Qualifier 2 IPL 2014 – Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
Date – Friday, May 30, 2014
Time – 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Venue – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Toss – Chennai Super Kings elected to field
Result – Kings XI Punjab won by 24 runs
Man of the match – Virender Sehwag
It was the scintillating batting of Virender Sehwag which powered Kings XI Punjab to the final of IPL as they defeated Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs. Now King XI Punjab will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final to be played on June 1, 2014.
Chasing 227 to win, Chennai Super Kings lost Faf du Plessis on the second ball of the innings when the team score was just 1. Suresh Raina and Dwayne Smith then set the ball rolling as Raina hammered KXIP bowlers to all corners of the ground. Suresh Raina played a stunning innings of 87 in 25 balls and it looked that he will take the match away from Punjab. The spectacular Raina innings came to an end in the form of a run out which brought the much needed respite for Punjab. With this wicket, Punjab bounced back into the game and tightened their grip on the match. Though Ravindra Jadeja got a start but Awana’s double blow in the1 13th over ended CSK hopes. MS Dhoni was the only hope for Chennai but the run rate was way over his control. Chennai Super Kings gave them a good reply and eventually managed to score 202/7 and thus lost the match by 24 runs. With this defeat, Chennai are now out of IPL 2014.
Earlier Chennai Super Kings won the toss and invited Kings XI Punjab to bat first. Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra gave KXIP a dream start as the duo added 110 runs in 10.4 overs for the first wicket stand. Pandey got the first breakthrough for Chennai as he got the wicket of Vohra (34 off 31 balls). Sehwag was at his devastating best today as he scored his half century in 21 balls. Though Maxwell failed yet again today but it was Sehwag who continued his scintillating batting from the other end. Watching him play was a pure delight for all Kings XI Punjab fans as he smashed every bowler out of the ground. Sehwag completed his century, his second in IPL but still there was no stopping. Eventually Sehwag got out for 122 but a cameo from David Miller ( 38 off 19balls) helped KXIP post a huge total of 226/6 in 20 overs.