Wriddhiman Saha Strikes Timely Century to Bail Out Kings XI Punjab in IPL Final

Wriddhiman Saha has been a versatile batsman for Kings XI Punjab. Against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League final, he became a sensation by hitting a 49-ball century, adding 129 runs for the third wicket with Manan Vohra.

updated: June 01, 2014 22:01 IST
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In a team which boasts of power-hitters like Virender Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell, one cricketer rose to the occasion and hit big in a match that mattered the most - IPL 2014 final against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. Bengal cricketer Wriddhiman Saha smashed 115 not out off 55 balls to take charge against the 2012 champions. Saha's innings contained 10 fours and 8 sixes. He was supported well by Manan Vohra who scored 67 off 52 balls. (Scorecard | Match updates)

The 129-run partnership for the third wicket was crucial in lifting Punjab after the Kolkata bowlers had made early inroads. Virender Sehwag and skipper George Bailey failed to make an impact and were dismissed inside six overs. With Punjab on 30/2 in 5.1, overs Saha and Vohra combined to repair the damage and steady the innings. (Also see pics: How Bangalore welcomed KKR and KXIP)

While Punjab managed just 58 in the first 10 overs, their lowest this season, both batsmen kept the bowlers at bay until they reached their respective fifties. Once they went past their half-centuries, they switched gears to propel the innings.

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