The win over Kings XI Punjab in the final was the Kolkata Knight Riders' ninth in a row — a remarkable turnaround since their loss to Rajasthan Royals when Pravin Tambe took a fantastic hat-trick on 5 May.
Here are the nine matches they won after that night:
Delhi Daredevils vs KKR, 7 May 2014, Feroz Shah Kotla: After Delhi's batsmen put up a modest 160, KKR's batting line-up chased down the target in 18.2 overs. Gautam Gambhir (69) and Robin Uthappa (47) gave a brilliant start and it was smooth sailing from then on.
KKR vs Kings XI, 11 May 2014, Barabati Stadium: A Virender Sehwag slobber-knocker (72 off 50 balls) was the only positive for the high-scoring Kings XI in this match as the rest of their batting line-up wilted to the magic of Piyush Chawla (3/19) and Morne Morkel (2/20), managing only 149. Uthappa and Gambhir put on a 68-run stand for the first wicket before Manish Pandey came on and did the needful. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.
KKR vs Mumbai Indians, 14 May 2014, Barabati Stadium: Was it good bowling or really bad batting? Rohit Sharma's 51 off 45 balls was the saving grace as MI were bowled out for a paltry 141. Uthappa's cracking 80 off just 52 balls left the rest of the batsmen with very little to do and KKR reached the target in 18.4 overs.
Sunrisers vs KKR, 18 May 2014, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium: With a hat-trick of wins under their belt, a supremely confident KKR did not allow Sunrisers to stitch-up a single meaningful partnership — Yadav (3/26) and Shakib (2/22) saw to that. With just 143 to chase down, KKR made it difficult for themselves, leaving it late — Ryan ten Doeschate having to smash a six and four in the last over to seal the win.
KKR vs CSK, 20 May 2014, Eden Gardens: Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni ensured CSK returned to the dugout with 154 on the board. True to form, Uthappa crushed CSK's bowlers, hitting 67 off 39 balls before Shakib's quickfire 46 (off 21 balls) took KKR to another victory.
KKR vs RCB, 22 May 2014, Eden Gardens: After winning five matches in a row chasing, KKR had to finally defend one. Gambhir may have got out for just four, but that man Uthappa hit 83 off just 51 balls — taking a particular liking to Yuzvendra Chahal. Shakib's late flurry added another 60 runs from just 38 balls as KKR put up a mammoth 195. Chris Gayle hardly troubled the scorers and even though Yogesh Takawale (45) and Virat Kohli (31) played well, the required run-rate was always rising. KKR won by 30 runs — Narine ending up with figures of 4/20.
KKR vs Sunrisers, 24 May, Eden Gardens: Slightly jittery at 55-2 in 7.3 overs and chasing 160, KKR needed Yusuf Pathan to click and he did just that. Actually, he did more than just click — he scored 72 off 22 balls and KKR strolled home in just 14.2 overs.
KKR vs Kings XI, 27 May 2014, Eden Gardens: Uthappa's 42 off 30 balls would prove vital again as KKR's batting produced a below-par 163. Runs came from almost everyone (except Gambhir) but Kings XI's bowlers stifled the boundaries. But Morne Morkel (2/23) and Umesh Yadav (3/13) produced brilliant spells as Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Virender Sehwag scored a collective 16. Even George Bailey's 17-ball 26 couldn't get Kings XI past the finish line.
KKR vs Kings XI, 1 June 2014, M Chinnaswamy Stadium: The final was an excellent match-up between two of the most consistent teams in the IPL. Kings XI, powered on by Wriddhiman Saha (115 off 55 balls) and Manan Vohra (67 off 52 balls) put up 199 on the board. But Manish Pandey's 50-ball 94 and a Yusuf Pathan cameo (36 off 22 balls) took KKR close to the title. They needed Piyush Chawla to show some grit at the death though — and he showed it with a six and a four to take his team to a second title in three years.
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Updated Date: Jun 02, 2014 17:42:11 IST