Knight Riders v Kings XI, IPL 2014, final, Bangalore June 1, 2014

Pandey guns KKR to second title

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Kolkata Knight Riders 200 for 7 (Pandey 94, Karanveer 4-54) beat Kings XI Punjab 199 for 4 (Saha 115*, Vohra 67) by 3 wickets and 3 balls to spare
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In a high-intensity final played in flawless spirit between two teams full of top-billed cricketers, the five headlining performances came from Indian players without international Twenty20 experience. Four of those efforts were for Kings XI Punjab, in search of their maiden IPL title in seven seasons, but the defining one was played by Manish Pandey and he ensured Kolkata Knight Riders' victorious run of eight matches leading into the final culminated in their second championship.

Pandey's 94 off 50 balls, an innings fuelled by an urgency that did not abate, pulled off the highest successful chase in any Twenty20 final. He lit up the Chinnaswamy Stadium, as Kings XI legspinner Karanveer Singh picked off three of his team-mates, and as left-arm spinner Akshar Patel displayed outstanding composure to concede 5.25 an over, while most bowlers on both sides bled at more than 10. Pandey's gutsy salvo came in response to Wriddhiman Saha scoring the first hundred in an IPL final, and Manan Vohra compiling a half-century, to lead Kings XI to 199. Knight Riders were left needing to achieve their highest score of the season; they did it with three balls to spare.

Pandey, however, did not see the chase through. He was Karanveer's fourth wicket and when he walked off the field, raising his bat to acknowledge cheers at a venue he calls home in the Ranji Trophy, Knight Riders needed 21 off 18 balls. Through singles the equation came down to 11 off seven, and Mitchell Johnson, who had bowled a succession of yorkers in his final over, signed off with a half-tracker. Piyush Chawla hooked it for six. Kings XI captain George Bailey was out of options and had to give the final over to Parwinder Awana, who had conceded 38 in three previous overs. His third ball was a full toss outside off stump, and Chawla carved it to the backward-point boundary, triggering off a Knight Rider pitch invasion.

At no stage during the chase of a daunting target did Knight Riders fall far behind the asking rate, which was 10 per over at the start. Pandey watched Robin Uthappa drive the first ball of the innings to the extra-cover boundary and then perish off the fourth, and when he took strike for the next delivery, Pandey whipped a short of a length offering from Johnson through midwicket with perfect timing. Knight Riders took 10 off the first over and Pandey said later, after the game, that he had realised then how to go about the challenge.

Knight Riders did not hit a six during the Powerplay, and yet they scored 59. Pandey and Gautam Gambhir placed several drives through the infield but the highlight of their 53-run stand was the running between the wickets, which allowed Kings XI only eight dot balls in the first six overs - the fewest of the season. Gambhir then holed out to Karanveer's first ball off the seventh over; Pandey responded to that setback by driving the next over cover for the innings' first six.

With Yusuf Pathan at the crease, the sixes began to flow. He carved Karanveer over extra cover and long-off off consecutive deliveries, and punished a long-hop and a full toss from L Balaji over the leg-side boundary. In between those sixes, Pandey tore into Awana's shoddy lengths, pulling repeatedly to help take 18 off the 11th over. Patel began to bowl during this acceleration and dried up one end, conceding only five runs in his first two overs.

After adding 71 in 43 balls for the third wicket, Yusuf skied Karanveer to Maxwell at long-on. Pandey countered by clouting the next ball over the same fielder's head. When Ryan ten Doeschate also holed out to long-on, leaving Knight Riders with 32 to get off 21, Pandey once again smashed the next ball for six in that same direction. Only after he fell did the chase get nervy for Knight Riders, but Chawla held it together to thwart a spirited Kings XI campaign.

Unlike the Knight Riders' chase, which motored along at a nearly constant pace, the Kings XI innings was a story of two unbelievably different halves. The first half was a blur of flailing arms and aimless bats as the Knight Riders bowlers - fast and spin - exerted control. Sehwag failed against the extra pace of Umesh Yadav and George Bailey's promotion to No.3 lasted two balls. After six overs, Kings XI had made 32, their lowest Powerplay score of the season. They were only 58 after ten.

Just when it seemed Kings XI had blundered by holding Glenn Maxwell and David Miller back to Nos. 5 and 6, Saha and Vohra orchestrated a jaw-dropping turnaround in tempo. Saha hit 35 runs off the 18 balls he faced from Narine - mostly on the leg side - and took 32 off 13 balls from Chawla. Morkel suffered too, as Vohra's one-handed carve carried over the third-man boundary and Saha hooked for six to take 20 runs off the 15th over. Vohra got to his 50 off 42 balls; Saha needed only 29 and did not let up. They added 129 in 12 overs.

By the time Saha lofted Narine to long-on, where the boundary rider parried the ball for six, to bring up his century off 49 balls, the clamour of wanting to see Maxwell and Miller had long died down. Kings XI's previous best in three innings against Knight Riders this season had been 149. They got to 199 tonight, despite their three overseas guns and Sehwag contributing only nine runs. In their last ten overs, Kings XI had scored 141 runs. Those first ten overs cost them in the end.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | June 2, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Great match but like I said, on his day any one man can take the game away. Today was Pandey's. It was one of those days where he could do no wrong and just didn't get out. However, KXIP fought wonderfully, especially after thoose first 6 overs. That is one of the best counter attacks I have ever seen and to think that they didn't even need Maxi and Miller. Akshar also gave us a serious chance at winning but I guess it just wasn't their day. Still, KXIP should be proud. They have been the team of the tournament and lit up this IPL. They played the best cricket and as a team, giving youngsters a chance to shine. Almost all their young Indian players were about 20 years old so they have really given India some future prospects to watch out for. They truly embodied what the IPL is all about. One individual performance kept them from a rightfully deserved trophy but well done nonetheless. Hopefully, they can bounce back to win it next year.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Whadde Match..Victory of KKRicket:)

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | June 3, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Congratulations to KKR. Thoroughly deserving Champions. Beat KXIP in 3 out of their last 3 meetings, including semi-finals and finals, making it 3-1 for this year. Now that is the hallmark of a Champion - Consistently dominating the second best team around them. Not sure what the hue and cry is all about, questioning the credentials of KKR. No doubt that KXIP played fantastic cricket. But the fact that KXIP lost 3-1 to KKR and the fact that KKR won 9 matches on the trot, makes it very easy to say that KKR once again has all the hallmarks of a Champion - Consistently dominating all the team's around them. KXIP showed tremendous improvement and set or chased 200+ scores which makes us feel that they are the best team. But KKR were the best in both the departments and dominated all the teams, and most importantly KXIP - 3-1 for the year. Congrats KKR! From a gutted RR fan.

