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Knight Riders reached the target of 200 with three balls remaining with Manish Pandey’s 94 from 50 balls, which meant they never fell below the asking rate.

Kings XI Punjab 199 for 4 (Saha 115*, Vohra 67) were defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders 200 for 7 (Pandey 94, Karanveer 4-54) with 3 wickets and 3 balls remaining in ipl 2014 final match.

The five standout performances in an intense final between two teams of highly touted cricket players were delivered by Indian players who had never participated in an international Twenty20 format. The match was played in perfect spirit. Manish Pandey’s performance in the final match guaranteeing Kolkata Knight Riders’ winning run of eight games leading up to the championship culminating in their second championship was the defining one. Four of those efforts were for Kings XI Punjab, attempting to win their first IPL crown in seven seasons.

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With an innings driven by an unwavering intensity, Pandey scored 94 off 50 balls, pulling off the most successful chase in Twenty20 final history. He lit up the Chinnaswamy Stadium, with left-arm spinner Axar Patel exhibiting remarkable control to concede 5.25 an over when other bowlers on both sides bled at more than 10. After Manan Vohra amassed a half-century and Wriddhiman Saha scored the first hundred in an IPL final, leading Kings XI to 199, Pandey launched his audacious barrage.

But Pandey did not see the pursuit through. Knight Riders required 21 off 18 balls when he was dismissed from the field, raising his bat to thank the applause at a place he calls home. He was also Karanveer’s fourth wicket. George Bailey the skipper ran out of alternatives and had to hand over the last over to Parwinder Awana, who had leaked 38 in the three overs before. Chawla sliced his third ball, a full toss outside off stump, to the boundary of backward point. 

Knight Riders never fell significantly short of the asking rate, which was 10 per over at the beginning, while pursuing a formidable target. As Pandey faced the following delivery, he saw Robin Uthappa drive the first ball of the innings to the extra-cover boundary and then go down off the fourth. Pandey then took excellent time to smack a short of a length offering from Johnson through midwicket.

Despite failing to nail a six during the Powerplay, Knight Riders managed to score 59. The highlight of Pandey and Gautam Gambhir’s 53-run stand was their dashing between the wickets, which gave Kings XI just eight dot balls in the first six overs, the fewest of the season. Pandey and Gambhir placed numerous drives through the infield. After that, Gambhir had holed out to Karanveer’s first ball off the seventh over.

The sixes flowed with Yusuf Pathan at the crease. He punished L Balaji for a long hop and a full toss over the leg-side boundary, and he carved Karanveer over extra cover and long-off off consecutive deliveries. Between those sixes, Pandey frequently pulled to cut 18 off the 11th over, tearing at Awana’s poor lengths. During this surge, Patel started to bowl and quickly dried up, giving up just five runs in his opening two overs.

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Yusuf skied Karanveer to Maxwell at long-on after he and the third wicket combined for 71 runs in 43 deliveries. In response, Pandey clouted the next ball over the head of the same defender. After Ryan ten Doeschate similarly holed out to long-on, Pandey hit the following ball for six in the same direction, giving Knight Riders 32 to get off 21. The chase only became nerve-wracking for Knight Riders after he collapsed, but Chawla managed to hold it together and block a fierce Kings XI campaign.

The story of the Kings XI innings was told in two remarkably diverse parts, in contrast to the Knight Riders’ chase, which moved ahead at an almost constant pace. The Knight Riders bowlers, both fast and spin, imposed control in the opening half, which was a whirl of flailing arms and aimless bats. George Bailey was promoted to No. 3 for two balls when Sehwag was unable to hold up against Umesh Yadav’s increased pace. Kings XI had made 32 after six overs, their lowest Powerplay total of the year. By the end of the tenth over, they were two down for just 58.

When it appeared as if Kings XI had made a mistake by keeping Glenn Maxwell and David Miller at Nos. 5 and 6, Saha and Vohra pulled off an incredible pace change. Saha took 32 off 13 balls from Chawla then struck 35 off the 18 balls he faced from Narine, largely on the leg side. Vohra’s one-handed cut beyond the third man boundary and Saha’s six to take 20 runs off the 15th over hurt Morkel as well. Vohra reached 50 in 42 balls, but Saha required just 29 and kept going. In 12 overs, they added 129 runs.

The desire to see Maxwell and Miller had subsided by the time Saha lofted Narine to long-on, where the boundary rider parried the ball for six, to bring up his century off 49 balls. This season, the Kings XI’s highest score in three innings versus the Knight Riders was 149. Even though Sehwag and their three overseas players only contributed nine runs, they managed to reach 199 in the end. Kings XI had reached 141 runs in their last ten overs. Soon they were to regret those first ten overs.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) How many titles has KKR won in the IPL?

This was KKR’s second title triumph in the IPL, having won its first title in 2012. 

2) How many times has KXIP appeared in an IPL final?

This was KXIP’s maiden appearance in an IPL final. As of 2024, this is the only time that KXIP has qualified for an IPL final. 

3) What is KKR’s record in IPL finals?

Until now, KKR has played 3 finals, winning twice and finishing runners-up once. 

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