Separatists on Tuesday used the lowest-ever poll percentage of 7.14 in the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-polls to claim “a victory of their stand” in Jammu and Kashmir.In a joint statement, separatists leaders — Hurriyat chairmen Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohamad Yasin Malik — hailed people “for complete and unprecedented poll boycott” on April 9.“People’s verdict is loud and clear. It showed commitment to achieving their fundamental political right. It is a victory and the deferment of polls vindicates that State rulers and pro-Indian parties have virtually accepted defeat,” said the joint statement. They said the Government of India’s own index of treating elections as a gauge of people’s faith in Indian democracy “stands completely exposed”. They urged people to boycott re-polling on April 13, too.“Election boycott is a significant part of our movement and people will boycott these elections,” said a Hurriyat spokesman. He said elections to Parliament, Assembly, Panchayats or municipalities, “will not serve any purpose”.The Hurriyat said it is ridiculous to blame Pakistan. “Neither an encounter occurred nor any militant from Pakistan was there. However, the Forces killed eight unarmed and innocent youth and injured over 150,” he said.Separatists are planning joint Friday prayers in Budgam, which witnessed widespread violence during the polls and saw the death of eight civilians.
Punjab won the toss and elected to field against KolkataWelcome to the coverage of the Indian Premier League 2014, Qualifier 1 between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders from the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata.Full IPL Coverage | Scorecard Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs at the Eden Gardens stadium. Kolkata win! They are through to the final. Great joy in the Kolkata camp. In front of their home crowd at the Eden too. The fans are dancing in the isles as one famous commie used to say. I guess, you already know how the final delivery panned out. Yadav has beaten Johnson with all sorts of deliveries this over, this one was the slower delivery, Johnson made room to work it to leg, missed and the ball looped on the bounce to the keeper. Once the over was called, the celebrations began in the Kolkata camp. So in a crunch game, Punjab fall short – this is the first time they have lost chasing this year; they had won 6 in a row chasing before today. They would happily swap one of those for today’s win. But that’s cricket and credit to Kolkata for strangling the Punjab power-hitters with great usage of their resources. The first 6-7 overs were all about handling the rain and other variables as one thought we could get a rain-shortened game. The D/L sheets were out in full force as the players kept checking it up regularly. Once the 5-over mark was completed, we had a game. Maxwell and Vohra – were big wickets and once they were snared, the spinners came into their own to derail the chase. Shakib in his three overs was the most difficult to get away as he hardly gave any pace on the ball. Chawla picked up wickets and his delivery to get rid of Miller was an absolute belter. The asking rate kept mounting and there was no way Punjab were winning as Narine’s two overs at the end finished off the job.advertisementWith George Bailey(3) and Rishi Dhawan(1) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 88/6 after 14 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Rishi Dhawan comes to the crease for Punjab.13.3 overs: OUT!! Akshar Patel has been run-out by Piyush Chawla. George Bailey flicks it towards short fine leg and sets off for a quick single while Chawla gathers it quickly fires it back towards the wicket-keeper to catch him short at the crease. Akshar Patel departs after scoring two runs off two balls. Punjab IN TATTERS here!! With George Bailey(3) and Akshar Patel(1) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 86/5 after 13 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!George Bailey comes to the crease for Punjab.12.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Piyush Chawla has bowled David Miller on a deceiving leg break. Miller goes on the backfoot looking to cut but the ball nips back in sharply to rattle the stumps. David Milleer departs after scoring eight runs off 12 balls. Punjab in a SPOT OF BOTHER now!! With David Miller(6) and Akshar Patel(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 80/4 after 12 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Akshar Patel comes to the crease for Punjab.Morne Morkel gets his THIRD WICKET!!11.6 overs: OUT!! Morne Morkel has got Wriddhiman Saha out caught at mid-off. Saha drives on the up and sends it straight into the hands of Umesh Yadav for a simple catch. Wriddhiman Saha departs after scoring 35 runs off 31 balls with two boundaries and two sixes. With David Miller(4) and Wriddhiman Saha(34) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 77/3 after 11 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!10.3 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha bends down and smacks it deep into the stands over midwicket for the maximum. That was MUSCLED by Saha!! 9.1 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha picks it from outside off and smacks it towards deep midwicket for a boundary. Punjab NEED MORE OF THOSE now!! With David Miller(1) and Wriddhiman Saha(20) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 60/3 after nine overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!Piyush Chawla comes into the attack for Kolkata Knight Riders. With David Miller(0) and Wriddhiman Saha(17) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 55/3 after eight overs.Duckworth Lewis is messing their heads ! Not fair man… 🙁 #KXIPvsKKR #KKRvsKXIP #PepsiIPL Roop Bhinder (@RoopBhinderr) May 28, 2014TWO RUNS off the over!!David Miller comes to the crease for Punjab.Eden Gardens COMES TO LIFE!!7.