Patel - selected in the Indian ODI squad for the tour of Bangladesh — brought Punjab back into the contest.
Uthappa was holed out in the deep by Miller, while Pandey was bowled as the ball ricocheted off his shoulder on to the stumps. Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan then forged another good partnership.
Once again, Punjab bounced back with leg spinner Karanveer Singh dismissing Yusuf and Shakib in the same over. But some big hitting from Ryan ten Doeschate, Surya Yadav and Piyush Chawla took Kolkata to 163 on a wicket that played slow and low, and offered decent amount of turn. It proved to be enough.
Also, Punjab showed very little stomach for fight apart from Wriddhiman Saha’s 31-ball 35 and Manan Vohra’s pyrotechnics (26 off 19) up front. “Our batters were flustered by the rain thing and failed to execute the plans,” said coach Sanjay Bangar.
Kolkata signed off their home leg by doing a lap of honour. With eight wins on the bounce, their journey to Bangalore for the final was only an extension of their good form.