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Published on: May 11, 2014
IPL 7 34th match KXIP vs KKR:Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Live scores, 11 May, 2014
Match Teams:Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Match Venue: Played at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Event : IPL T20 2014
Match Time:10:30 local time (10:30 GMT) (4:00 PM IST)
Toss:Kolkata Knight Riders, who chose to bowl first
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Virender Sehwag's year in domestic cricket hasn't been too different from Yuvraj Singh's - both have been reduced to a shadow of what they once were. However, Sehwag is still managing to make a difference to Kings XI. He is third behind Maxwell and David Miller in the list of top run-scorers for the team despite a highest of 37. In six games out of eight, he has set the stage up for an onslaught, without appearing overtly-aggressive or mindlessly cowed. A Sehwag sticking to his supporting role seamlessly has worked wonders for Kings XI.
The Knight Riders openers were critical in them reaching 160 in their last two matches, a welcome change from their inconsistent run this season. Quietly, Uthappa has crept up the batting charts - he is the top run-getter in the tournament among the Indian batsmen. Gambhir, after a horror start, is also back in form with two consecutive fifties. The two will need to fire again if Knight Riders are to challenge the intimidating Kings XI batting.
There has been only one blot in Kings XI batting's otherwise almost faultless run this season. Maxwell was bowled for 15 off 12, Miller could only manage 14 and Sehwag was the top-scorer in a total of 132 for 9 with just 37 when they met Knight Riders earlier in Abu Dhabi. They tripped up against the spin duo of Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla, who shared three wickets apiece. But their seamers dished out an even rougher treatment to Knight Riders' batsmen, trampling them for 109 all out.
Although they are faced with a daunting task, Knight Riders can take solace in a few facts. Firstly, their bowling has been the only one which has tasted success against Kings XI batting this year. Secondly, they have a settled top order that has, for now, mitigated some of their batting problems. Both Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have been among runs in the team's last two outings and now the team just needs their middle order to wake up. Thirdly, a loss to Kings XI may not hurt their chances much - everyone's losing to them - but a win could be a huge bonus. Lastly, it's a chance to get used to the conditions in Cuttack as their next match, against Mumbai Indians, has been rescheduled to the venue.
Kolkata Knight Riders are the most economical team when it comes to the last five overs. They give away 8.30 runs per over at the death
Virender Sehwag has hit as many fours as David Miller - 23. But when it comes to sixes, Miller has 11 more than Sehwag's five.
With 11, Gautam Gambhir has most run-out dismissals among IPL batsmen