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Chinks in Kings armour

The stage was set on Tuesday for a riveting play-off clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. After heavy rains forced the match to be postponed to Wednesday, fans waited with baited breaths to witness one of the most anticipated contests of the ongoing edition.

Although intermittent showers interrupted the match on several occasions, they did not curtail the number of overs to be bowled. Batting first, the home team, Kolkata Knight Riders posted a competitive 163/8 on a slow pitch, which was kept under the covers for more than two days.

Bailey’s men began their chase on a sorry note, losing the wicket of opener Virender Sehwag off the first ball of the second over bowled by Umesh Yadav. Punjab could not recover from this early jolt, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The big guns Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and George Bailey failed to fire when they were expected to wade out their team out of murky waters.

The result? The mighty Kings XI Punjab faltered in their chase and surrendered to the clinical bowling performance of Kolkata Knight Riders, who cruised into the finals with a convincing win. Thankfully for the Punjab franchise, they still have one more chance to redeem themselves and find a spot in the finals along side Kolkata. Punjab have the herculean task of edging past a dominant Chennai Super Kings side which is riding high with confidence after Wednesday night’s comprehensive victory against the Mumbai Indians.


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