  • POSTED BY mahafuz_mannan on | June 3, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    @MRCRICKETJKNOTHUSSEY..I get your point. But T20 cricket will always be like this..If your opener is in good form others will not have a great deal of chance..like u can't say Bailey was a flop...he got few chances becoz of a heavy top order...tendo, S.yadav and even in some matches Shakib has hardly many balls too face....You just can't say take out Uttappa's score and let other things be constant...uttappa out early means there are lot of balls there for other players to step up....fact is both teams were evenly match...both have 3 players each in the top 10 valuable players list...you just can't put emphasis on batting...except A Patel no one is there in terms of dot balls where we have 3, shakib, narine and morkel...KXIP (12) just won one game more then KKR (11)...but then again KKR played one game less...the fact they won and RIGHTFULLY DESERVING CHAMPION is they got the better of KXIP (3-1)

  • POSTED BY on | June 3, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    @Mr.CRICKETJKNOTHUSSEY, Why do you want to take Uthappa out? And if you really want to look at KKR without Uthappa, then you also must look at KXIP without Miller and Maxwell too... there can't be double standards, right? Take them out and KXIP would have struggled in the tournament especially in the U.A.E. with their pitiful bowling which repeatedly conceded 190-200... they would have struggled big time to chase those scores...it's only in the last few matches that Vohra and Sehwag performed blietzkrigs...where were they in the U.A.E.? Oh right there was Pujara.... without M&M, KXIP wouldn't have made it to the palyoffs...let alone getting the 1st position in the league table

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | June 3, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Its KKRs record against them in this tournament.... 4-0 win on KXIP, gave them their 2nd title.... Only KKR managed to ding KXIP as many times they met in this IPL. As KXIP's 100% win rate againt CSK is their lost rate as well against KKR. Is this something like newton's law...?

    Hope next IPL have a mandate of boundary sizes atleast 40% more than this IPL, to consider it as a competetive tournament at all.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Looking at last few IPL games I was just wondering as an average cricketing fan about a few things.IPL is about entertainment but still its cricket.Without taking credit away from all the old and young guns who created magic with the bat I was wondering for entertainment purposes and to make big matches with big scores is cricket slowly and steadily tilting towards being a game for batsmen only.My concern is not limited to IPL but Indian cricket and to certain extent world cricket.In yesterday's game Sunil Narine the mystery spinner who has a economy of less than 6rpo in IPL and most games he plays goes at 10 rpo Morkel blasted scores of 190 chased in 14 overs.Cricket is about 2ppl batsman bowler I limit my view to indian pitches either its a flat track with run fest or rank turners.Cricket should be ideal contest between bat ball but pitches dont let that happen small boundaries dont help the cause would be goto a stage where machines bowls sixes fly off bat let there be even contest

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Now ,KKR have won 2 from 2 final appearances. CSK have won 2 from 5 final appearances.

    next year final @ Eden Gardens. guess what KKR may be the most successful team within a year`s time.

  • POSTED BY iamVOID on | June 2, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    I see most of the people say that KKR luckily won the trophy of 2014.....!!! How funny ..... Can u believe that a team can win against another team three times in a row only for their luck ??? Those who are mad they can only say this type of things. I think the perfect and most balanced team get the tittle of 2014 although they are not consistent in the beginning of the tournament. They played as a team. Their victory does not come only based on someone individual performance. You can see in every match someone click well which prove that this is a team victory. Specially Uthappa, Shakib , Narine , Umesh in semi and Pandey in final performed really well. Well KOLKATA..............

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | June 2, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    @mahafuz_mannan Yes, bowlers are important. But KKR won 8 out of those 9 games on Uthappa's contributions. Take him out and they would have struggled to make the playoffs.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | June 2, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Great match but like I said, on his day any one man can take the game away. Today was Pandey's. It was one of those days where he could do no wrong and just didn't get out. However, KXIP fought wonderfully, especially after thoose first 6 overs. That is one of the best counter attacks I have ever seen and to think that they didn't even need Maxi and Miller. Akshar also gave us a serious chance at winning but I guess it just wasn't their day. Still, KXIP should be proud. They have been the team of the tournament and lit up this IPL. They played the best cricket and as a team, giving youngsters a chance to shine. Almost all their young Indian players were about 20 years old so they have really given India some future prospects to watch out for. They truly embodied what the IPL is all about. One individual performance kept them from a rightfully deserved trophy but well done nonetheless. Hopefully, they can bounce back to win it next year.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Whadde Match..Victory of KKRicket:)

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | June 3, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Congratulations to KKR. Thoroughly deserving Champions. Beat KXIP in 3 out of their last 3 meetings, including semi-finals and finals, making it 3-1 for this year. Now that is the hallmark of a Champion - Consistently dominating the second best team around them. Not sure what the hue and cry is all about, questioning the credentials of KKR. No doubt that KXIP played fantastic cricket. But the fact that KXIP lost 3-1 to KKR and the fact that KKR won 9 matches on the trot, makes it very easy to say that KKR once again has all the hallmarks of a Champion - Consistently dominating all the team's around them. KXIP showed tremendous improvement and set or chased 200+ scores which makes us feel that they are the best team. But KKR were the best in both the departments and dominated all the teams, and most importantly KXIP - 3-1 for the year. Congrats KKR! From a gutted RR fan.

  • POSTED BY mahafuz_mannan on | June 3, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    @MRCRICKETJKNOTHUSSEY..I get your point. But T20 cricket will always be like this..If your opener is in good form others will not have a great deal of chance..like u can't say Bailey was a flop...he got few chances becoz of a heavy top order...tendo, S.yadav and even in some matches Shakib has hardly many balls too face....You just can't say take out Uttappa's score and let other things be constant...uttappa out early means there are lot of balls there for other players to step up....fact is both teams were evenly match...both have 3 players each in the top 10 valuable players list...you just can't put emphasis on batting...except A Patel no one is there in terms of dot balls where we have 3, shakib, narine and morkel...KXIP (12) just won one game more then KKR (11)...but then again KKR played one game less...the fact they won and RIGHTFULLY DESERVING CHAMPION is they got the better of KXIP (3-1)

  • POSTED BY on | June 3, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    @Mr.CRICKETJKNOTHUSSEY, Why do you want to take Uthappa out? And if you really want to look at KKR without Uthappa, then you also must look at KXIP without Miller and Maxwell too... there can't be double standards, right? Take them out and KXIP would have struggled in the tournament especially in the U.A.E. with their pitiful bowling which repeatedly conceded 190-200... they would have struggled big time to chase those scores...it's only in the last few matches that Vohra and Sehwag performed blietzkrigs...where were they in the U.A.E.? Oh right there was Pujara.... without M&M, KXIP wouldn't have made it to the palyoffs...let alone getting the 1st position in the league table

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | June 3, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Its KKRs record against them in this tournament.... 4-0 win on KXIP, gave them their 2nd title.... Only KKR managed to ding KXIP as many times they met in this IPL. As KXIP's 100% win rate againt CSK is their lost rate as well against KKR. Is this something like newton's law...?

