IPL 2014 Match 34: Kolkata flatten Punjab behind Gambhir’s half-century

Gambhir hit seven boundaries during his match-winning knock of 63

Gambhir hit seven boundaries during his match-winning knock of 63

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Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir scored his second consecutive IPL half-century to help his side flatten the Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets in Cuttack.

Gambhir was well supported by opening batsman Robin Uthappa, who made 46, and spinner Piyush Chawla, who took three wickets.

However, Punjab opener Virender Sehwag deserves a lot of credit as well as he smashed an entertaining half-century.

Gambhir would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first as Punjab opener Mandeep Singh was caught behind off the bowling of Morne Morkel for a duck.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha made 14 runs before he was clean bowled by Morkel.

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Morkel at deep square leg off the bowling of Chawla for 14.

Sehwag was the top-scorer for Punjab with 72 runs, which came off 50 balls and included 11 boundaries and a six, before he was cleaned up by Chawla.

Sehwag scored a valiant half-century

Sehwag scored a valiant half-century

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South Africa batsman David Miller only made 13 runs before he had his stumps shattered by Umesh Yadav.

Rishi Dhawan scored four runs before he was clean bowled by Chawla.

Australia pace bowler Mitchell Johnson made a quickfire 14 before he was stumped by Uthappa off the bowling of Sunil Narine.

Akshar Patel was dismissed the very next ball when he was run out by Suryakumar Yadav for one run.

Thanks to Sehwag, Punjab finished on 149/8 off their 20 overs.

Chawla was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Morkel snapped up two and Yadav and Narine chipped in with one.

Chasing 150 to win, Kolkata got off to a brilliant start as Gambhir and Uthappa amassed a 68-run partnership before Uthappa was caught by Patel at deep midwicket off the bowling of Parvinder Awana.

Uthappa’s solid knock of 46 came off 28 balls and included eight boundaries and a six.

Gambhir and Manish Pandey finished things off with an unbeaten 82-run partnership, during which Gambhir brought up his half-century, to lead Kolkata to victory with two overs to spare.

Gambhir ended up scoring 63 off 45 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Pandey remained undefeated on 36 off 35 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Awana was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Gambhir, who was named Man of the Match, was pleased to have won the game, and said: “Robin’s taken a lot of pressure of me since he started opening.¬†On this kind of wicket, a lot of credit goes to Morne Morkel as well. Chawla bowled brilliantly, hopefully he can continue the same way.”

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