IPL 7 Final: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab - As it happened...

By Chaitan Papnai | Updated: Jun 01, 2014, 14:41 PM IST

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Kolkata Knight Riders Innings

Over 19.3 || Score 200/7

Five runs needed off six balls. Awana to bowl the final over. Narine is on strike. First ball, a dot. Second ball, came a single. Four runs needed off four balls. Anything can happen. Chawla on strike, full toss, and the southpaw hit the ball over point fielder for a boundary. With the boundary KKR beat KXIP by three wickets in the finals to win the IPL for the second time in three years. Heartbreaking loss for KXIP as they have played outstanding cricket throughout the season. On the other end, KKR who got the winning momentum later in the tournament went on to lift the trophy.

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Over 19 || Score 195/7

15 runs needed of 12 balls. Johnson to bowl the penultimate over of the match. Double came off the first ball. Suryakumar Yadav Out! Tried to launch the bowler over mid-wicket, Yadav couldn't connect it well and Vohara took a simple catch at deep. Narine is the new man in. Single off the third ball. Next ball was dot as Narine completely missed the line. Another single off the fifth ball. Off the last ball, Chawla smacked the bowler for a six over square leg.

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Over 18 || Score 185/6

21 runs need off 18 balls. Four runs came in the first three balls. Single off the next. Piyush Chawla is the new man in for KKR. Another impressive performance by the the all-rounder as he ended up with the figures of 4-0-21-0.

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Over 17 || Score 179/6

39 runs needed off 24 balls. Karanveer Singh to bowl his last over. First ball, Pandey hit a six over long on. Doeschate Out! Doeschate tried to clear the long-on fence but eventually end up giving a simple catch to Miller. Off the next two balls, Pandey slapped the bowler for a six and then for a boundary. Next ball was a wide. Pandey Out! Pandey mistimed his shot completely and gave a simple catch to Bailey at covers. 18 runs came in the over.

MK Pandey c Bailey b Karanveer Singh 94 (50b)

RN ten Doeschate c Miller b Karanveer Singh 4 (3b)

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Over 16 || Score 161/4

49 runs needed off 30 balls. Patel with his third over. Off the second ball came a boundary from the bat of Shakib. Shakib run out! Shakib played the ball towards on side and went for a risky single, Bailey picked the ball in a flash and hit the stumps directly and Shakib fell well short of his crease. Ryan ten Doeschate is the new man in. Off the last ball came a boundary from the bat of Doescahte. 10 runs came in the over.

Shakib Al Hasan run out 12 (7b)

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Over 15 || Score 151/3

Mitchell Johnson has been brought back into the attack. It can still be any ones game. KKR need 58 runs off 36 balls. Shakib is the new man in after the fall of Pathan's wicket. Five runs came in the first four balls. Next ball was dot. Tight over so far by the Australian. Last ball, Shakib chipped the ball for a boundary towards fine leg. Nine runs came in the over. Meanwhile, KKR crossed the mark of 150 runs.

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Over 14 || Score 142/3

Karanveer with his third over. Pathan Out! Off the third ball, Pathan decided to hit the bowler over mid-on but Maxwell took a well judged catch at deep. In the next ball, Pandey launched the bowler for a six over long on. Next ball was wide down the leg side. Fifth ball, short and asking to be hit. And Pandey clobbered it for a four towards cow corner. 14 runs came from the over.

YK Pathan c Maxwell b Karanveer Singh 36 (22b)

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Over 13 || Score 128/2

Balaji with his last over. Double came from the first ball. Second ball, short, and Pathan pulled it for a six over mid-wicket. Off the next came another double from the bat of Pathan. In the last ball, Balaji bowled a full toss and Pathan gave it the right treatment by hitting it for a six over long on. 18 runs came in the over.

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Over 12 || Score 110/2

Patel to continue. Both the batsmen must be looking for some big hits here. Another tight over by the young spinner as he conceded just three runs in the over.

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Over 11 || Score107/2

Awana is back. First ball, Pandey slapped the bowler for a four towards cover region. Off the second he pulled the bowler for a maximum towards mid-wicket. And with that six Manish Pandey completed his fifty in style. Off the last ball, Pandey celebrated his fifty by hitting a flat six over cow corner. 18 runs came in the over. Meanwhile, KKR crossed the mark of hundred runs.

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Over 10 || Score 89/2

Find of the tournament, Akshar Patel has the ball in hand now. Tight over first up by the left-arm spinner as he conceded mere two runs in it.

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Over 9 || Score 87/2

Karanveer to continue. Pathan launched the bowler for two consecutive sixes over long off in the second and third ball. 14 runs came in the over with the help of two big hits.

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Over 8 || Score 73/2

Balaji to bowl his third over. Off the fourth ball, Pandey smashed the bowler for a boundary towards long on. Six runs have a come so far in the over. Last ball, a dot ball. So a tight over by the medium pacer.

