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KXI P crowned unconquerable in IPL 7’s UAE leg

The KXIP have at the completion of their UAE leg been unbeaten with five consecutive wins from five matches. KXIP skipper George Bailey has only praise for his team mates both bowlers and batsmen alike saying they have become a compact winning unit. He also added that their first leg of Pepsi IPL 7 held in UAE could not have been any better. Bailey said that initially the batsmen were winning matches while the bowlers were giving away runs but in the last couple of matches the bowlers have had a nice turn around and won matches for the team. Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Sehwag, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Mitchell Johnson, Rishi Dhawan and Sandeep Sharma have been the key players for KXIP.

KXIP beat RCB on Monday, April 28, 2014 at a jam packed Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai by chasing down the unassuming target of 124 that RCB had set for them to procure a win by five wickets and seven balls to spare in match 18 of the Pepsi IPL 7. KXIP have been anointed the new heroes of Pepsi IPL 7 as they are the first to register eight consecutive victories in the Indian Premier League, overall, including last three wins of IPL 6. The team is also placed on top of the points table having accumulated 10 from their five matches. They now have a breather before they resume playing in India.

KXIP won the toss and asked RCB to bat. Chris Gayle, 20 announced his arrival from the word go by striking out taking RCB to 21 in just 1.2 overs before being bowled by a splendid Sandeep Sharma delivery. It was the last flourish for RCB as none of its batsmen anchored to play a long innings. Virat Kohli was unfortunately given out, which he was not, on 4 from another Sandeep Sharma ball. The situation worsened for RCB as Yogesh Takawale left without scoring being caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off Mitchell Johnson in the third over of the RCB innings. Parthiv Patel on 2 became Sandeep Sharma’s third victim leaving RCB at 26 for the loss of four wickets from 3.5 overs.

All hopes were then pinned on Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers who steadied the innings with great shots all over the park for a 41 run stand. Then Rishi Dhawan dismissed de Villiers on 17 at the half way stage. Albie Morkel on 15 culd also not flourish as Lakshmipathy Balaji had him bowled leaving RCB totally lost on 93 for six in the 14th over. Dhawan also scalped the prize wicket of Yuvraj Singh on 35 who looked set for explosion. Mitchell Starc, 8, Varun Aaron, 11 and Ashok Dinda, 2 to take RCB to 124 for the loss of eight wickets at the end of their stipulated 20 overs.

Sandeep Sharma returned spell binding figures of 3-1-15-3 with Johnson giving of 19 runs for 2 wickets and Dhawan scalping 2 wickets for 14. KXIP in their innings though faltered a bit but made their ground in the end. Cheteshwar Pujara, 10, Virender Sehwag, 32, Saha, 2, Glenn Maxwell, 6, Miller, 26, George Bailey 16 and Rishi Dhawan 23 were the contributions from the various KXIP batsmen to chase down the total of 124 set up by RCB for them. replays however showed that Sehwag was also a victim of a controversial decision and was not out. Starc took two magnificent catches one in the sixth over to dismiss Saha and the later to get rid of Maxwell who is in sparkling form and the current orange cap holder. Sandeep Sharma claimed a back to back man of the match award for his superb bowling performance.

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