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Umesh Yadav has got Glenn Maxwell out lbw on a good length delivery. Maxwell shuffles across looking to work it towards fine leg but misses it as the ball hits the pad in front of the stumps. Glenn Maxwell departs after scoring just six runs off nine balls with a boundary. BIG WICKET for Kolkata!! advertisementWith Glenn Maxwell(6) and Wriddhiman Saha(16) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 46/2 after six overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!6.3 overs: FOUR!! Glenn Maxwell gets down on his knee and sweeps it towards fine leg for a boundary. With Glenn Maxwell(0) and Wriddhiman Saha(15) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 46/2 after six overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!Glenn Maxwell comes to the crease for Punjab.Morne Morkel is PUMPED UP here!!5.5 overs: OUT!! Morne Morkel has got Manan Vohra out caught at mid-on. Vohra was looking to go over the in-field but spoons it straight into the hands of Umesh Yadav for a simple catch. Manan Vohra departs after scoring 26 runs off 19 balls with three sixes. BIG BLOW for Punjab!!5.2 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra presses forward and bludgeons it over long-on for the maximum. Vohra is RUNNING AWAY with this one!! With Manan Vohra(20) and Wriddhiman Saha(15) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 39/1 after five overs.FIFTEEN RUNS off the over!!4.2 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra gets a big stride forward and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. Vohra TURNS IT ON for Punjab!!4.1 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra picks the length early and slogs it over deep midwicket for the maximum. MIGHTY HIT from Vohra!!Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack for Kolkata. With Manan Vohra(6) and Wriddhiman Saha(14) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 24/1 after four overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!3.6 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha bends down and flays the sweep towards square leg for a boundary. Extremely clever by Gambhir. Trying to finish 5 overs ASAP. #PepsiIPL #KXIPvsKKR Chirag Bhaiya (@chiragbhaiya) May 28, 2014First sign of spin, Sunil Narine comes into the attack for Kolkata. It’s Narine vs Vohra here!!The DRAMA ENSUES as rain returns at Eden Gardens. The covers were coming on but the umpires have asked them to be taken away. With Manan Vohra(4) and Wriddhiman Saha(9) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 17/1 after three overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!2.6 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha swivels across and flicks it over long leg for the maximum. That was EFFORTLESS from Saha!! With Manan Vohra(3) and Wriddhiman Saha(1) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 8/1 after two overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Wriddhiman Saha comes to the crease for Punjab.1.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Umesh Yadav has got Virender Sehwag out caught at cover. Sehwag was looking to clear the in-field but sends it straight into the hands of Shakib Al Hasan who takes it with both hands. Virender Sehwag departs after scoring two runs off three balls. EARLY BLOW for Punjab!!Umesh Yadav will bowl from the other end for Kolkata.advertisementFIVE RUNS off the over!! Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra are out in the middle for Kings XI Punjab while Morne Morkel will start the proceedings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata Knight Riders scored 163 runs at the loss of eight wickets after batting first against Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens stadium.@lionsdenkxip Akshar Patel has bowled the most economical spell for 4 overs 11/2 in this IPL, that to in #Qualifier1 #KXIPvsKKR ?? Ch@ndU ?? (@stylishayaan) May 28, 2014That’s the END OF INNINGS for Kolkata!! 19.6 overs: FOUR!! Piyush Chawla swivels across and scoops it towards fine leg for a boundary. Chawla FINISHES IT OFF in style!!19.5 overs: OUT!! Sunil Narine has been run-out by Mitchell Johnson. Piyush Chawla drills it back towards the bowler who deflects it towards midwicket as the batsmen complete the single…but there’s an overthrow and the batsmen try to seize the opportunity for a quick single as Johnson sprints across and fires in a direct hit to catch Narine short at the crease. Sunil Narine departs without facing a ball. 19.2 overs: FOUR!! Piyush Chawla rocks back and pulls it fine for another boundary. Awana is LEAKING RUNS here!!19.1 overs: FOUR!! Piyush Chawla takes it on the full and whips it towards fine leg for a boundary. POOR LINE from Awana!!Parvinder Awana will bowl the FINAL OVER for Punjab!!With Piyush Chawla(2) and Sunil Narine(0) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 148/7 after 19 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Sunil Narine is the new man in for Kolkata.18.