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Over 7 || Score 67/2

Karanveer Singh has been given the ball. Gauti Out! Gambhir came down the track to hit the bowler out of the park but couldn't connect it well and Miller took a simple catch at long on. Yusuf Pathan is the new in. Off the second ball, Pandey smacked the leggie for a six over covers. Eight runs came in the over.

G Gambhir c Miller b Karanveer Singh 23 (17b)

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Over 6 || Score 59/1

Awana to continue. Three singles came in the first three balls. Off the fourth came five runs as four runs came from the over-throw along with a single. Two runs came in the last ball from Pandey's bat. 11 runs came in the over. Meanwhile, KKR crossed the mark of fifty runs.

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Over 5 || Score 47/1

Balaji to continue. First ball, Pandey hit the bowler down the ground for a boundary. Balaji came back strongly after conceding a boundary off the first ball and gave three runs from rest of the over. Seven runs came in the over.

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Over 4 || Score 40/1

Parvinder Awana has been introduced into the attack as a first change bowler. In the third ball, Pandey flicked the ball towards mid-on for a boundary. Off the fifth ball, Pandey collected a double. Awana leaked nine runs in his opening over.

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Over 3 || Score 31/1

Johnson to continue. Can Gauti played a captain's knock here? First ball was a wide. Off the next, Gauti played a perfect shot towards point to get a boundary. Second ball, again wide down the leg side. Johnson is mixing his deliveries well. Off the last ball, Gambhir collected another boundary, this time towards cover region. 12 runs came in the over.

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Over 2 || Score 19/1

Balaji to bowl the second over. First ball, and Gauti welcomed the bowled with a boundary towards cover. Then came a double in the third ball from Gauti's bat. Then three singles followed the double in the last three balls. Nine runs conceded in the over.

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Over 1 || Score

Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa are in the middle to open the innings for KKR, whereas, Mitchell Johnson is set to start the proceeding for KXIP. First ball, Uthappa played a perfect cover drive to get a boundary of the first ball of the innings. Off the next came a single. In the third ball, Gambhir opened his account with a single. Uthappa Out! Uthappa tried to hit the bowler over point region but couldn't clear the point fielder and KKR lost their first wicket in the first over. Manish Pandey is the new man in. And he scored a boundary off the first ball he faced. Ten runs from the over.

RV Uthappa c Patel b Johnson 5 (3b)

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Kings XI Punjab Innings

Over 20 || Score 199/4

Yadav to bowl the final over of the innings. Saha smacked the bowler for two consecutive boundaries off the second and third ball to collect 12 runs from the over. And eventually, KXIP managed to put up mammoth total of 199 runs in front of KKR after being invited to bat. Two Indian youngsters in Saha and Vohra played super knocks to give their bowlers a good total to defend.

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Over 19 || Score 187/4

Narine with his last over. Saha hit a 6, 4, 6 in the third, fourth and fifth ball off the over to collect 17 runs from it. Meanwhile, Saha completed his hundred as well. It's the third hundred of the season and first ton in an IPL final.

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Over 18 || Score 170/4

Chawla to bowl the over. Vohra tried to hit a big hit over long on, got the top edge of his bat and eventually Chawla took an aerial catch after a fumble. Glenn Maxwell is the new man in. Saha is playing a blinder of an innings. Off the second and fourth balls he collected two boundaries. It's looking impossible to stop him. Maxwell Out! Off the last ball, Maxwell tries his favorite shot, switch hit, but couldn't hit the ball over the short third man fielder.

GJ Maxwell c Morkel b Chawla 0 (1b )

M Vohra c & b Chawla 67 (52b)

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Over 17 || Score 159/2

Umesh Yadav to bowl his third over. Saha collected two boundaries off the first and third ball. Then came a wide down the leg side. In the last ball, Saha smashed the bowler straight over his head for a six. 19 runs came from the over.

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Over 16 || Score 140/2

Narine to continue. Saha Dropped! Saha went for a big hit but got the top edge of his bat. Ball went high in the air but Sunil dropped it even after reaching under the ball. The in the next ball, Uthappa missed a stumping chance. Luck is in KXIP's side. Nine runs came from the over.

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Over 15 || Score 131/2

Morkel has been brought back into the attack. In the second ball, Vohra hit a one hand six over point region. In the next he slapped the bowler for a boundary off the next towards the same area. When Saha got the strike, he hit the bowler for a six towards third man. Another good over for KXIP as 20 runs came off it. Meanwhile, Vohra and Saha completed hundred-run partnership for the third wicket.

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Over 14 || Score 111/2

Sunil Narine is back into the attack. Saha clobbered the bowler for a six off the second ball towards mid-wicket. Then the six was followed by two back-to-back boundaries. And with that, Saha completed his fifty in style. Off the last ball, Vohra collected his third boundary of the match to complete his half-century as well. 19 runs came from the over. Narine was all over the place in this over.

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Over 13 || Score 92/2

Shakib with his final over. Five runs came from the first four balls. Single off the next. In the last ball, Vohra collected a boundary by placing the ball towards backward point region. Ten runs came from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 82/2

Chawla to continue. So far KKR have bowled really well. Meanwhile, Saha hit a six off the fourth ball over long off. In the next ball he came down the ground to smack the bowler for another six in the same area. Big over for KXIP as 15 runs came from it.

