Three strangers, one journey – Vaya unpicks the stories of three characters who are travelling to Joburg. It explores their expectations – and the realities – of the big city.Zanele, played by Zimkitha Nyoka, hopes to change her life by moving to Jozi. (Image: Rififi Pictures)Sulaiman PhilipPeople have always been drawn to the big city, and this pull is at the heart of the new feature film from award-winning director Akin Omotoso.Vaya tells three separate stories of three passengers travelling from KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg. They are strangers on a train whose destinies are intertwined as they navigate the foreign and exotic world with which they are unprepared to deal.His film was about the challenge of not losing yourself in a new place, Omotoso told Variety. And it is based on the true stories of writers in the Homeless Writers Project, a writing workshop for people living on the streets of Johannesburg.Nhlanhla (Sihle Xaba) is drawn to Jozi by the promise of easy wealth. (Image: Riffifi Pictures)“Vaya is the story of travellers who arrive in Johannesburg with different hopes and plans, only to discover the hard realities of life when you’re not in control of your own destiny. I wanted to explore the feeling of arrival – with its built-in expectations and fears – in a way that’s true to a lot of places.”Sibusiso Msimang is Nkulu, the oldest son changed by the journey to collect his fathers remains. (Image: Riffifi Pictures)Nkulu, played by Sibusiso Msimang, is travelling to fetch his father’s remains so they can be buried in his rural home. Zanele (Zimkhitha Nyoka) is chaperoning a young girl on her way to meet her mother. For her, the trip is a chance to change her life and make her dreams come true. Sihle Xaba plays Nhlanhla, a young man attracted by the prospect of quick and easy money. Unable to pay his dowry, he accepts a job from his cousin that promises to solve his financial woes.Eight years in the making, Vaya premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and had a limited run to qualify for Oscar consideration. It opened in South Africa at the end of October. “Many filmmakers have utilised the network narrative to relay broad social commentary,” said Cameron Bailey, director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Omotoso, bolstered by brilliant performances and Kabelo Thathe’s sizzling camerawork, wisely focuses on tension, character and milieu, leaving the conclusions up to us.”Omotoso holds that his belief in story-telling, as opposed to action-driven moviemaking, makes Vaya a better film. It gives audiences, he says, a way to identify with characters who live lives very different from their own.“You’ve gotta find something in the stories that resonates with its people, and just the idea of what it’s like to not have your own urgency, what it’s like to be at the mercy of other people – that is the key element explored in Vaya.”The long creative process has resulted in a film of which Omotoso and his team are rightly proud. It gave the production team, and its first-time script writers, the opportunity to flesh out a story that has been described as “amazing”.“Having walked with this film for years, I felt a bit like a marathon runner, who prepares themselves for everything, including the emotional roller coaster to come. The shooting was not easy, as we shot in real locations with real challenges but the readiness and vision shared by everyone involved was there.”Akin Okomotso at the Vaya screening at the Berlinale in Germany. (Image: Berlinale)Vaya’s international success has shone a light on the quality of African film. Omotoso says new technologies and new platforms make this an exciting time to be an African filmmaker. The world, he argues, is ready for African filmmakers telling African stories.What is needed to build a sustainable film industry able to create high-quality content is easier access to funding, growing audiences, holding down costs by improving infrastructure, and improving distribution and marketing.“Sustainability in the long run means that multiple projects can be developed and given the utmost opportunity to be successful. And somebody has to fund your film, and hopefully you want to give that person their money back. And the distributor has to put the film out and they too want to get their money back. How you get your content to the audience is still a compelling discussion. But it’s a very exciting time to be a filmmaker.”Okomotso says African filmmakers must continue to build on the foundations laid by pioneering African artists. A Nigerian, he has lived in South Africa for a decade. He points to his own multicultural life experience to explain the edge African filmmakers have.African artists must not “squander the opportunity to tell (African) stories”, he says. They must take advantage of the opportunities that are now available. “It’s important for the world that African cinema exists.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The elimination in the Copa quarterfinals was the latest setback for Madrid in what has been a disappointing season.It is fourth in the Spanish league, trailing leader Barcelona by 19 points with a game in hand, and its only realistic chance of a title the rest of the season will be in the Champions League, where it faces Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bernabeu crowd loudly jeered Madrid after the loss, with Zidane among those criticized the most after fielding second-stringers despite the big gap to Barcelona in La Liga.