Kolkatta Knight Riders are the new champions of Indian Premier League. In season 5 Kolkatta Knight Riders beat two times champion and defending champion chennai super kings. Chennai playing on home ground managed to score 190 from 20 overs courtesy fire works from suresh raina and nice contributions from vijay and mike hussey.
With mcmulum missing out in final match , at break chennai looked set for third title but one man made all the difference. The rising star , manvinder singh bisla showed his class today with 89 runs of just 48 balls , hitting 8 boundaries and 5 sixes. The man took game away from chennai by his fluent hits.
KKR started off badly with in form captain gautam gambhir getting bowled in first over but after that it was bisla’s show and able ,mature support by kallis.
After departure of bisla , kallis took on , keeping score within reach and in final 24 balls kkr needed 39 tuns.
The ball that can be said to be minor turning point of the match was no ball balled to hasan . KKR needed 16 runs of 7 balls when ill timed no ball was bowled . The ball was chest height and KKR got 3 runs and extra delivery because of it. In extra delivery Hasan hit boundary making KKR need 9 runs of final 6.
Manoj tiwari who was send after laxmi shukla and yusuf pathan hit back to back boundaries in 3rd and 4th delivery of the last over , sealing title for kolkatta night riders.
Usually excited shahrukh khan , looked bit subdued today and opened up for celebrations only after his team won. Her lucky charm , gauri was present in the finals . The post match celebrations by srk shows what this win means for him and his team.
Coming to gautam gambhir , he is serious contender of captaining Indian side , provided m s dhoni decides to end his one day career in 2013 (he has hinted towards it).
For IPL as tournament , it is good that they have new champions today. Chennai’s hat trick would have been proven boring for the tournament.
As for Mahendra Singh Dhoni , he looked bit tired in the tournament barring his captainship in last three matches. The big man who won two ipls , a champion league , one t 20 world cup , one world cup as captain needs bit of rest to charge up again.
This season have seen some fantastic cricket. At same time this has been most controversial tournament with raining controversies including ban of shahrukh khan by mumbai cricket association.
As IPL 2012 (SEASON 5) ends its time to look back and introspect for BCCI as well as franchise owners. Cricket has been great but it would be good if they can do without controversies…Its signing off for IPL till next year..