Sehwag had no worries if guiding it through the leg-side. He got to his fifty in 35 balls and looked good for a lot more as he continued.
At the other end, it was a different story while Sehwag was batting. Mandeep Singh was dismissed for a duck in the second over and Wriddhiman Saha fell early after an encouraging start. There were no Glenn Maxwell heroics this time as he was dismissed for 14. So, it was only Sehwag who kept the scoring going and once he fell in the 15th over for 74, it was a tough ride for Punjab.
Piyush Chawla was the star for Kolkata, bowling in the right channels and taking the important wickets of Sehwag, Maxwell and Rishi Dhawan. He finished with figures of three for 19 in his four overs. Morne Morkel too made an impact with two for 20.
David Miller had bided his time in the middle, but he was snared by Umesh Yadav in the 16th over. It was then left to George Bailey to fashion a late assault and take Punjab through to a good total. But, Kolkata kept their cool and Sunil Narine was at it again by keeping Punjab quiet. Some late hitting by Mitchell Johnson took Punjab closer to 150.
Kings XI Punjab 149 for 8 in 20 overs (Virender Sehwag 74; Morne Morkel 2 for 29, Piyush Chawla 3 for 19) vs Kolkata Knight Riders.
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