    Hope next IPL have a mandate of boundary sizes atleast 40% more than this IPL, to consider it as a competetive tournament at all.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Looking at last few IPL games I was just wondering as an average cricketing fan about a few things.IPL is about entertainment but still its cricket.Without taking credit away from all the old and young guns who created magic with the bat I was wondering for entertainment purposes and to make big matches with big scores is cricket slowly and steadily tilting towards being a game for batsmen only.My concern is not limited to IPL but Indian cricket and to certain extent world cricket.In yesterday's game Sunil Narine the mystery spinner who has a economy of less than 6rpo in IPL and most games he plays goes at 10 rpo Morkel blasted scores of 190 chased in 14 overs.Cricket is about 2ppl batsman bowler I limit my view to indian pitches either its a flat track with run fest or rank turners.Cricket should be ideal contest between bat ball but pitches dont let that happen small boundaries dont help the cause would be goto a stage where machines bowls sixes fly off bat let there be even contest

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Now ,KKR have won 2 from 2 final appearances. CSK have won 2 from 5 final appearances.

    next year final @ Eden Gardens. guess what KKR may be the most successful team within a year`s time.

  • POSTED BY iamVOID on | June 2, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    I see most of the people say that KKR luckily won the trophy of 2014.....!!! How funny ..... Can u believe that a team can win against another team three times in a row only for their luck ??? Those who are mad they can only say this type of things. I think the perfect and most balanced team get the tittle of 2014 although they are not consistent in the beginning of the tournament. They played as a team. Their victory does not come only based on someone individual performance. You can see in every match someone click well which prove that this is a team victory. Specially Uthappa, Shakib , Narine , Umesh in semi and Pandey in final performed really well. Well KOLKATA..............

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | June 2, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    @mahafuz_mannan Yes, bowlers are important. But KKR won 8 out of those 9 games on Uthappa's contributions. Take him out and they would have struggled to make the playoffs.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    The true reason I watched IPL was to find out who'd end up in the CLT20. Hopefully we get a level playing field. This will provide the best possible viewing for audiences and will probably increase revenue in CLT20. My Four Semifinal Teams for CLT20 are KXIP, Cape Cobras/Scorchers, Hobart Hurricanes and KKR/Dolphins. These 6 teams I think stand the greatest chance to impact the tournament. If in South Africa I'd say that Cape Cobras and Scorchers are Equal Favourites. If in UAE, I'd say all six are equally likely

  • POSTED BY Speng on | June 2, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    I reacquired my love of KKR this season, they took the time to get their team right in the Emirates phase and then stuck with it- which was really important. Other teams stuck with players who weren't performing or Kept jiggering their teams (like KXIP) did in the finals. KKR proves that you must have balance even in T20. KXIP's bowling was horrible particularly the pacers. IMO Balaji and Awana were only taking up overs (I can't comment on whether Balaji or the guy he replaced should have been in the team) and Johnson bowled far too many boundaries. KXIP were at least 20 runs short of what they should have set but you have to admit that Saha was class.

    KKR made me so nervous in the chase first with Uthappa going cheap and Gambhir getting out to a bowlers first ball but they never let wickets cause their run rate to drop and Pathan's knock was key because he was fearless. In the end KKR showed that form at the end of the tournament is key.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | June 2, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    KKR, Shah Rukh Khan, Whole of public who were at KSCA stadium and all lovers of IPL are very lucky. While there was some forecast of rain yesterday, turned out to be a clear day. However today (right now around 7:00 PM) its pouring heavy rains - Really IPL final got spared.

  • POSTED BY woody3 on | June 2, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Vohra's 7 an over knock I think cost KXIP the game. Given a little time to play themselves in cant see Maxwell/Miller would have got less runs off those balls. Plus can anyone explain why when its tight Johnson after 5 good pitched up balls goes to a just over waist height half tracker?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 2, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    why everybody is saying kxip. ..can't u see we beaten ur so called champion thrice in the tournament. ...and they lucky got escaped once .....if any team deserved to be champion it's KKR....9 wins in row ..doesn't comes by lucky ....

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 2, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Great match but only for batsmen. Pitches are such it really makes me feel do we need any bolwers in the team after all twenty twenty cricket is batsmen game. Twenty twenty cricket is no more competition between two aspects of games.

  • POSTED BY Karan_cricketfan on | June 2, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Well deserved win for KKR. With 9 wins in a row, they were the team to beat. They should have finished it off earlier had yusuf, manish or tendo not played silly shots but nevertheless a win's a win.

  • POSTED BY Karan_cricketfan on | June 2, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    @ The_Sidster, what are you on about? After the UAE leg KKR were still at no.4 (thanks to NRR) and out of their 11 matches won in total, 8 weren't at Eden. KKR's bowling's always been great and it was just a matter of sorting out the batting order. And not KKR's fault that Eden has an amazing atmosphere and crowd support that other grounds (Mohali?) don't.

  • POSTED BY mahafuz_mannan on | June 2, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    "KKR lucky".."KXIP rightfully deserved the title"...sore grapes....9 wins in a row is not by luck...once they short their best team out...they played like champion...actually KXIP is lucky to beat KKR 1 out of 4, where they defended 135....KKR should have won that one too....this proves bowlers are equally important as batsmen....I did not see a single ball swing...this pitch was well prepared for batting with shorter fench...it is becoz of KKR bowling they scored only 199....ANY OTHER TEAM...KXIP would have scored 250...at the end "KKR deserved the title as they were the best team by 10,000 miles"

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 2, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha (post on June 1, 2014, 18:06 GMT): Ask yourself this: who were the two most dejected, disappointed players on the pitch after that shot? I'll tell you: - it was clearly Johnson and Bailey. The camera zoomed in on Johnson walking away after that over, CLEARLY angry with himself at bowling a half-tracker at that stage of the match. Bailey, meanwhile, looked over at his Australian compadre with a look on his face that said: "what the heck was that mate!?" Why he didn't persist with the yorkers was beyond everyone in the commentary boxes, and just shows that he [Johnson] is a human being with flaws after all.

