On this day in 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders clinched Kings XI Punjab to win second IPL title

Led by Gautam Gambhir, the side managed to pursue a huge goal of 200 in the final against Kings XI Punjab and claim their second IPL title in three years

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On this day in 2014 they clinched their second Indian Premier League title, defeating Kings XI Punjab now known as Punjab Kings in the summit match at MA Chinnaswamy Stadium and becoming the only team to achieve the goal of 200 or more in an IPL -final tracked.

Chasing a mammoth target of 200 runs in T20 cricket is never an easy task. And if the match turns out to be a high-tension endgame, then it will no doubt seem like a Herculean task. But nothing seemed a daunting task for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2014 IPL season. Led by Gautam Gambhir, the side managed to pursue a huge goal of 200 in the final against Kings XI Punjab and claim their second IPL title in three years.
As the Kolkata Knight Riders celebrate their eighth anniversary of their second IPL triumph, it's time to remember the electrifying final against the Punjab Kings.
Kolkata reached the final after going unbeaten in the last eight games. Punjab, on the other hand, defeated Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 to secure their spot in the finals.
Kolkata skipper Gambhir won the toss and opted to bowl first and the decision seemed to pay off as Punjab lost their opening batsman Virender Sehwag (7 runs from 10 balls) in the fourth over of the match.

Later, Manan Vohra and Wriddhiman Saha sewed a solid 129-run, 73-ball partnership to avoid the early scare. Vohra (67 carries on 52 balls) was knocked out in the 18th over of the game but Saha continued his attack.
The wicketkeeper-batter eventually scored a great century to help his side reach a solid 199/4 aggregate in 20 overs. Saha scored 115 runs (not out) from 55 balls in the final. Saha had smashed 10 bounds and 8 sixes in his innings.
For Kolkata, their spinner Piyush Chawla turned out to be his team's highest wicket-taker after winning two wickets.
Kolkata suffered a major blow during their chase when Robin Uthappa (5 runs from 3 ball) was sent back to the dressing room in the first over. But Manish Pandey and Gautam Gambhir (23 balls from 17) put on an important partnership of 53 runs from 33 balls to put their side in a comfortable position.
Punjab spinner Karanveer Singh sacked Gambhir in the seventh over of the match for a crucial breakthrough. Later, Pandey built another important partnership of 71 runs, 44 balls along with Yusuf Pathan (36 runs, 22 balls). Pandey eventually hit 94 runs from 50 balls as Kolkata successfully reached the goal with three balls remaining.
Punjab's Karanveer did concede four wickets in the final but their great effort was in vain as their side were unable to avoid a heartbreaking defeat.