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Over 11 || Score 67/2

Shakib with his third over. Finally, off the fifth ball, Saha launched the bowler for a six over mid-wicket. But that was the only poor ball in the over. Nine runs came in the over.

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Over 10 || Score 58/2

Leg spinner Chawla to bowl the over. Gautam Gambhir has set a good filed and more importantly their bowlers are bowling accordingly. The leggie is mixing up his deliveries well. Four runs from the over. Both the batsmen are struggling at the moment.

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Over 9 || Score 54/2

Shakib with his second over. Four singles came off the first five balls. Last ball was a dot. So another good over by the Bangladesh international. Spinners are getting some turn from the track.

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Over 8 || Score 50/2

Piyush Chawla is set to bowl his first over. Off the second ball, Vohra slogged the bowler towards mid-wicket region for a four. Then in the fifth, Vohra launched the bowler for a six over long on. 14 runs came from the over. Meanwhile, KXIP crossed the mark of fifty runs.

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Over 7 || Score 36/2

Shakib Al Hasan has also been brought into the attack. So spin attack from both the ends. The left arm spinner bowled a tight first over as he conceded four runs from it.

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Over 6 || Score 32/2

Sunil Narine has been introduced into the attack. Bailey Out! And mystery spinner gave his team a wicket straight away. Bailey tried to work the ball towards on side, exposed his leg stump, missed the line completely and his stumps went for a toss. V Saha is the new man in.

GJ Bailey b Narine 1 (2b)

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Over 5 || Score 30/1

Morkel to continue. Four runs came off the first four balls. Off the last two balls came two more runs. Six runs from the over. So a good start by KKR.

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Over 4 || Score 24/1

Yadav with his second over. Viru Out! Viru tried to smack the bowler out of the park but got the top edge of his bat and Gambhir took a comfortable catch in the end. Skipper George Bailey is the new man in for KXIP. Good over by Umesh as he gave just three runs and provide the breakthrough.

V Sehwag c Gambhir b UT Yadav 7 (10b)

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Over 3 || Score 21/0

Morkel to continue. Off the second ball, Vohra flicked the ball towards mid-wicket for a boundary. It's a good contest between the ball and bat. In the fifth ball, Vohra again placed the ball towards mid-wicket region to collect two runs. Tight over by the South Africa as he conceded mere six runs.

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Over 2 || Score 15/0

Umesh Yadav is sharing the new ball with Morkel. First three balls were right on the money from the speedster. Single came off the next. In the last ball Viru slapped the bowler straight down the ground for his first boundary. Six runs came from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 9/0

Morkel set to bowl the over. Off the first ball, KXIP opened their account with a single. Off the fourth ball came the first boundary of the match, of an edge, from Vohra's bat. Nine runs came from the over.

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Star performer of last match Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra are in the middle to open the innings for KXIP, whereas Morne Morkel has the new ball in hand.

Both the teams are on the ground for the national anthem. What a sight to watch.

Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss decided to bowl first. There is one change in KXIP as L Balaji is in for Sandeep Sharma, whereas, KKR are playing with the same XI.

Before the match South African David Miller stated: "We have played some good cricket throughout the tournament and hopefully in the last match of the season we will stick to our basics to win the all important match."

It's a big day for both the teams. Especially for KXIP, who have reached the final for the very first time in the IPL. But can they hold their nerves tonight against KKR, is yet to be seen?

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Final of the Indian Premier League’s seventh edition is to kick start within a few minutes from now when Kings XI Punjab will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Both the teams are well balanced and have played some outstanding cricket to enter the final of IPL-7.

Kolkata already have one IPL title under their belt, which they won in 2012, whereas Punjab have reached the final of the tournament for the very first time. Quest of both the teams to reach the finals was quite contrasting. If, Punjab got the momentum from initial stage of tournament and managed to remain at the top of the tables almost throughout the season, with the help of their consistent performance, then, Kolkata got their momentum in the second-leg of the tournament.

In Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra and George Bailey, Punjab have a robust batting line-up. On the other hand, Kolkata too have many match-winning batsmen at their disposal. Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir come to open the innings for KKR. And Uthappa is going through a purple patch and is the highest run scorer of this edition. Then they have also have some big hitters in Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan.

When it comes to bowling department, KKR have slight edge over Punjab as they have two in-form new ball bowlers in Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav and handy spinners in Piyush Chawla and Shakib. Though, Punjab too have world-class bowler in Mitchell Johnson but he has not been as lethal as one can expected him to be, while representing Punjab. In the finals role of Sandeep Sharma and all-rounder Akshar Patel will also be crucial for Punjab.

But the trump cards in the match for both the teams would be the mystery spinner Sunil Narine and murderous batsman Glenn Maxwell for their respective sides. And the contest between these two players would be a treat to watch tonight.