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An off color, hi-flying KXIP falls to KKR’s consistency

In match 34 of Pepsi IPL 2014 KKR Captain Gautam Gambhir again got his team a win against table toppers KXIP who had nothing working for them. Gambhir’s consistent batting gave his team a win in the Barabati stadium in Cuttack that is vital for their bare survuival. KKR did everything correct while KXIP had an off day. KKR’s thumping win over in form KXIP by nine wickets with 12 balls to spare was indeed a message to all teams as to how consistency pays off. Gautam claimed his consecutive man of the match award as he made a sterling unbeaten 63. KKr bowlers Piyush Chawla got three wickets while giving away 19 runs fom his four overs while Sunil Narine got 2 for 20 runs in his 4 overs. KKR bowlers did well to contain the hard hitting and dangerous KXIP batsmen to 149 for eight from their 20 overs.

Upon winning the toss Gambhir put KXIP to bat and Virender Sehwag exhibiting his class got 17 of the first over by Jacques Kallis. Mandeep Singh who partnered Sehwag was out without scoring in the second over off the bowling of Morne Morkel. Then a confident Wriddhiman Saha scored a fluent 15 before being dismissed by Morkel in the sixth over. At 48 for two the stage was set for the most awaited batsman of Pepsi IPL 7 to take over and Glenn Maxwell walked in. Maxwell could not flourish while Sehwag made hay at the other end. Piyush Chawla then claimed the big wicket of Maxwell on 14 in the 11th over and then bowled Sehwag on 72 that came in 50 balls including eleven fours and a maximum.

David Miller went for 13 as Umesh Yadav cleaned him up in the 16th over to leave KXIP on 120 for five. Then Rishi Dhawan left for 4, Mitchell Johnson on 14 and Akshar Patel was run out while George Bailey remained unbeaten on 12. Robin Uthappa and Gambhir started the KKR innings very sensibly always maintaining a run-rate of close to nine per over as a result KKR’s 50 came in the sixth over. Uthappa again fell short of his half-cenrury by 4 as he got out on 46 from 28 balls. Pandey, 36 not out and his captain not only brought up KKR’s 100 in the 12th over but also with their 82 run unbroken stand registered a massive nine-wicket with a full two overs to spare over KXIP.

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