May 28, 2014
The reserve day dawned bright, sunny and dry, setting the stage for what promised to be a full game of T20. Not ideal during exam season.
Who were the favourites? Bollywood had the answer.
I foreesee KXIP beating KKR today. On the solid evidence that in both Dil Se and Kal Ho Na Ho, Shahrukh dies & Preity Zinta survives.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 28, 2014
Stats highlights for the day:
The IPL came a full circle for Gautam Gambhir who fell for 1, pulling Mitchell Johnson to George Bailey at midwicket.
Robin Uthappa was in ominous touch. He pulled Mitchell Johnson for a memorable six and hooked Parvinder Awana nearly all the way beyond the ropes.
The India selectors would have taken note, ahead of their selection meeting later in the day.
Uthappa - coming to a one day venue in England soon... #ipl— Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) May 28, 2014
Inevitably, he ran up his tenth consecutive score of 40.
IPL STAT: Robin Uthappa has now reached 40+ in ten consecutive innings. The previous best by any T20 batsman was six in a row!— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) May 28, 2014
Much in common between Uthappa and me. Thorughout this IPL, both of us have been in our 40s.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 28, 2014
Akshar Patel removed Uthappa and Manish Pandey in one over. Enter, Yusuf Pathan.
Tea,home n Yusuf Pathan batting. That's the combination any one wants on an off day @IPL— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 28, 2014
Johnson welcomed Yusuf with some chin music, but that didn't quite work out.
Yusuf guides Mitch for 4, Mitch gives it some verbals, Yusuf waves his chin at him and says grow that... #ipl— Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) May 28, 2014
KKR progressed edgily as Yusuf survived a couple of close LBW calls.
Nigel Llong has a crush on Yusuf Pathan?— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) May 28, 2014
Shakib Al Hasan fell to spinner Karanveer Singh, and Yusuf threw his wicket away the very next ball.
Yusuf showing all the situational awareness of a zebra wandering into a lions' BBQ party. #IPL— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) May 28, 2014
Punjab were on top as the rain began to come down. But KKR hit back on resumption, with Suryakumar Yadav and Ryan ten Doeschate getting the commentary box excited with their big hitting.
Wickets tumbling in the end overs. The slog is on. Who do you call? Baby face.
Chawla threw his bat around efficiently to haul KKR to 163. Shah Rukh Khan made an appearance at the Eden Gardens, which may have upset the odds a bit.
The rain made an appearance as Punjab's chase got underway. Virender Sehwag got out early, before D/L calculators were fished out. Wridhiman Saha and Manan Vohra went after the spinners to stay ahead of the par score. Vohra perished at a crucial moment in the sixth over.
It's raining, and Manan Vohra holes out. This could go down to D/L. KXIP 46 for 2. Par-score 48 for 2... Or 43 for 1. http://t.co/sL9Stw2oik— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 28, 2014
If the rain abandons play now, Vohra's a nutcase. If not, then he was right to go after Morne. #IPL— HoldingWilley (@holdingwilley) May 28, 2014
Glenn Maxwell perished cheaply again, this time to Umesh Yadav.
These days Maxwell seems to be slightly weak against leg-spin, short balls, and medium pace.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 28, 2014
KKR kept picking up wickets. Piyush Chawla bowled David Miller with a big legbreak to spark wild celebrations on the field.
Punjab didn't stand a chance in the end game against KKR's efficient death bowlers, and they gradually subsided towards defeat.
A couple of sixes in the 18th over from Shakib sparked some excitement.
Can Bailey & Johnson do a Smith & Faulkner?— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) May 28, 2014
Not a chance. Not against Sunil Narine. Kolkata go into the final. Punjab will have another chance to get there.
KKR got the Punjob done.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) May 28, 2014
They won only 2 off their first 7 matches, their captain scored 3 Ducks on the trot. Who thought KKR would be 1st team to reach Final? #IPL7— Mazher Arshad (@cricket_U) May 28, 2014
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