    Facebook User (post on June 2, 2014, 4:47 GMT): is spot on - Chawla absolutely middled that shot, and said during the ceremony that he predicted the short ball from the was the field was set. That was no fluke, and very clever by Chawla but also rather poor by Johnson.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 2, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Well played Saha and Pandey and congrats to KKR.Better luck next time KXIP

  • POSTED BY entryholedia on | June 2, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    All the razzmatazz of IPL being over now , Lets sincerely hope our team India performs well in England where they have to play 5 tests !! But do we have anything to showcase in England? No spinners worth mentioning & mind you if our up and coming seamers do well the English attack will do three times better .

  • POSTED BY Zeus7 on | June 2, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    @THE_SIDSTER: Have some nice cold water and a hot cup of coffee.

    But you are right about one thing, Eden is intimidating atmosphere. It's not sedate and dead silent like Mohali. You get a feeling that you are playing in a ashram when matches are played at Mohali. Typical unsporting people..

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | June 2, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Pandey is an excellent cricketer. BIG issue with him is consistency. He is a great fielder and has come very pleasing shots. He along with Uthappa and few more cricketers (Karun Nair, Rahul, Shreyas Gopal) should be knocking the doors for India selection very soon.

  • POSTED BY Sharath274 on | June 2, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    The 1st time in IPL history that a winning team is without an aussie player in the playing XI

  • POSTED BY PRaj1 on | June 2, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    KKR it is. One of the most closely fought IPL. KKR always bowled well and the day they batted well - they won. Punjab had fairy tale IPL , I would have loved to see them win not because they were table toppers but because they never entered IPL final and KKR already tasted that success in IPL final. KING'S 11 this time will be people's champion - Well played guys, Lost but keeping pride intact. As far as KKR goes i think they were brilliant in IPL , they talked less and delivered more. I think Gambhir is good captain , he plans well - Maxwell's wicket was highlight for me , keeping Morkel at short third plan , keeping in mind Switch hit and Morkel's height was brilliant.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Bailey made some tactical mistakes.. Giving Karanveersingh 17th over was a big mistake. He is very slow in the air.. and batsmen could easily dispatch him for six again and again though he get some wickets. And other mistake was coming himself to bat at No. 3. Maxwell should've come at that point.

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | June 2, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Beauty and the beast..of IPL (Saha-Kolkatta player playing for Punjab breaks a lot of bengali hearts by smashing all KKR bowlers to all parts of the park and making 200 total team score, Pandey a Bangalore player playing in his home ground but not for his city & playing for KKR played really well...shud have finished it but he is relatively not matured...giving tense moments to all KKR fans)..Over all the IPL was fantastic, thanks to the BCCI, organizers, players, support staff, cricinfo staff for keeping updated info and fellow bloggers, no hard feelings...All is well that ends well

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 2, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    well done Kolkata and gambhir

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    I was surprised to see a surge of antagonism towards KKR before the finals. Many did not count them as prospects for the finals, leave alone winners. KKR victory underlines the importance of '11 less than superstars' playing as a unit to overwhelm an opposition studded with glam units- the classic David taming Goliath story. There are many key strengths in the KKR unit but ;belief in themselves' stands out. It takes mettle to play Yousuf Pathan despite a million initial failures, it takes 'bottle' to turn their early failures in UAE to 10 straight wins, and it certainly takes a habit of chewing nerves to upstagea total of 200 in the finals after losing the top 2 gun batsmen for 59 runs. Pandey, Uthappa, Gambhir, Kallis, Pathan, Shakib, Umesh, Morney: as individuals they won't blow you away, but as a team KKR are formidable! Well played KXIP but hats off to KKR, a seriously combative champion unit!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Piyo Thanda Jiyo Thanda in Chinnaswamy any total is chase able if the opposition bowls bad which Kings bowlers esp Balaji Awana did even if Kings had scored 220-230 runs as you say they still would have lost as the way these two were feeding short ball after short ball it would have made no difference.Some selections in IPL have bewildered me all thro.Balaji who was inconsistent comes in to play final directly and keeps bowling bad balls Awana who had a bad outting in previous game plays again Sandy exclusion I can understand he doesnt have pace without swing he may go for runs but how better were Balaji Awana compared to Sandy.He atleast corrected his mistake when he went for runs but these two didnt and that cost the loss as the xtra 15-30 runs wont make a huge difference given the stage game and stadium

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 2, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Some punjab fans here are just not willing to give any credit to KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS..IPL CHAMPIONS TWICE.. I mean even your captain was gracious in defeat and praised Kolkata and Manish Pandey for their gutsy performance.. You guys just either don't know cricket or It's just regional patriotism and hate for Kolkata.. Well, We gonna win next year as well.. We gonna be the only team to win it thrice.. Hate more and we will shine more.. Harsha Bhogle, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Samir Kochhar, Gaurav Kapoor, Ajay Jadeja all proved wrong by KKR.. So, Be gracious..Be a rose not a lemon..

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | June 2, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    To those IND'n fans who are jealous of Shakib & always up for taking his credits away & now it was final:

    Shakib from "Bangladesh" 4 - 0 -26 - 0 Comparing to all other bowlers of KKR:

    Morkel from South Africa 4 - 0 - 40 - 0 Didn't had a good day today with the bowl.

    Yadav from INDIA 4-0-29-1 Bowled well still,but that only wicket of Sehwag was not enough for KKR to get rid of 199 on the board.

    Piyush from INDIA 4 - 0 - 44 - 2 Taking those two wickets didn't make much difference at the end including Maxwell because it was Saha & Vohra's day in action & they did the very most but not Maxwell & Miller this time.

    Narine form West Indies 4 - 0 - 46 - 1 Again that wicket of Bailey didn't make any difference later, bowling 1 first great over can't make Narine always better than Shakib because what mattered at the end is bowling economy&again Narine proved to be lazy&sloppy while fielding.

    Now the scenario says if Shakib atleast wouldn't have bowled tight as usual then what would happen

  • POSTED BY The_Sidster on | June 2, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Kings XI should have won. They were the best team in the tournament, across all conditions. KKR would have ended last if the tournament was played out fully in the Middle East.