“We clearly failed,” Zidane said. “And I’m the one responsible for it.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Alaves forward Ruben Sobrino, who scored in both matches, missed the decisive penalty by sending the ball over the crossbar at Mendizorroza Stadium.Rodrigo, Santi Mina and Jose Luis Gaya all converted from the spot for the visitors, with their only miss coming from midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia after a save by goalkeeper Antonio Sivera. Alaves’ goals in the shootout were scored by Tomas Pina and Munir El Haddadi.El Haddadi put Alaves in front with a header into the top corner after a long cross by Rodrigo Ely in the 73rd, and Santi Mina equalized in a breakaway four minutes later after a making a run from near the halfway line.Sobrino netted the winner from close range following a free kick into the area. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Leganes’ players celebrate their victory against Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Leganes won 2-1. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Real Madrid followed its biggest win of the season with its most embarrassing defeat on Wednesday, and the pressure is back on for coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.After routing Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 to give fans a glimmer of hope after a series of poor results, Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey with a shock 2-1 loss to Leganes at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel Beer still unscathed; Meralco defense junks KIA LATEST STORIES Playing without Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters, Madrid was unable to defend its 1-0 win from the first leg, being eliminated on away goals after a 2-2 draw on aggregate.“We were not supposed to be eliminated like this after having won the first leg,” said Zidane, calling the defeat the worst moment of his coaching career with Madrid. “I’m upset. It’s a big disappointment. I know it’s a difficult night for the fans.”It’s the second consecutive year Madrid has been eliminated in the Copa quarterfinals, having lost to Celta Vigo last season.Leganes, based just south of Madrid, was playing in the last eight of the Copa for the first time in the team’s 89-year history.“The key was that we believed we could achieve this, even after the loss last week,” Leganes coach Asier Garitano said. “We played a great match and everything went well.”ADVERTISEMENT The visitors provided the bigger threat at the Bernabeu, opening the scoring with Javi Eraso’s curling shot into the top corner of the net. Eraso picked up the loose ball just outside the area after a bad exchange of passes between Madrid defenders Achraf Hakimi and Nacho Fernandez. Hakimi’s pass was too short and Fernandez couldn’t control the ball under pressure from Eraso.After being jeered at halftime, Madrid came back strongly after the break, with Karim Benzema scoring early with a close-range shot over the goalkeeper after a through ball by Lucas Vazquez. The goal ended Benzema’s six-match scoreless streak that dated back to November.However, Leganes stunned the home crowd again less than 10 minutes later, when Gabriel Pires scored with a header from a corner taken by Eraso.Benzema nearly scored an equalizer that would have allowed Madrid to advance in the 81st, but his shot from inside the area was saved by goalkeeper Nereo Champagne. The goalkeeper also stopped Sergio Ramos from scoring with a header in the 85th.Madrid, which won the Spanish Super Cup and the Club World Cup earlier this season, endured a three-match winless streak at home before trouncing Deportivo in Sunday’s league match.On Tuesday, Sevilla advanced to the semifinals after eliminating Atletico Madrid 5-2 on aggregate. Three-time defending champion Barcelona hosts city rival Espanyol on Thursday to try to overcome a 1-0 first-leg loss.WIN ON PENALTIESTwo penalty saves by goalkeeper Jaume Domenech helped Valencia defeat Alaves 3-2 in a shootout.A 2-1 win by Alaves in regulation time of the second leg evened the series at 3-3 on aggregate. Domenech then stopped shots by Alfonso Pedraza and forward Hernan Perez to send Valencia through to the last four for the second time in three seasons. 