Kolkata Knight Riders is the IPL 2012 Champions
KKR is the new champion of the IPL 2012, season 5. They beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets in a nail biting final with 2 balls to spare. MS Bisla lead the huge run chase with a brilliant 89 of just 48 balls followed by Kallis, who hammered 69 of 49 balls. Bisla & Kallis hundred plus run partnership set the winning platform for KKR, though they have lost few quick wickets in the late overs. Sakib Al Hasan & Tiwary kept their heads cool to guide Kolkata for a historic victory on IPL 2012 Final. Congratulations to KKR.
Earlier, Chennai won the toss and elected to bat. Strong opening stand from Hussey & Vijay put them in a riders position. Later Raina & Dhoni capitalizes and build a formidable total of 190 for 3 wickets. Shakib Al Hasan took a stunning catch of the bowling of Bhatia to got rid of the opening partnership. Later Shakib got the wicket of Raina, caught by Lee.
this is the highest run chase in an IPL final. Only once has the side batting second won the IPL, when Rajasthan Royals chased 163 off the last ball in 2008, against CSK.
IPL 2012 Final – Man of the match
IPL 2012 Final – Man of the series
IPL 2012 Final – Post Match Interviews
L Balaji: “We are one family and we did what we wanted to do from day one. We stuck to each other, ultimately it paid off, great feeling to lift the trophy.”
Jacques Kallis: “Being an allrounder is hard work. CSK are a champion side, credit to our guys to beat them at their home ground, they don’t get beaten a lot here. Chasing 195 It is a little bit old age I think [jokes about the hamstring]. But it should be alright. We did not panic, that was the key. At times, you can panic chasing 195.”
Lee: “It is not only about those who played tonight. Everyone has done a brilliant job, guys who played through the tournament, coach, support staff. I had my batting gloves on, I was very nervous, but that is T20 cricket. That is why Jacques Kallis is the best in the world.”
Yusuf Pathan: “The way Gautam has captained in the last two years, it is comparable to Shane Warne [at Rajasthan]. He has supported the players a lot. We have played as a team. We enjoyed each others’ success. I got to play the role in the semi-final, today Bisla and Kallis did it. The way Bisla was in and out of the team, he did very well. It was tough to leave out a top player like McCullum.”
Sunil Narine: “Coming in a big tournament and having a big impact is huge. But it is about 11 players.”
Wasim Akram: “I have won World Cup for Pakistan, but this is very different feeling. I am very happy. Knowing our owner SRK, it is going to be a madhouse.”
Shakib Al Hasan: “I dont think we will be able to sleep tonight. I think Shah Rukh has gone mad. I dont know what he is doing.”
Manvinder Bisla: “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!)”
Brendon McCullum: “Pretty satisfied. We have had four hard years. To come out in tough conditions and chase 195 against CSK is very satisfying. People back in Kolkata and Bengal will be proud of us. We have been relaxed the whole way through. We never lost the belief in our own abilities
Trevor Bayliss, KKR coach: “We played a team game throughout. The partnership between Bisla and Kallis was the winning one. People said we could not do it without Gautam scoring runs, but we proved we could tonight. Wicket tonight was a lot better batting wicket than the one we played on here few weeks ago.”
Shah Rukh Khan: “i want to thank Gautam and my boys.”
IPL 2012 Final Match Review
There were a galaxy of former Indian cricketers in attendance, the brightest lights from Bollywood were in the stands, both teams had some of the biggest stars in the world game but the headlining performance came from little-known Manvinder Bisla as Kolkata Knight Riders prised the IPL trophy out of Chennai Super Kings’ hands. Bisla, who was without a Ranji Trophy side last season, made a mockery of his previous career Twenty20 strike-rate of 106 to play a jack-in-the-box innings that helped overhaul what had seemed a mountainous Super Kings total.
The title seemed headed Super Kings’ way for the third year in a row, when for the third match in a row a seemingly out of form Super Kings batsman played a blinder – this time it was Suresh Raina – and the rock of Knight Riders’ batting Gautam Gambhir was bowled in the first over.
All that changed when Bisla intervened. Virtually every ball he faced, he either jumped beyond leg to make room or danced down the track to get close to the pitch of the ball as he unleashed a series of lofted extra cover drives to dent Super Kings. The first signs of trouble for the defending champions was when Bisla crashed Albie Morkel for four off-side fours in the fourth over to kickstart Knight Riders’s innings.