    KKR also get a huge advantage playing at the Eden with the sort of bowlers they have, and the mindless crowd support. Most teams are afraid of playing there in that sort of atmosphere. Absolutely ordinary bowlers like Chawla, Shakib and Narine, none of whom are capable of test match bowling, become lions in this den.

    Finally, not having a single local player shows the KKR for what it is, a Bollywood franchise. Kings XI deserve everyone's support for giving opportunities to local players. Even Saha had to leave Kolkata to get a contract. Shame on KKR, and I hope they lose big time next season.

  • POSTED BY KRHUSSAINI on | June 2, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    First bad team selection and then bad bating order caused Punjab this defeat. When Sehwag was out early instead of Bailey, Maxwell should have been sent for batting, the results would have been different. However KKR played very well and deserved this victory.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 2, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    @Hasibullah Kabiri- Awana wasn't picked in place of Sandeep Sharma, L Balaji was picked in his place.. Awana was in the team in the previous matches against KKR(Qualifier 1) and CSK(Qualifier 2) too..

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | June 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    A thoroughly professional performance in the run chase by Kolkata who stuck to their guns in a most organized fashion.It was a hard fought game in which Kolkata Knight riders gave an abject lesson in mantaining scoring rate.The decisive moments were Manish Pandey's onslaught in the 17th over which drastically reduced the run rate and Piyush Chawla holding his nerves when hitting Mitchell Johnson for 6.What was remarkable that the match was always in balance even when Gautam Gambhir,Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey were in full flow ,with Kolkata having the marginal edge. Overall a great game of cricket with our Indian boys overshadowing foreign counterparts.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 2, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    WIth 3 ducks in a row To 3 50s inA RoW To TiTle....wat an attitude this man has.....captain intense....hail gautam gambhir.....pRoud of u

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Gambhir par better captain then MSD people just giving saying a lot abt MSD, but i think gambhir is out of indian bcoz of MSD, he knows gambhir was only man who can lead better then him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 2, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    FRom 5 losses In 7 games to 9 straight wins in a row....from chokers tag to 5 straight chasing wins in a row.....2 ipl finals 2 Trophies....wat a spirit wat a team kkr is......take a bow boys.they deserves the trophy more than anyone elsr.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    I'd rather have Bouncy Pitches for T20 Games as it gives bowlers a chance to shine as well as batsman. Indian players need to learn the hard way by playing some matches on bouncy wickets. A good cricket team always has the ability to perform on flat, bouncy and spinning wickets.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | June 2, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    I am sorry but any team that sends its best Batsman (and that too GLEN MAXWELL) at number 5 when there are less than 15 balls left DESERVES to lose. Like many other cricinfo readers who pointed out at half-way stage, I had also strongly felt that Punjab were 15-20 runs short. With extremely short square boundaries (less than 60m) on either side, 200 was very gettable as Gambhir & co mentioned at the post match conference.

    This was a great IPL, the best in my opinion. Thanks to all teams and organizers for this wonderful tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    I think the trophy was gifted by Punjab to Kolkata by the type of selection they did for the final game. I don't know the reason of picking Awana and giving rest to sandeep??? Awana was expensive all over the series whereas sandeep showed some character in his bowling. Can anyone explain???

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | June 2, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    its pitty that Miller didnt get to bat more than just 1 ball , he could have done lot more damage other wise , Saha should have got out before the last couple of overs because of that KXIP achieved less than what they should have

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    @EntryHoledia I agree with your point Kings had a weak bowling line up no doubts about that but this line up has defended scores in previous instances CSK is a stronger lineup considering KKR they have the national and international stars they tamed them but against KKR it was more of bad choice of bowlers and those bowlers choosing to bowl worst deliveries I guess Balaji Awana thought themselves to be Mitch or Steyn or Morkel and the speed of their deliveries at 150 case but reality is both are 120-130 case bowlers and they should have bowled block hole or good length deliveries pitching the ball up instead of going short they bowled bad kings lost as simple as that

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    What a game of cricket both teams played well and your young talent was showcased Saha and Vohra played beautifully smacking Narine Morkel and every bowler who came on their way being 56-2 at halfway mark they scored 140 odd runs in next 10 excellent performance.I feel sorry for saha vohra and Bailey with limited bowling resources from India they lost the game.Parvinder Awana feels bad when he is not selected for India but given the way he has been bowling I dont think he even deserves a place in India C team.Awana and Balaji were generous in feeding batsmen with short balls they sat back and smacked them.Balaji was in for Sandy I guess sandy may have been better than him short ball half tracker full toss he was simply feeding the batsmen Awana after the last game must have dropped but played and leaked runs.Many say Chawla's six of Mitch's last ball turned the game but doing a Dhoni here I will say even if Awana had 15 runs to defend he would have leaked them too

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | June 2, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    This is KKR's 3rd straight win against Punjab. I think the results speak for themselves and KKR are deserved champions racking off 9 wins in a row. All hail Kolkata, IPL cricket champions for 2014!

  • POSTED BY sujeemuller on | June 2, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Sad to see Maxwel and Miller hiding without using them..first 10 overs of KXip inning shows how negative they were. . Hope they will trust Maxwel because I feel final was the Maxwel century day. . Very angry they didn't give him that chance. . Maxwel knows that very well. .

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    After watching the IPL Final last night, I know understand what t20 cricket was invented for, and how it should be played. T20 cricket is all about big sixes and high scores. 200 v 200 is the perfect outcome, no one wants to watch a low scoring game. The venue was picked because it had the highest average score for the tournament, and it was an absolute road. It resulted in one of the most entertaining t20s of all time.

    Cricket Australia and the ECB should take note. Bring the boundaries in and prepare flat tracks for the t20s. High scoring games = big crowds = $$$

    On the other hand, test cricket (and Shield cricket) should be more bowler friendly. Low scoring games are generally the most exciting. Greentops and pitches with plenty of bounce are ideal.

    ODI cricket needs to be a combination of the above.

    If there is a clear distinction between the three different formats, each can survive and prove a purpose. The key: Pitches.

  • POSTED BY Saif1482 on | June 2, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Ashkar Patel's economy rate in the final was undoubtedly outstanding, and it's worth-mentioning more than once; but what about Shakib Al Hasan's? Didn't he stand against the flow during the King's XI innings with only 6.50? And this is not new at all-- I remember, having conceding only 13 off his four overs against Delhi on May 07, far better than any of the bowlers in that match, Shakib wasn't even mentioned for a single time in the match report! And hasn't he been a consistent performer with the ball, at least from the economy rate perspective?