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Mitchell Johnson has got Ryan ten Doeschate out caught at deep midwicket. Tendo was looking for the big flick over the fielder but sends it straight down the throat of Manan Vohra who takes it comfortably. Ryan ten Doeschate departs after scoring 17 runs off 10 balls with two sixes. BIG BLOW for Kolkata!! With Piyush Chawla(0) and Ryan ten Doeschate(16) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 145/6 after 18 overs.SEVENTEEN RUNS off the over!!Piyush Chawla comes to the crease for Kolkata.17.6 overs: OUT!! Karanveer Singh has bowled Suryakumar Yadav on a quicker delivery. Yadav swivels across looking to sweep but misses it as the ball makes a mess of the stumps. Suryakumar Yadav departs after scoring 20 runs off 14 balls with three boundaries and a six.17.5 overs: FOUR!! Suryakumar Yadav gets down and flays the sweep towards deep midwicket for a boundary. 17.2 overs: SIX!! Ryan ten Doeschate bends down and slams it over long-on for another maximum. Tendo is ON FIRE here!!17.1 overs: SIX!! Ryan ten Doeschate stands tall and smacks it over long-on for the maximum. With Suryakumar Yadav(16) and Ryan ten Doeschate(0) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 128/5 after 17 overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!! 16.2 overs: FOUR!! Suryakumar Yadav makes room and mauls it straight down the ground for a boundary. Yadav is TURNING IT ON for Kolkata!!16.1 overs: SIX!! Suryakumar Yadav rocks back and hammers it over deep square leg for the maximum. CRUCIAL RUNS for Kolkata!! With Suryakumar Yadav(5) and Ryan ten Doeschate(0) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 114/5 after 16 overs.GOOD NEWS: The rain has stopped at the Eden Gardens and the covers are coming off. The players and the umpires are back on the field. And, we’re good to go!! BAD NEWS: It has started RAINING at the Eden Gardens. The covers are out and the players are walking off the field. It seems like a PASSING SHOWER, lets hope doesn’t stay for long. STAY TUNED for more updates!! With Suryakumar Yadav(4) and Ryan ten Doeschate(0) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 112/5 after 15 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!Suryakumar Yadav comes to the crease for Kolkata.14.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Yusuf Pathan out caught at long-on. Pathan was looking to heave it over long-on but finds David Miller instead. Yusuf Pathan departs after scoring 20 runs off 18 balls with two boundaries and a six. BIG BLOW for Kolkata!!Ryan ten Doeschate comes to the crease for Kolkata Knight Riders.14.2 overs: OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Shakib Al Hasan out caught at long-off. Shakib was looking to slog across the line but mistimes it straight down the throat of David Miller who deosn’t drop those. Shakib Al Hasan departs after scoring 18 runs off 16 balls with two boundaries.14.1 overs: FOUR!! Shakib Al Hasan makes room and smacks it back over the bowler for a boundary. With Shakib Al Hasan(14) and Yusuf Pathan(20) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 104/3 after 14 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!111 SIXES for Yusuf Pathan in all IPL.!!! #KXIPvsKKR #PepsiIPL ZEE (@ZeeSharapova) May 28, 201413.3 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan makes room and smashes it over long-off for the maximum. Pathan KEEPS THEM COMING for Kolkata!! With Shakib Al Hasan(13) and Yusuf Pathan(13) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 96/3 after 13 overs. SIX RUNS off the over!! 12.2 overs: FOUR!! Shakib Al Hasan shimmies down the track and drills it through extra cover for a boundary. Shakib is BREAKING THE SHACKLES here!! With Shakib Al Hasan(8) and Yusuf Pathan(13) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 90/3 after 12 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!! 11.4 overs: FOUR!! Yusuf Pathan was looking to heave it ovr covers but gets an outside edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. Pathan was REALLY LUCKY there!! With Shakib Al Hasan(6) and Yusuf Pathan(6) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 81/3 after 11 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!10.5 overs: FOUR!! Yusuf Pathan goes on the backfoot and mauls it over backward point for a boundary. Pathan WON’T MISS OUT on those!! With Shakib Al Hasan(3) and Yusuf Pathan(2) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 73/3 after 10 overs.Nice to see the young guns fire for KXIP…Mandy,Sandy,Manan,Shivam n Akshar now…you deserve kudos @lionsdenkxip #PepsiIPL #KXIPvsKKR Varsha Rao (@Varsha_7) May 28, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Patel!!Shakib Al Hasan comes to the crease for Kolkata Knight Riders.8.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Akshar Patel has bowled Manish Pandey on a flighted delivery. Pandey goes across looking to sweep but misses it as the ball loops onto the stumps. Manish Pandey departs after scoring 21 runs off 20 balls with three boundaries. DOUBLE WHAMMY for Kolkata!!Yusuf Pathan comes to the crease for Kolkata.8.2 overs: OUT!! Akshar Patel has got Robin Uthappa out caught at long-off. Uthappa was looking to clear the fielder but holes out to David Miller under the fence. Robin Uthappa departs after scoring 42 runs off 30 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. BIG BLOW for Kolkata!! With Robin Uthappa(42) and Manish Pandey(21) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 67/1 after eight overs.