Chennai v Kolkata, IPL 2012, final, Chennai May 28, 2012

'Didn't expect Bisla onslaught' - Fleming

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stephen Fleming, the Chennai Super Kings coach, has said Manvinder Bisla's assault in Kolkata Knight Riders' successful chase of 191 in the IPL final was unexpected. Super Kings, two-time IPL champions, failed to make it three in a row as Knight Riders beat them by five wickets in a last-over finish at Chepauk.

"I don't know if we can over-analyse how wrong we got it, but admire what they did. Bisla, I thought, was outstanding, they needed someone to stand up," Fleming said. "We got a great early wicket of [Gautam] Gambhir, which we had targeted, but we didn't expect the onslaught from Bisla, maybe a quick 30, 40 would have been fine, but he took it quite deep."

Bisla smashed 89 in 48 balls and was involved in a 136-run stand for the second wicket with Jacques Kallis, who also scored a half-century. "That partnership gave them belief," Fleming said.

With 20 needed to win off the last two overs for Knight Riders, Super Kings still stood a chance and the pressure on the visitors grew when Kallis fell in the penultimate over, off Ben Hilfenhaus. However, Hilfenhaus bowled an above waist-high full toss the next ball, yielding three runs and an extra delivery that was hit for four by Shakib Al Hasan. "In the 19th over, there was a big turning point with the no-ball, going into the last over with 14 or 15 to win is a different story," Fleming said. Nine were needed off the final over and Manoj Tiwary finished the game with two successive fours.

Fleming, however, praised his team for its performance through the season, and for fighting hard in the final. "When you get beaten like that, it's a lot easier to take than when you've played below par. A little disappointed that our campaign has been termed as 'lucky', we still got the points to qualify for the semis. The challenge next year is to be one of the most consistent sides."

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  • TR on May 29, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    csk lost because Dhoni was as usual - that is, he thought things would happen by themselves. And it didn't happen and by the time it happened (Bisla getting out) it was too late. Dhoni never set attacking fields. He may not ever learn, because with his current approach he is making ok percentage of successes. I wish he learns a few things from Aussie captains. Ashwin, instead of trying to contain, tried to get wkts. csk fielders obviously were less focused. Hope they have all learnt.

  • Srinivas on May 29, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Match was lost when KKR scored 7 runs off effectively just one ball in that Hilfenhaus over. Final over was just a formality. Hilfenhaus is a vastly improved bowler now a days but seems to struggle somehow during the final overs.

  • Satyapriya on May 29, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Manvinder Bisla has shown what a special talent he is.When Gambhir was bowled out not many people would have given KKR any chance.Bisla,ably supported by the experienced Kallis batted superbly to take the game away from CSK.The CSK bowlers could never really apply pressure on the KKR batsmen.The only time when the game appeared to be slipping away from KKR was in the 19th over.However,Shakib and Tiwary managed to keep their cool to reach the target.KKR are definitely deserving champions because they played with passion and dedication.

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    There are some basic mistakes Dhoni made: Morkel, with the highest strike rate, should have been promoted up the order; another thing is he did not utilise Anirudh who could have scored faster than others. Even Ashwin can be promoted up the order, he is a big hitter.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Excellent summary by Stephen Fleming. Yes, 19th over no ball cost CSK. Also CSK fielding was not as good as other 2 play off. Intensity was bit less once Bisla got going. May they took it bit easy after Gambhir was bowled. I do not think any other CSK bowler at 20th over would have done anything different with 9 runs and 5 wickets in hand. Fleming refelected most of CSK fans thought that it was not fair to call lucky to qualify for playoff. CSK got the points they needed and it was messed up by others. In fact CSK was unlucky not to finish up the matches earlier, results may have varied if CSK played the final league matches. Fleming was also right it was more low and then high in league matches. Bravo and Faf was a stand out through out. Bravo was bit predictable in the final going for runs, except that he is the best medium pace all rounder played in IPL 2012. Loved watching him through out. Morkel was bit unlucky not to get more batting options..Well done CSK..

  • Cricinfouser on May 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    The match finished before the last ball..that was a bit of a let down (used to the last ball finishes this season ;)).. I thought dhoni would pull this one off..but bravo and his slow ball (continous slow short balls??) let him down..i was rooting for CSK to win..for the simple reason that if KKR won, SRK will take all the glory and as suspected the inevitable happened! Now we have to bear the sight of SRK licking and smooching the cup plastered all over the tv :(

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @eomer17: In a belter, no one can judge if a bowler or batsman is fit for international level. If CSK finds ashwin to a best spinner for them, it is because he has bowled and won matches for them last 2-3 seasons. He is anytime better than harbajan and deserves chances. Once teams understand Naraine's variations, time would come where he too would be belted like Ajantha Mendis.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    @dare_to_beat: Don't know what you are trying to imply. It is not luck if a rain washes out a match without a ball being bowled. You cannot know if CSK would have won or RCB won. What Yoohoo implied was that all teams have that luck to finally go in and get it. KKR deserved it but just attributing luck to CSK and crying for other teams like RR, RCB, Kings eleven not going in even for their hard work does not make sense. In fact the other 3 teams had every chances to knock CSK out, but could not make it count. The main argument is that don't attribute luck alone to CSK considering the way they raised themselves in play offs.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Only non-KKR fans were surprised by Bisla's knock. He's been looking good in the few games he had played before the final.

  • Mandar on May 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    The fact that KKR chased 190 runs(highest ever) in IPL final against charged up CSK on their home ground after loosing their inform captain cheaply proves clearly who was a better team on the day of the final. Even when KKR was fielding and CSK batsmen were dominating I did not find KKR fielders dropping shoulders..infact they took some good catches to end Vijay and Raina. I think a better team won the tournament in the end.

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