  • POSTED BY Insult_2_Injury on | June 2, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    What a surprise that Maxwell failed when most needed! Story of his career.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 2, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    The way Gambhir failed with the bat in 1st four matches, no body would have thought, KKR will win the title.... even after that initial flops, GG's captaincy was not effected. He was excellent & growing with confidence after each game !!!! I believe after Lynn's mind blowing out field catch against RCB, KKR got that winning spree going till the FINAL !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    @ THEBIGBOODHA, Your observations are quite ordinary. I tell you that Chawla was in perfect position to hit Mitchel Johnson 150 kph delivery. He took the short ball inside his right shoulder, which is perfect for a lefty. It came right of the middle of the bat. You say he won't last 1 delivery in test macth, May I ask on what basis?? He is a bowler anyway.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 2, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    First of All congratulation to KKR my fvrt side always in IPL forever just due to SRK and Wasim Akram. But also I felt sad when Punjab lost that match because they deserved to have a Title also. But unfortunately they lost and the reason was not best bowling side Punjab had. Punjab had just one experienced bowler Mitchel Johnson and remaining all local club boys whose line and length was very bad. I personally don't like Awana as a bowler and also Karnveer Singh. They both have no line and idea that how and where to ball. But on the other side KKR had best bowlers but they also conceeded too many runs but a great knock of Manish Pandey brings his team on the winning track since start and their RR was not came down from 9 which was a great thing. And finally Piyush Chawala did the rest well. So very good and sensational match. Congratulation once again to KKR on their great win.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | June 2, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    KXP paid the price of relying too heavily on local bowling stocks that were not of the highest standard. You don't expect much from the likes of Awana, Balaji or karamweer singh. Akshar is the pick of IPL and Johnson showed his class on quiet a few deliveries specially against Gambhir who hopped around couple of times. Johnson suffered from shorter boundaries on few occasions as well. In the first half shakib continued to show his class and refused to give in to extremely batting conditions while all other of his counterparts suffered from stage set for indian batsmen looking good after a lengthy exercise of 60 IPL games. There is also a dire need to analyse IPL7 as two IPL legs to get the real picture.

  • POSTED BY TheBrilliant on | June 2, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Congratulations to KKR!!! Excellent show by KXIP all this season!!! This was an excellent IPL so far. Interesting fact was many uncapped players did very well for their team, making the indian selector a tough job to choose upon. Foreign players contribution was very less, except few matches from Maxi, Smith, Warner, Simmons, Narine and DeVilliers.

    My humble request to the IPL management : It is really unfair to call any teams with the city names (Kolkatta, Mumbai, Chennai etc.,) this is not a Ranji trophy played between states, all the team combined with some wonderful players all over the world, even from other states in India. They can be named something else in common. Let the People choose their favorite team based on their favorite players, not based on their state or city.

    CricInfo Friends, the team fight together wins on their day. It is meaningless to call any specific team as the best. Remember your best team was defected by other teams as well...!!!

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 2, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    What a "GRAND FINALE" to wrap up the IPL 2014.. It was really a "Sunday Special" at its best !! K-ing K-han R-ocks in style after one of the best chase in IPL history !!!

  • POSTED BY entryholedia on | June 2, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Its George Bailey's mentoring the young guns of KXIP that has brought some of the excellent talents of Indian Cricket-patel, saha ,vohra. Now about the match -this was what is called a 'Flat Track Bully' and in hindi jargon a 'patta pitch' & so someone with experience of altering the pace of the ball could thrive & control the match . Consider the fact that Sunil Narine the mystery bowler ( since batsmen have yet to fathom his genre of bowiling- Off spin or leg spin ?) one of the most 'miser' bowlers in the international arena with his fantastic variations can be taken for a carting around the park by cross batted swishes(CBW) points to only one aspect- that since the pitch offers no help at all & the ball comes straight off a length and so the CBW style thrived . Same with the Morkel one of the most dangerous quick bowlers was taken for a ride for plenty . So what to talk of Balaji , Mr Mitchy Johnson one of the feared bowlers @150mph et al is taken for all & sundry & so was awana . Believe me even Sandeep Sharma would have been blasted out . KXIP from the beginning till the final rode on their blitzkrieg style for 200 plus totals so that the opposition even with the limited bowling resources could restrict the other side since 200 plus target is stiff mind you . Some time or the other the opposition would thrive against this weak bowling & when a pitch is what it was a absolute 'Patta' . While For a moment forget Shah Rukh Khan , the tenacity of KKR team must be appreciated

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | June 2, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Johnson's short ball cost Punjab the final and title. I guess Punjab did not know enough about Chawla - Chawla is no rabbit with the bat. Johnson was doing so well in penultimate over, it should have been full or yorker instead of a short pitched one. Any way again a Bangalore lad (Manish P) shined in KKR win though was looking forward to Uthappa's class.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    gambhir showed doni how to lead aggressively.In spite of starting the season with ducks he did not shy away and opened the innings, not bothered about his individual average(doni play to be not out rather than a kill).KKR never went after the bowling but planned to score at least 10 runs in an over and if gets chance to score more in an over scored it.Thats why in spite of Patel they were able to acheive.Mr Dhoni, learn from Bailey how to answer after defeat.Bealey was gracious not blamed his players .The best 2 teams of the tournament played in the final which was close and the defeat to Punjab not that bad like CSK who wasted Raina's (best knock of the tournament)

  • POSTED BY vivekanandanarulmozhi on | June 2, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    As expected Maxwell is always failed against the best bowling unit, He is only hitting well against the weakest bowling like CSK, SRH ( Couple of catches dropped, couple of times out and then it was no-ball ), RR ( average bowling team ). 4 times failed against KKR in this season. Hope next time all teams find a way for maxwell like KKR and next season maxwell will failed like Gayle.