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Kolkata won the toss and elected to field against PunjabWelcome to the coverage of the Indian Premier League 2014, Final between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders from the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.Full IPL Coverage | Scorecard | Match Photos Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by three wickets with three balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. Piyush Chawla is running all around the Chinnaswamy like he was a certain Usain Bolt! He has his bat in the air, raises his arms in triumph. SRK has the same pose too, but in a standing position. Can someone catch Chawla? No they can’t. So they wrestle him down to the ground. Everyone are falling on him. What a moment this is! Low full toss outside off and it’s carved away over point. Sweeper was nowhere to be seen and the ball slowly trickles away to the fence. As soon as the ball crossed the ropes, Chawla set off, running a victory lap. The Kolkata team tried to stop him, but looking at his run no-one could. What a chase and what a final to finish off the tournament. Kolkata richly deserved champions and for the 2nd time. Punjab are a devastated team, if that is right way to describe them. Lots of fireworks as Chinnaswamy Stadium sees all kinds of celebrations. Preity Zinta isn’t in tears, she manages to compose herself, though she looks very disappointed. A special innings from Manish Pandey, someone needed to produce an innings to topple Saha and it was upto the local boy – Pandey, who has been brought up on this wicket to provide it. Uthappa failed tonight, and that placed additional pressure on Pandey. But he showcased his skills at the right time and came good on the big stage. He took on each bowler and some of his big hits were a treat. advertisementPunjab picked wickets at regular intervals, but there were too many boundary balls given away. The asking rate wasn’t allowed to get to the opposition which is a credit to Kolkata as well. Karanveer Singh picked 4 wickets, showing what a nerveless performer he is, despite going for runs. Finally it was left to Chawla – who was a Punjab player for the first six seasons to deliver the knockout blow to his former side. Amidst all this, one shouldn’t forget that it was the 9th win in a row for Kolkata which keeps their winning streak alive going into next season.Kolkata are 2014 Indian Premier League champions!! 19.3 overs: FOUR!! Piyush Chawla takes it on the fulla and slices it over backward point for a boundary. Chawla SCORES THE WINNING RUNS for Kolkata!! Parvinder Awana will bowl the FINAL OVER for Punjab. It’s 5 runs off 6 balls for Kolkata!! With Piyush Chawla(9) and Sunil Narine(1) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 195/7 after 19 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!18.6 overs: SIX!! Piyush Chawla rocks back and smashes it over deep midwicket for the maximum. That’s a CRUCIAL SIX for Kolkata!! With Piyush Chawla(2) and Suryakumar Yadav(3) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 185/6 after 18 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!Piyush Chawla comes to the crease for Kolkata.16.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Manish Pandey out caught at cover. Pandey was looking for the big shot but slices it high in the air for George Bailey to complete a simple catch. Manish Pandey departs after scoring 94 runs off 50 balls with seven boundaries and six sixes. BIG WICKET for Punjab!! With Ryan ten Doeschate(4) and Manish Pandey(77) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 161/4 after 16 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!15.6 overs: FOUR!! Ryan ten Doeschate waits for it and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary. Ryan ten Doeschate comes to the crease for Kolkata.15.3 overs: OUT!! Shakib Al Hasan has been run-out by George Bailey’s direct hit. Shakib punches it towards cover and sets off for a quick single while Bailey covers ground quickly and fires in a direct hit to catch him short at the crease. Shakib Al Hasan departs after scoring 12 runs off seven balls with two boundaries.15.2 overs: FOUR!! Shakib Al Hasan gets forward and hammers it towards long-on for a boundary. Miller ISN’T HAPPY with his effort!! With Shakib Al Hasan(8) and Manish Pandey(75) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 151/3 after 15 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!14.6 overs: FOUR!! Shakib Al Hasan swivels across and scoops it towards fine leg for a boundary. CRUCIAL BOUNDARY for Kolkata!! advertisementWith Shakib Al Hasan(0) and Manish Pandey(74) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 142/3 after 14 overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!13.5 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey hangs back and pummels the pull shot over midwicket for a boundary.13.4 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey gets a big stride forward and mauls it over long-on for the maximum. Pandey KEEPS THEM COMING for Kolkata!!Shakib Al Hasan comes to the crease for Kolkata.13.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Yusuf Pathan out caught at long-on. Pathan was looking for the big shot but holes out to Glenn Maxwell who takes it comfortably. Yusuf Pathan departs after scoring 36 runs off 22 balls with four sixes. BIG WICKET for Punjab!! With Yusuf Pathan(36) and Manish Pandey(62) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 128/2 after 13 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!12.6 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan takes it on the full and sends it deep into the stands over long-on for the maximum. That went MILES IN THE AIR!! 12.2 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan goes on the backfoot and heaves it over deep square leg for the maximum. Pathan has PUNISHED that one!! With Yusuf Pathan(17) and Manish Pandey(60) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 107/2 after 11 overs. 