Kolkata Knight Riders storm into IPL final with win over Kings XI Punjab

Kolkata speedsters Umesh Yadav and Morne Morkel share five wickets between them

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Published: Wed 28 May 2014, 11:37 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 6:21 PM

Kolkata Knight Riders stormed into the final of the Indian Premier League on the back of a convincing 28-run win over Kings XI Punjab, with pacer Umesh Yadav hogging the limelight with a fine display of fast bowling. Defending 164 on a slow surface that remained under cover for three days, KKR speedsters Yadav (3/13) and Morkel (2/23) shared five wickets between them, while Piyush Chawla also bowled smartly to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 135/8 in 20 overs and hand KKR a record eighth victory on the trot.

Sent into bat, KKR had posted 163 for eight, riding on in-form opener Robin Uthappa’s 30-ball 42. In pursuit of a second title, 2012 champions KKR will take on the winners of second qualifier in the summit clash on June 1.

Orange Cap holder Uthappa once again laid the foundation with the help of four boundaries and two sixes in his 10th consecutive 40-plus score, to push KKR’s total in a rain-interrupted match. With KXIP at 17/1 in 3.2 overs, it began to drizzle and they were well behind the Duckworth-Lewis equation of 37 required from five overs. The umpires, though, decided to continue with the proceedings.

Manan Vohra smacked Shakib Al Hasan for two consecutive sixes in the next over to make the equation in KXIP’s favour with the scoreboard reading 39/1 from five overs. But KKR bounced back to dismiss Vohra when Morkel had the opener in the next over to make the D/L equation in the home team’s favour.

Dangerman Glenn Maxwell (6) did not last long and was trapped by Yadav and KXIP were 55 for three in 7.5 overs, 11 runs behind the par score. It was Saha, who looked steady in the middle and kept KXIP in the hunt with some stunning strokes, but Morkel ensured that the wicketkeeper-batsman did not prolong his innings.

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