  • POSTED BY subratachakrabarty on | June 2, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Well, 8th straight and final win for KKR for IPL7. Congratulations KKR. This was anybody's game till 12th over. One of the best inning was that of Saha's. Akshar Patel was impressive. But things slipped from KXIP in the last ball of 19th over, when Johnson was hit for 6 and I knew that there was no requirement to bowl the final over, virtually speaking. KXIP played with lot of guts and passion; however, it was not enough for the Knights. Congratulations KKR and good luck KXIP for IPL8. I sincerely hope you win the next IPL season.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | June 2, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Last 2 matches indian batsman played superbly, sehwag, raina, saha and pandey. bad luck to KXI but good season for them to reach alteast final.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    KXIP couldn't repeat the heroics of the Dolphins earlier this year. Miller almost got himself into two champion teams. I hope KXIP fans cheer for the Dolphins and Hobart in CLT20 when KXIP aren't playing against them because they are the local teams for Miller and Bailey and hopefully the fans know that.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Congratulations kkr. Very good played by Pandey ans very good bowling from Sakib.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 1, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    Korbo lorbo jitbo re.... yes.. kkr won

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Perhaps best final and best IPL match ever just because Indian players raised they games, all big name players didnt perform but the Pandeys, Vohras and Saha raised they game and showed they mean buiness and capable of getting into Team India

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 1, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Great game, worthy of a finale. Loved Sahas batting, Dhoni watch out, better clean up your keeping.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    The major mistake kings xi is playing awaana ,they could have played rishi or sandeep after he was hit out of the park by chennai,whose decision not known but very big blunder

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | June 1, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Punjab bowling selection was all nuts lacking any consistency. Why pick Awana over Sundeep? Why play Balaji in the final? How come Johnson played all games even though he was inconsistent through out...

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    I think, in t20 format understanding of pitch is crucial one. After Losing early two wickets, kings Xi didn't take enough risk to get high score. Although 200 target is not bad, at the end of day, it is proof not enough for that pitch and their blowing line. kkr overcome the target smoothly apart from loosing wickets at last. However , the match was enjoyable. KXIP deserve the champion the way they played whole tournament.But it is necessary to be lucky to get that crown.

  • POSTED BY nade123 on | June 1, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    Great win for KKR. I think Chawla's six of MJ was the difference. Shows how mediocre the best fast bowlers of current generation are. How on earth did he mange to bowl that kind of a ball at the moment of the game ? Just left millions scratching the heads!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 1, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    lucky kkr wins ipl. it is tough to perform in 3 knock out games in a row.not even a single team has done that except MI but kkr were lucky to win impirtant tosses and dropped catches by other teams. to me ounjab are real winners who made life difficult for all other teams. flawless play by punjab deserve to win ipl but kke ride more on luck than individual play and team effort.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    the best moment of the match was when chawla hit that 4 and the flag fell off preety zinta's hand. for KKR nothing to say anymore. I loved the way they mauled punjab 3 times in a row.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 1, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    awesome display on how to chase a big target by KKR.... not only big hits but the rigoures running btw d wickets won dem the match... panday finally played well wen KKR needed it most....

  • POSTED BY Karan_cricketfan on | June 1, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    What a chase by KKR and Pandey. KKR chasing down a record total to win the IPL for the 2nd time.

  • POSTED BY Karan_cricketfan on | June 1, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Now where are those few who said KKR only win because of Uthappa and Narine? And even if Uthappa and Narine are the main reasons KKR win (which they're not) - what's wrong with that? Every team is suppose to have match winners like that.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | June 1, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Very good ipl final . akshar patel is superb prospect for india. What happened to the best balling side of ipl - only Shakib al Hasan balled well and the rest got ripped apart !

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | June 1, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Nothing against KKR. But I wanted KXIP to win their first title. Congrats KKR. Good team effort. Pandey was outstanding.

    Overseas batsmen's contribution with the bat in the last two matches.

    CSK v KXIP:

    Maxwell-13, Miller-38, Bailey-1, Johnson-1* Smith-7, Faf-0, BMac-11, DHussey-1

    KKR v KXIP finals:

    Bailey-1, Maxwell-0, Miller-1*, Shakib-12, RTD-4, Narine-2*.

    Out of 14 innings only Miller scored more than 13. IPL 7 has been the tournament for Indian players. Orange cap-Uthappa, purple cap- Mohit, emerging player Apatel. Two centuries from Sehwag and Saha. Lots of other young talent on show, Sandeep, KNair, Vohra, Samson, Chahal , the list goes on....... But not to forget M&M show, they started ipl with a bang. Thanks all for the entertainment. It's has been a throughly enjoyable 6weeks.

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | June 1, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    well Done KKR....my team won!!!! Specially for Gambhir!! Also great thanks to Manish Pandey.. what a gutsy innings...and Piyush you boy...outstanding with bat!!! When matters you hit a 6 to Johnson!!!!

  • POSTED BY ashamilton on | June 1, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Only 15 Crores to a winning team when yuvraj bought by RCB for 14 crores??

  • POSTED BY Manoj1234 on | June 1, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    This was truly a 'Indian' Premier league. The Indian players shined this season. Good season. Well deserved tournament win by KKR!

  • POSTED BY sarthak.ghosh on | June 1, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Amazing from KKR. Tough luck Punjab. The two best teams went into the final. In the end has to said KKR deserved it more considering the way they turned around their fortunes. I'll admit after the auctions I thought KKR had no chance. Forget about winning even reaching the play offs. But well I was proved so wrong. KKR proved to be the most methodical, team. They did not demolish oppositions but won games clinically. Always remained in control of the game. This was a thorough team effort by KKR (including the management, coaches and all). Still would like to especially mention Robin, Narine, Pandey, Pathan, Sakib, Chawla, Gambhir. Well done and congrats KKR.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 1, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Team finishing on second in league staged has won ipl since 2011.

  • POSTED BY ashamilton on | June 1, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Good to see Karnataka players Uthappa Pandey Karun Gopal showed their consistent performances throughout this IPL which RCB should realize their mistake by not selecting own Karnataka players which is very very sad. A good lesson for RCB who simply wasted 14 crores to one player

  • POSTED BY landsite on | June 1, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Wild swiping will work against Narine sometimes as it did today,still he should have had more than one wicket.The LBW against Saha in the last over was plumb,he also dropped Saha off his own bowling,and Uthappa's stumping should have been given,his glove tips were slightly in front of the stumps,by millimeters.With more sensible field placing,and proper usage of his bowlers...KKR would have kept Punjab down to 160.Gambir is not a studious captain.KKR needs an Australian to captain the team.

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | June 1, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    KKR has the best bowling unit in the IPL and got 200 scored off them, so what chance did KXIP stand with stemming the flow of runs on that ground. So hats off to them for keeping the game alive right to the last over and giving the fans a great game.