@robbieuthappa u little beauty marching towards the 10th consecutive 40+ in this tournament. Mr.consistency @SonySIX #ipl2014 #KXIPvsKKR Thirumavalavan (@thirungjt) May 28, 2014NINE RUNS off the over!!7.4 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey gets forward and hoicks it over extra cover for a boundary. Karanveer Singh comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Robin Uthappa(39) and Manish Pandey(15) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 58/1 after seven overs.Akshar Patel’s bowling stats in #IPL7 341 runs 324 balls 133 dots 134 singles 18 doubles 1 three 30 fours 8 sixes #KXIPvsKKR #ipl2014 Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) May 28, 2014THREE RUNS off the over!!Akshar Patel comes back into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Robin Uthappa(37) and Manish Pandey(14) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 55/1 after six overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!5.4 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey picks the slower delivery and thrashes it straight down the ground for a boundary. Pandey GETS INTO THE ACT now!! Robin Uthappa for @KKRiders is what Virat Kohli is to India. He’s unstoppable ATM #KXIPvsKKR Nick (@cricket_fan77) May 28, 20145.1 overs SIX!! Robin Uthappa stands tall and mauls it straight into the sightscreen for the maximum. Uthappa WELCOMES Dhawan in style!!Rishi Dhawan comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Robin Uthappa(29) and Manish Pandey(9) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 42/1 after five overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!! 4.4 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa hangs back and pummels the pull towards deep midwicket for a boundary. 4.2 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa skips down the track and heaves it over covers for a boundary. Uthappa is LOOKING SOLID for Kolkata!! With Robin Uthappa(19) and Manish Pandey(8) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 31/1 after four overs.SEVENTEEN RUNS off the over!!3.4 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa drives on the up and sends it back past the bowleer for a boundary. That was REALLY CLOSE!!3.3 overs: SIX!! Robin Uthappa rocks back and clouts the pull over square leg for the maximum. MEATY BLOW from Uthappa!! 3.1 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey leans forward and drives it on the up past mid-off for a boundary. Bailey’s DIVE GOES IN VAIN!! With Robin Uthappa(8) and Manish Pandey(3) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 14/1 after three overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!2.6 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa swivels across and clips it past short fine leg for the first boundary in the innings. POOR LINE from Patel!! First sign of spin, Akshar Patel comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. What a catch !! #Bailey – the super hero #KKRvsKXIP #ipl2014 #IPL #KXIPvsKKR And #Gambhir – One more flop show ;)Bhagyashree Parida (@bhagyashree986) May 28, 2014With Robin Uthappa(2) and Manish Pandey(2) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 5/1 after two overs.BRILLIANT OVER by Mitch, a big wicket and just three runs off the over!!Manish Pandey is the new man in for Kolkata Knight Riders.1.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Mitchell Johnson has got Gautam Gambhir out caught at mid-on. Gambhir goes for the pull but sends it straight down the throat of George Bailey who leaps in the air to grab that one. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring just one run off three balls. EARLY BLOW for Kolkata!! Mitchell Johnson will bowl from the other end for Kings XI Punjab.KXIP think tank has gone mad.. Sandeep Sharma is leading wicket taker for them but he is not playing in this match. #KXIPvsKKR #IPL Suresh K Bijarniya (@S_K_Bijarniya) May 28, 2014TIDY START from Awana, two runs off the over!! Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa are out in the middle for Kolkata Knight Riders while Parvinder Awana will start the proceedings for Kings XI Punjab.TEAM NEWS: Kolkata have Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine and Ryan ten Doeschate as the overseas players in their Playing XI. On the other hand, Punjab will play David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey and Mitchell Johnson as the overseas players in their Playing XI today. Toss: Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders. What’s At Stake:Both Kolkata and Punjab will be eager to secure their IPL 7 finals berth with a clinical win today. However, the losing team will have another shot to make the finals cut in the Eliminator match against the winner of Qualifier 2 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.Statistics:Sunil Narine has picked up 20 or more wickets in three consecutive editions of the IPL. He picked up 24 wickets in 2012, 22 wickets in 2013 and 20 so far in 2014. Lasith Malinga is the only other bowler to have achieved this feat in 2011 (28 wickets), 2012 (22 wickets) and 2013 (20 wickets).This will be the 