IPL: Kolkata's magical chase to claim the trophy

Updated: 28 May 2012 00:14 IST

Kolkata Knight Riders registered a win when it counted the most and went past Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets to claim the Indian Premier League for the first time in five years, on Sunday. A look at what Gautam Gambhir's side did right to become claim the title and the honours.

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Kolkata Knight Riders registered a win when it counted the most and went past Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets to claim the Indian Premier League for the first time in five years, on Sunday. A look at what Gautam Gambhir's side did right to become claim the title and the honours.

* Bisla's barrage of shots: Manvinder Bisla rose to the occasion and made the night about him. Chasing 190 and losing Gautam Gambhir in the first over can never be easy for an opener. For Bisla, it was all about confidence, fluent shots and a brave outlook to dispatch the ball beyond the boundary with valour and ease. 89 from his willow was a match-winning knock.

* Kallis' killer instinct: Age may not be by his side but Jacques Kallis showed that skill and ability has not. He had 69 off 49 to show for his efforts which set the match up for the final push. This despite cramps and fatigue threatening to bring him down.

*Shakib's style: The Bangladeshi had 11 runs and a four. Not too impressive but in the context of the match, his solitary shot to the fence was a morale booster for Kolkata.

* Tiwari's temperament: Manoj Tiwary slapped two boundaries including the one that ensured Kolkata's win. The match was nearing a close finish and it was Tiwari who ensured that it was not left to the final delivery.

Topics : Cricket Chris Gayle Gautam Gambhir Jacques Kallis Chennai Super Kings Yusuf Pathan Shoaib Akhtar Kolkata Knight Riders Ajay Jadeja Indian Premier League 2012
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