  • POSTED BY remnant on | June 1, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    This was a total paisa vasool performance. Congrats KKR But seriously the KKR batsmen always make a mess while chasing in their eagerness to finish the game two overs early. Four batsmen: Shakib, Tendo, Manish & Yadav got out when the score was around 20+ . This was when the target was so near as to avoid unnecessary risks. I fail to understand why KKR never tries the singles approach to when the target is near a run a ball. Why can't u convert a few singles into twos and close the match safely. Anyways great run everyone in KKR team!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 1, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    today finaly robin failed ..bt one more karbataka lad shown worth congrtuletion kkr ..

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | June 1, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    1. Can't understand the persistence with Awana. A guy who gives away 33 runs in an over shouldn't be playing cricket. 2. Why no Sandeep Sharma, a genuine wicket taker ???

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Teamwork can make a team from zero to hero. Here KKR is the example.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 1, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    what an innings by pandey and pathan. well played saha and vohra. kkrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 1, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    KKR vs KXIP is like Nadal vs Federer this Season .

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 1, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Its the team selection that went wrong for punjab , why they selected balaji ahead of sandeep sharma is unexplainable.

  • POSTED BY Retour on | June 1, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Great chase by KKR. The RRR was always kept under control. Enjoy the 2nd title! .... As for the Kings 11, better luck next time. Bailey's captaincy was very poor. 1st he dropped Sandeep who has the habit of picking up wkts, 2nd he unnecessarily promoted himself, 3rd kept on bowling leg leg-spinner Karanveer who despite picking up wkts gave the momentum to KKR. Bailey could have slipped in a few overs from from guys such as Maxwell. Poor captaincy was probably one of the key reasons why Kings lost.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | June 1, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    KKR in the end deserved it and clearly have the superior and most balanced team. In all honestly had they gotten their selections correct right at the start of the tournament, they would've most likely won all those games. KKR winning should be a good lesson for all the other teams that big recruitments doesn't necessarily guarantee you success!!! each and every player in this KKR team has contributed in whatever way they can hence the victory! congrats on a second victory in IPL and thoroughly deserved. Great final and commiserations to King XI who played fantastically well throughout the campaign.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | June 1, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    And yeah, the team batting second won in the last over. Whoever could have predicted it? Maybe it is time to admit the truth about T20

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | June 1, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Chawla, a man who averages two in tests and five in ODIs, brings it home slogging the world's best fast bowler cross-bat while in a terrible position over the fence via a mishit. Welcome to the brave new world of instant heroes that is the IPL.

    Wouldn't last an over in a test in real conditions.

  • POSTED BY King900 on | June 1, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Bowling Coaches - What role do they play in IPL ? Kings Punjab bowlers kept on bowling short. Why ? Balaji was the main culprit including the experienced Mitchell Johnson.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 1, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Beautiful knock there by Saha! Congratulations! It's only the end of the first innings, but already I bet many people's Fantasy League hopes have been dashed. Who'd have thought the likes of Sehwag, Maxwell, Miller and Narine are, in all likelihood, not going to have any significant impact in this final!

  • POSTED BY gautam_the_matrix on | June 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Punjab were 140 for 2, the same score what mumbai had in the eliminator match. But Punjab showed how to finish the innings STRONGLY... making it 199 for 4. Batsmen did their job. Now it's the time for the bowler to do their job properly. Wriddhiman Saha "U BEAUTY" played the best knock of this IPL and in the FINAL.All the best Punjab...

  • POSTED BY Chandramouli.G on | June 1, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Not sure why KKR did not play the local boy, Vinay Kumar. I guess he is also the captain of the Karnataka team that won the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup. This might even cost them a Title!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Why not Sandeep Sharma again? I thought he was bowling better than Johnson, finally we have a youngster who can mandate Indian duties and here we go he is not even selected for an IPL team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Why not Sandeep Sharma again? I thought he was bowling better than Johnson, finally we have a youngster who can mandate Indian duties and here we go he is not even selected for an IPL team.

  • POSTED BY Chandramouli.G on | June 1, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Not sure why KKR did not play the local boy, Vinay Kumar. I guess he is also the captain of the Karnataka team that won the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup. This might even cost them a Title!!!

  • POSTED BY gautam_the_matrix on | June 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Punjab were 140 for 2, the same score what mumbai had in the eliminator match. But Punjab showed how to finish the innings STRONGLY... making it 199 for 4. Batsmen did their job. Now it's the time for the bowler to do their job properly. Wriddhiman Saha "U BEAUTY" played the best knock of this IPL and in the FINAL.All the best Punjab...

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 1, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Beautiful knock there by Saha! Congratulations! It's only the end of the first innings, but already I bet many people's Fantasy League hopes have been dashed. Who'd have thought the likes of Sehwag, Maxwell, Miller and Narine are, in all likelihood, not going to have any significant impact in this final!

  • POSTED BY King900 on | June 1, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Bowling Coaches - What role do they play in IPL ? Kings Punjab bowlers kept on bowling short. Why ? Balaji was the main culprit including the experienced Mitchell Johnson.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | June 1, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Chawla, a man who averages two in tests and five in ODIs, brings it home slogging the world's best fast bowler cross-bat while in a terrible position over the fence via a mishit. Welcome to the brave new world of instant heroes that is the IPL.

    Wouldn't last an over in a test in real conditions.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | June 1, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    And yeah, the team batting second won in the last over. Whoever could have predicted it? Maybe it is time to admit the truth about T20

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | June 1, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    KKR in the end deserved it and clearly have the superior and most balanced team. In all honestly had they gotten their selections correct right at the start of the tournament, they would've most likely won all those games. KKR winning should be a good lesson for all the other teams that big recruitments doesn't necessarily guarantee you success!!! each and every player in this KKR team has contributed in whatever way they can hence the victory! congrats on a second victory in IPL and thoroughly deserved. Great final and commiserations to King XI who played fantastically well throughout the campaign.

  • POSTED BY Retour on | June 1, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Great chase by KKR. The RRR was always kept under control. Enjoy the 2nd title! .... As for the Kings 11, better luck next time. Bailey's captaincy was very poor. 1st he dropped Sandeep who has the habit of picking up wkts, 2nd he unnecessarily promoted himself, 3rd kept on bowling leg leg-spinner Karanveer who despite picking up wkts gave the momentum to KKR. Bailey could have slipped in a few overs from from guys such as Maxwell. Poor captaincy was probably one of the key reasons why Kings lost.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 1, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Its the team selection that went wrong for punjab , why they selected balaji ahead of sandeep sharma is unexplainable.