10.6 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey clears his front leg and mauls it over the cow corner for the maximum. Pandey is playing a CRACKER OF AN INNINGS here!! 10.2 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey rocks back and clouts the pull over deep midwicket for the maximum. That’s FIFTY for Pandey!!10.1 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey gets on top of it and swats it through extra cover for a boundary. With Yusuf Pathan(15) and Manish Pandey(42) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 87/2 after nine overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!! 8.3 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan stands tall and sends it over long-off for another maximum. Miller ALMOST GOT THAT ONE!! 8.2 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan reaches out and slams it over extra cover for the maximum. That was HAMMERED by Pathan!! With Yusuf Pathan(2) and Manish Pandey(41) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 73/2 after eight overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!7.4 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey rocks back and smashes it over midwicket for a boundary. That went LIKE A TRACER BULLET!! With Yusuf Pathan(1) and Manish Pandey(36) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 67/2 after seven overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!6.2 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey reaches out and smokes it over extra cover for a flat six. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Pandey!!Yusuf Pathan is the new man in for Kolkata Knight Riders.6.1 overs: OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Gautam Gambhir out caught at long-on. Gambhir skips down the track looking for the big shot but mistimes it straight down the throat of David Miller who doesn’t drop those. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring 23 runs off 17 balls with three boundaries. BIG BLOW for Kolkata!!First sign of spin, Karanveer Singh comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. advertisementWith Gautam Gambhir(20) and Manish Pandey(21) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 48/1 after five overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 4.1 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey leans forward and thumps it back past the bowler for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Pandey!! 3.3 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey picks the length early and slaps it over midwicket for a boundary. First change, Parvinder Awana comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab.With Gautam Gambhir(18) and Manish Pandey(6) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 31/1 after three overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!2.6 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir swivels across and hammers it through covers for a boundary. 2.1 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir presses forward and slices it through backward point for a boundary. With Gautam Gambhir(9) and Manish Pandey(5) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 19/1 after two overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!1.1 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir reaches out and drills it through covers for a blazing boundary.Lakshmipathy Balaji will bowl from the other end for Kings XI Punjab.TEN RUNS off the over!!0.5 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey waits for it and flicks it through midwicket for a boundary.Manish Pandey comes to the crease for Kolkata.0.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Mitchell Johnson has got Robin Uthappa out caught at point. Uthappa goes for the drive on the up and sends it straight into the hands of Akshar Patel who takes it comfortably. Robin Uthappa departs after scoring five runs off three balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for Kolkata!!0.1 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir are out in the middle for Kolkata Knight Riders while Mitchell Johnson will start the proceedings for Kings XI Punjab. Kings XI Punjab scored 199 runs at the loss of four wickets after batting first against Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.That’s the END OF INNINGS for Punjab!!19.6 overs: David Miller punches it towards extra cover and steals a single.19.3 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha leans forward and drills it through extra cover for another boundary. Saha is ON FIRE here!!19.2 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha bends down and sweeps it towards square leg for a boundary.Umesh Yadav will bowl the FINAL OVER for Kolkata!! With Wriddhiman Saha(104) and David Miller(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 187/4 after 19 overs.SEVENTEEN RUNS off the over!!18.5 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha stands tall and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. That’s a BRILLIANT CENTURY for Saha!!18.4 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha rocks back and clouts the pull over midwicket for another boundary.18.3 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha takes it on the full and smacks it over square leg for the maximum.