Qualifier 1 - the first of the four Playoff matches of Pepsi IPL 2014 will see the teams who finished in the top two positions in the standings clash for a direct passage to the tournament final.
Kings XI Punjab, who’ve had their best-ever season in the IPL registering 11 wins, finished the league season atop the eight-team standings. They’ve been ruthless right through the season and have steamrolled opponents mercilessly. They are pitted against the Kolkata Knight Riders, who are one of two teams to have defeated them this season.
At one stage, the Kolkata Knight Riders had just two wins from half their season’s league fixtures and faced an uphill task to qualify for the Playoffs. However, the team has turned the tables in stunning fashion, winning their remaining seven matches on the bounce and barging into the Playoffs. In their most recent outing, riding on a Yusuf Pathan blitz, they decimated Sunrisers Hyderabad and displaced Chennai Super Kings from second place in the points table.
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We are very much into dream like the way last two matches have gone. KKR and MI qualify for the play-offs in dramatic style. Mumbai Indians wins and that too with the bigger margin has created doubts in everybody minds about which team is more stronger then other qualifiers.
Both Kings XI and KKR are good teams and the way KKR qualify for the second spot in the table, one can easily say that this team is difficult to beat at their home turf. Whoever wins the game will qualify for the finals whereas looser will get another chance. So both teams are bit of comfortable positions with very little pressure.
Though KKR bowlers has done a good job as compare to their batsmen in the first half, their batsmen proven themselves in the later half here they are. As far Kings XI Punjab is concern, they have played good cricket from the beginning of the tournament regardless of team shuffling. So we have found Kings XI are much more consistent and that's the reason, we are supporting Kings XI in this match.
RESULT 1st Qualifier: Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, May 28, 2014
Kolkata Knight Riders47%
Kings XI Punjab53%
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