Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders defeated defending champions Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India, ultimately winning the tournament for the first time in the history of the IPL.
The Kolkata’s co-owner Shahrukh Khan, who was present in the ground to support his team, was full of joy after his team’s success as after reaching for the first time in the final of Indian Premier League (IPL), the team succeeded in overcoming the defending champions Chennai Super Kings.
“I want to thank Gautam and my boys for providing us such an opportunity to cheer”.
Kolkata Knight Riders easily chased a huge target of 191 runs in the final over of the inning for the loss of five wickets. Although the captain Gambhir (2), was sent off early in the pavilion but Bisla 89 and Kallis (69) through their brilliant innings helped their team in securing the tournament’s final. The winning shot, a four, was played by Tiwary.
The Chennai bowlers tried their level best to win the match but the fate was with Kolkata as the last two overs proved very costly for them. Ben Hilfenhaus who took two wickets remained the leading wicket taker followed by Morkel, Ashwin and Bravo who shared one wicket each.
Earlier opening partnership between Hussey (54) and Vijay (42) helped Chennai to provide a solid start for their team followed by a blistering innings of 73 runs from 38 balls by Suresh Raina which helped their team to set a huge total of 190 runs.
IPL Champions 2012 Award:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gambhir: “Only one word comes in mind again, mission accomplished. I thought whenever the situation came, the guys would stand up. This one is for Kolkata. Balaji has been our unsung hero. We were playing for him, Missing such a game in front of his home crowd was big. Chasing 195 against defending champions in their backyard shows the character of Bisla. It proves captain is only as good as his team. Team makes successful captain, Successful captain does not make successful team. There is only one time I have taken out my pads in the tournament, and that day we could not chase against Kings XI. Since then I have not taken off my pads. Kolkata have supported us throughout, this one us for them.”
Chennai Super Kings
Dhoni: “I thought the ball started coming on slightly better in the second half. Bisla and Kallis got the partnership KKR needed. Cricket is a game of plus ten minus ten. It is always like that. Under the conditions, we batted well. It was a bit slower in the first innings. Batsmen did a good job. Not to forget we could have looked for 200 and ended up with 170. Our bowlers were not getting reverse swing. Then it becomes easy for the fast bowlers to execute the wide yorkers. I am happy with our performance.”
Carbonn Kamaal catch:
Shakaib Al Hassan (KKR)
Man of the Match:
“I don’t think I have hit as well, good to play this in the finals to help win it for my team. There was no plan, wanted to go out there to enjoy, after Gambhir got out, I felt a tad tensed but after getting one or two to the fence, I got the confidence. Kallis is a legend, batting along side him was a great opportunity, he asked me to keep it simple and get going. I am happy from inside (when asked to smile by Pommie Mbwanga!)”
Rising star Award:
Mandeep Singh (Kings XI Punjab)
King of Carbonn Kamaal Catch Award:
Micheal Hussey (Chennai Super Kings)
“Would have felt even happier had my team made it here. Had a good domestic season, and my preparation was good as well. Would like to thank Vikram bhai [Rathore, the Punjab coach]. Dream is to play for India, for at least ten years.” Not a bad dream to have, and looks like he has the capability to make it come true.”
Fair Play Award: