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Good batting of Gautam Gambhir and Utthappa kept Kolkata Knight Riders alive in IPL 2014.

The article speaks about the beautiful innings of Gautam Gambhir which steered Kolkata Knight Riders to victory after Kings Eleven Punjab scored a decent total of 149 runs on 11th May, 2014.

On 11th May, 2014, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings Eleven Punjab by 9 wickets. The match was played in Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.

 

Kings Eleven Punjab scored 149 runs in 20 overs. After a long time their batting failed. Virender Sehwag scored 72 runs of 50 balls with 11 fours and a six. But the rest of the batsmen did not make great impression. It was good that Sehwag scored well.

He can still impress the Indian selectors to get into India’s one day team.

 

The two big guns of Kings Eleven Punjab failed on 11th May. Glenn Maxwell scored 14 runs of 14 balls. While Miller scored 13 runs of 14 balls. The bowlers of Kolkata Knight Riders did a great job. Morkel gave 20 runs in 4 overs and took 2 wickets. Piyush Chawla was the peak of the bowlers getting 3 wickets for only 19 runs in 4 overs. Sunil Narine also took one wicket. The spinning combination stopped the batting flow of Kings Eleven Punjab.

 

In reply Robin Utthappa played a hurricane innings and created pressure on the bowlers of Kings Eleven Punjab. He scored 46 runs of 28 balls with 8 fours and a six. Gautam Gambhir played one of his best innings in IPL 2014. He remained not out on 63 runs in 45 balls with 7 fours. Manish Pandey gave him able support scoring 36 runs of 35 balls with 3 fours. He remained unbeaten at the end. The beauty of the innings of Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey was that they did not take great risks and played orthodox shots. Gambhir of course gave a catch to Bailey and few run out opportunities to Maxwell which they missed. But if he would gone out after scoring half-century then also Kolkata Knight Riders would have won the match. Gambhir is also on his way to impress the Indian selectors to make a comeback to Indian one day team.

 

The other good news for Kolkata Knight Riders is that from now on they are going to play their matches in their home ground in Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The big spinners like Sunil Narine, Shakib and Piyush Chawla are destined to do well in the home conditions. But Kolkata Knight Riders are required to win at least 4 of the 5 matches they are about to play. Otherwise they will not make it to the semi-finals. Kings Eleven Punjab should win at least 2 of the rest 5 matches to be in the semi-finals.


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Gautam Gambhir, Utthappa and Kallis should maintain the consistency if Kolkata Knight Riders are to reach the semi-finals.

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