100th T20 game for Manish Pandey.Morne Morkel needs one more wicket to get to 150 wickets in T20s.Robin Uthappa is the only player in the history of T20 cricket to score 40+ runs in nine consecutive matches.Quotes:”There is always that fear of getting hit for long sixes, but I mainly try to stick to my strength of bowling the arm-ball and the quicker one. I don’t look to spin the ball or try different variations; I only concentrate on bowling a good arm-ball,” Kings XI Punjab spinner Akshar Patel, on his bowling.”We are going to have to be on our A game. They are a good team, a very good batting team and they could easily turn the game around, so we have to stay focused and concentrate on what we are doing,” Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach Trevor Bayliss said ahead of his side’s clash with Punjab.Kings XI Punjab:Punjab, on the other hand, have been the team to beat for oppositions. Their sheer aggression with the bat has intimidated many bowlers and it will be a big test for Gambhir and his men come Tuesday. The fact that Manan Vohra is firing all guns at the top of the order, alongside Virender Sehwag, adds to the opposition captain’s woes.If one thought those two were a destructive combination, there is more to come in the form of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller. It is quite clear that the bowlers and the fielders will have to be on their toes to stop the best batting line-up of this IPL.Punjab’s Indian talent has not disappointed the team management in the bowling department. Akshar Patel has been very impressive and even when skipper George Bailey asks him to bowl in pressure situations, Patel has shown maturity and has delivered quality goods. The fact that he has not missed a single game this year tells more about the trust the captain has in him.Sandeep Sharma lost his touch in the last few games but he has troubled many a batsman with his sharp swinging deliveries. He also tops the side’s bowling charts with 17 wickets.Kolkata Knight Riders:Gautam Gambhir’s men are on a roll with seven consecutive wins under their belt, including a stunning display against Hyderabad, which helped them pip Chennai and grab the second stop in the table. The fact that the Qualifier 1 was shifted out of Chennai has now given them an added advantage – they will be playing in familiar conditions and in front of an boisterous Kolkata crowd.Robin Uthappa has grabbed eyeballs whenever Kolkata have taken the field of late. With nine consecutive 40+ scores, Uthappa is in fine form and is looking good for more. Deservingly, he is also the leading run-getter in this year’s competition. The way he has scored these runs has forced many to be glued to their seats when he is batting in the middle.Though the skipper has not made many runs in his last few games, he has had no problems in timing the ball. Shakib Al Hasan too has done well in the competition and plays a vital role with both bat and ball. Yusuf Pathan’s stunning innings against Hyderabad not only silenced his critics but also helped Kolkata grab the crucial second place on the table, which now gives them an extra opportunity to make it to the final.If you have Sunil Narine in your ranks you are normally considered to have a fine bowling line-up and the Kolkata attack is no different. He is also the leading wicket-taker in the tournament and is the trump card for Gambhir in crunch situations. The rest of the bowlers too have formed good partnerships with Narine to constitute a formidable bowling attack.Key player to watch in today’s crucial tie:Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.Sunil Narine: The mystery spinner from West Indies, Sunil Narine, was been one of the most influential players for the KKR during their victorious IPL campaign in 2012. Narine was also the highest wicket-taker for KKR with 22 wickets in 16 matches last season. His exemplary performances also helped him in bagging the Player of the Tournament award in 2012. His ability to bowl tidy overs in pressure situations gives an edge to KKR’s bowling department.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Gautam Gambhir: Indian opening batsman, Gautam Gambhir, was one of the most consistent performers for KKR last season. The skipper, while leading from the front, helped Kolkata to it’s first-ever IPL title victory in 2012. The left-hander was also the highest run-scorer with 406 runs in 16 matches last season. Apart from being a devastating batsman, Gambhir is an active and responsible skipper on field.Robin Uthappa: The 27-year-old explosive batsman was the top run-scorer for now-defunct Sahara Pune Warriors with 405 runs in 16 matches in 2012. He is an outstanding fielder, a reliable wicketkeeper and can even bowl slow medium pace. Following the termination of Pune Warriors in 2013, Uthappa was bought for a whopping Rs 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL auctions this year. His availability in the team will provide the much-needed balance at the top-order for Kolkata.Teams(from):Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey(c), Mitchell Johnson, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gurkeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul ThakurKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla, Kuldeep Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sayan Mondal, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das