For Chennai Super Kings’ third straight playoff match, a similar tale played out, putting them in prime position for their third consecutive IPL title. For the third time this week, a magical innings from a previously out-of-form batsman left the opposition clueless and Super Kings with a giant total.
After MS Dhoni and M Vijay, it was Suresh Raina’s turn to play a blinder. He entered with Super Kings already in a position of strength, with Michael Hussey and M Vijay clicking again, and proceeded to pulverise the best of the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers.
Weak against the short ball? Raina’s first boundary was a powerfully pulled six over midwicket off Jacques Kallis. The mystery of Sunil Narine? Raina slog-swept into the stands and later deposited the ball near the sightscreen as Narine was handed his most expensive figures of the tournament. Brett Lee was swiped over midwicket on his way to figures of 4-0-42-0, nullifying the decision to include him to provide additional firepower to the Knight Riders attack. The shot of the innings, though, wasn’t a muscled one, but a punch over the bowler’s head that was perfectly timed to beat a diving long-on.
Unlike in the knockout game against Delhi Daredevils, Super Kings took a couple of overs to get going. Vijay didn’t show off his off-side drives like he had against Delhi, instead reverting to his flat-bat hoicks and whips to wide long-on. His confidence was highlighted by an on-the-up thump over long-on for six when Lee dropped a bit short in the sixth over.
Keeping Vijay company was Hussey, who initially tackled the spin of Shakib Al Hasan with a series of reverse-sweeps. He countered Lee by bravely shimmying down the track and launching over long-off. As usual, Hussey’s innings had the muscled sweep-pulls to midwicket and featured some precision placement. Midway through the innings, he was gasping for breath but his running did not slacken, even when he the non-striker. The boundaries vanished towards the end of Hussey’s stay, but by then Raina was hammering the attack out of shape.
Knight Riders didn’t fade in the field like Daredevils had. The first wicket came through a superb diving catch from Shakib, and there was no let up in effort as they attempted to keep the torrent in check. It was a flat pitch, and with a long batting line-up, Knight Riders weren’t out of it yet.
IPL 2012 Final Match Scorecard
Chennai Super Kings 190/3 (20/20 ov)
Kolkata Knight Riders 192/5 (19.4/20 ov)
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
|Chennai Super Kings innings (20 overs maximum)||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|MEK Hussey||b Kallis||54||43||4||2||125.58|
|M Vijay||c Shakib Al Hasan b Bhatia||42||32||4||1||131.25|
|SK Raina||c Lee b Shakib Al Hasan||73||38||3||5||192.10|
|MS Dhoni*†||not out||14||9||2||0||155.55|
|Extras||(lb 3, w 2, nb 2)||7|
|Total||(3 wickets; 20 overs)||190||(9.50 runs per over)|
|Did not bat DJ Bravo, RA Jadeja, JA Morkel, R Ashwin, BW Hilfenhaus, SB Jakati, S Badrinath|
|Fall of wickets 1-87 (Vijay, 10.2 ov), 2-160 (Hussey, 17.1 ov), 3-190 (Raina, 19.6 ov)|
|Shakib Al Hasan||3||0||25||1||8.33||(1w)|
|JH Kallis||4||0||34||1||8.50||(1nb, 1w)|
|Kolkata Knight Riders innings (target: 191 runs from 20 overs)||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|MS Bisla†||c Badrinath b Morkel||89||48||8||5||185.41|
|G Gambhir*||b Hilfenhaus||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|JH Kallis||c Jadeja b Hilfenhaus||69||49||7||1||140.81|
|LR Shukla||c Hussey b Bravo||3||6||0||0||50.00|
|YK Pathan||c Badrinath b Ashwin||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Shakib Al Hasan||not out||11||7||1||0||157.14|
|MK Tiwary||not out||9||3||2||0||300.00|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 6, nb 1)||8|
|Total||(5 wickets; 19.4 overs)||192||(9.76 runs per over)|
|Did not bat R Bhatia, Iqbal Abdulla, SP Narine, B Lee|
|Fall of wickets 1-3 (Gambhir, 0.6 ov), 2-139 (Bisla, 14.4 ov), 3-152 (Shukla, 16.2 ov), 4-164 (Pathan, 17.1 ov), 5-175 (Kallis, 18.5 ov)|
|BW Hilfenhaus||4||0||25||2||6.25||(1nb, 1w)|
|Toss Chennai Super Kings, who chose to bat|
|Player of the match MS Bisla
|Umpires BF Bowden (New Zealand) and SJA Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire BR Doctrove (West Indies)
Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)