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!David Miller comes to the crease for Punjab.17.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Piyush Chawla has got Glenn Maxwell out caught at short third man. Maxwell flays the reverse-sweep and sends it straight into the hands of Morne Morkel for a simple catch. Glenn Maxwell departs for a golden duck. BIG WICKET for Kolkata!!17.4 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha reaches out and slams it over covers for a boundary. With Wriddhiman Saha(62) and Manan Vohra(67) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 140/2 after 16 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!15.5 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra stands tall and smashes it towards long-on for a boundary. With Wriddhiman Saha(60) and Manan Vohra(61) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 131/2 after 15 overs.TWENTY RUNS off the over!!14.5 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha goes for the pull and gets a top-edge over fine leg for the maximum. Morkel is OUT OF SORTS here!!14.3 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra hangs back and carves it over backward point for a boundary.14.2 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra reaches out and slices it over third man for the maximum. With Wriddhiman Saha(51) and Manan Vohra(50) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 111/2 after 14 overs.NINETEEN RUNS off the over!!13.6 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra gets underneath it and sends it towards the cow corner for a boundary. That’s FIFTY for Vohra!!13.4 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha was looking to pull but gets an inside edge past the stumps for another boundary. That’s FIFTY for Saha!!13.3 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha waits for it and slaps it through square leg for a boundary.13.2 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha rocks back and tonks it over deep square leg for the maximum.With Wriddhiman Saha(36) and Manan Vohra(46) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 92/2 after 13 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!12.6 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra shimmies down the track and steers it towards third man for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Vohra!! With Wriddhiman Saha(33) and Manan Vohra(40) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 82/2 after 12 overs.FIFTEEN RUNS off the over!! 11.5 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha gets a big stride forward and smacks it over long-off for another maximum. BACK-TO-BACK SIXES for Saha!!11.4 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha skips down the track and sends it deep into the stands over long-off for the maximum.CRACKING SHOT from Saha!!With Wriddhiman Saha(21) and Manan Vohra(37) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 67/2 after 11 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!10.5 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha picks the length early and smashes it deep into the stands over midwicket for the maximum. MEATY BLOW from Saha!! With Wriddhiman Saha(11) and Manan Vohra(30) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 50/2 after eight overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!7.5 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra bends down and slogs it over the cow corner for the maximum. That was SMASHED by Vohra!! 7.2 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha goes on the backfoot and slaps it towards deep midwicket for a boundary. Piyush Chawla comes into the attack for Kolkata Knight Riders. With Wriddhiman Saha(4) and Manan Vohra(23) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 36/2 after seven overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!! Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack for Kolkata Knight Riders.With Wriddhiman Saha(2) and Manan Vohra(21) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 32/2 after six overs.EXCELLENT START by Narine, a big wicket and just two runs off the over!! Wriddhiman Saha comes to the crease for Punjab.The MYSTERY SPINNER strikes on his FIRST DELIVERY for Kolkata!!5.1 overs: OUT!! Sunil Narine has bowled George Bailey on a straighter delivery. Bailey walks down the track and misses the straighter one as the ball crashes onto the stumps. George Bailey departs after scoring just one run off two balls. Another BLOW for Punjab.First sign of spin, Sunil Narine comes into the attack for Kolkata Knight Riders. With George Bailey(0) and Manan Vohra(16) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 24/1 after four overs.THREE RUNS off the over!! George Bailey comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.3.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Umesh Yadav has got Virender Sehwag out caught at mid-off. Sehwag was looking to pull but mistimes it straight down the throat of Gautam Gambhir who doesn’t drop those. Virender Sehwag departs after scoring seven runs off 10 balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for Punjab!! With Virender Sehwag(5) and Manan Vohra(15) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 21/0 after three overs.SIX RUNS off the over!! 2.2 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra gets forward and flicks it through midwicket for a boundary. With Virender Sehwag(5) and Manan Vohra(9) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 15/0 after two overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!1.6 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag leans forward and drills it back past the bowler for a boundary. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Viru!! Umesh Yadav will bowl from the other end for Kolkata Knight Riders.NINE RUNS off the over!!0.4 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra goes for the drive and gets an outside edge towards third man for a boundary. Vohra was LUCKY there!! 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. TEAM NEWS: Punjab have David Miller, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson as the overseas players in their Playing XI. On the other hand, Kolkata will play Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Morne Morkel and Sunil Narine as the overseas players in their Playing XI today.TOSS: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field against Kings XI Punjab. What’s At Stake:It’s rematch of the first qualifier with Kings XI Punjab looking to avenge their defeat at the hands of their rivals Kolkata today. On one hand where Kolkata will looking to become only the second team – after Chennai Super Kings – in history to cinch the IPL title on two occasions, their counterparts Punjab will have their best chance to secure their maiden title this season.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.Road To Finals:Punjab: Preity Zinta’s ‘Red Devils’ have been one of the most entertaining teams in the IPL this season. George Bailey and his men clinched the top spot in the points table with a sensational 11 wins and a mere three losses out of 14 games they played. Despite losing the first qualifier to Kolkata by 28 runs, Punjab came back strong against IPL’s most successful team – Chennai Super Kings – to win the eliminator by 24 runs.Kolkata: Shah Rukh Khan’s Knight Riders witnessed some highs and lows during their journey in the IPL this season. Gautam Gambhir and his men secured the second spot in the points tally with nine wins and five losses out of 14 games they played. But, their most convincing win in this season came when it mattered the most, against a rival that was clearly touted as favourites. But, an all-round performance and a bit of luck helped Kolkata trample Punjab by 28 runs.Top Run Scorers(from):Punjab: With 552 runs, Maxwell sits pretty at the 3rd position in the runs chart while Sehwag has jumped to the 6th spot with 448 runs. Miller is not far back, at 7th place with 445 runs – meaning Punjab boast of three batsmen in the top-10.Kolkata: Robin Uthappa is in the form of his life with 655 runs, he is well placed to finish the tournament as the leading run scorer. The next best for Kolkata is Gautam Gambhir – with 309 runs he lies at a distant 22nd position.Top Wicket Takers(from):Punjab: Despite featuring in only 11 matches, Sandeep Sharma has earned a place in the top-10. He is 5th with 18 wickets while Akshar Patel, the find of the season for Punjab, lies just one spot below with 17 wickets.Kolkata: At 3rd position, Sunil Narine has been arguably the best Kolkata bowler on show. He has not just snaffled 20 wickets, but his overs have cost him a miserly 6.01 runs per over. There was some doubt if he could make it to the final but having decided against playing for the West Indies in the Test series against New Zealand, he will be very much there to lead Kolkata’s charge once again. Piyush Chawla is the next best bowler with 12 wickets, but he is at 17th spot. The figures only go on to show that Kolkata have not relied on a single individual but have performed as a team in their march towards the final.Head-to-Head Record:Overall: Kolkata and Punjab have faced each other 14 times in the IPL history wherein Kolkata have emerged victorious on 8 occasions while Punjab has won 6 times.2014 Season: Punjab trounced Kolkata in their first meeting at Abu Dhabi, but Kolkata came back strongly to beat Punjab twice during their 8-match winning streak this season.Kings XI Punjab:Perhaps the team to beat this year, Punjab are into their first final of the IPL. Already boasting of a devastating batting line-up, George Bailey’s men look to have all the ingredients required to annex the trophy.The batting has been powerful, the bowling more than decent and has been backed up by some electric fielding – all factors contributing to their success so far.Kolkata Knight Riders:If Punjab are bristling with talent, complete team effort has been the reason for the surge in Kolkata’s ranks. Looking down and out at one stage of the tournament, Kolkata bounced back in spectacular fashion, reeling off seven wins in a row to make it to the playoffs.Supported vociferously by the partisan home-crowd, they romped home against their final opponents in fine style to book an automatic slot in the summit clash. While the batting has been solid, largely led by Robin Uthappa, the bowlers have gelled well as an unit.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