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

June 1, 2014

This time for KKR

Nitin Sundar

IPL final. Almost everyone is watching. Everyone else better be watching.

Regardless of whether you were watching or not, the noise would have found you.

And the costumes. Never forget the costumes.

KKR elected to field, and Kings XI's scoring ticked off with Manan Vohra getting Morne Morkel away through third man for four.

Virender Sehwag flopped this time around. His innings was not much to write home about.

That explained it. Punjab threw in a surprise at No. 3, sending in someone who'd not batted at that position all season.

That didn't work out too well. Sunil Narine knocked him over with his first ball.

Wickets down, bowlers on top, it was time to go back to the basics. For everyone.

Wriddhiman Saha and Manan Vohra took their time rebuilding, which meant David Miller and Glenn Maxwell kept waiting in the dug-out.

Meanwhile, at Roland Garros, it was all over for someone.

Saha and Vohra turned it on gradually - first against Piyush Chawla and then against Sunil Narine. Both of them brought up 50s as Punjab surged.

Saha had plundered 60 off 33 balls when Narine dropped a skier to give him a life.

After a partnership of 129 in 12 overs, Piyush Chawla barely managed to collect a steepler to dismiss Vohra. The ball rebounded off his hands onto his face and he somehow maintained enough composure to complete the catch.

Saha plundered an eye-popping 100. Maxwell and Miller had nothing to do. KKR were left chasing 200.

Kolkata's chase got off to a horror start when Robin Uthappa's red-hot streak of form ended in the opening over.

All going per plan for Punjab then. Where have we seen this before?

Gautam Gambhir kept counter-punching with a series of early boundaries through the offiside. Not all of them came off the middle.

Scratch that. They all did.

Manish Pandey led the fightback, and Yusuf Pathan joined in the run-fest. Kolkata kept pace with the required rate to set up a thrilling finish.

Pandey was on 60 off 35 balls when Bailey put down a leading edge at cover.

Yusuf holed out off Karanveer Singh, but Pandey played on like a man possessed, hitting the next ball for a six.

George Bailey produced a special direct hit for the second time in two game to send back Shakib-Al-Hasan.

Pandey's magnificent effort ended at 96. Game on?

Johnson came off with 15 needed off 12, and Suryakumar Yadav promptly holed out. Over to KKR's longish tail.

Piyush Chawla held his nerve, hooking Johnson for six in the 19th over, and then carving Parvinder Awana through the offside to give KKR the title.

At the end of the day, did the best team win?

Ok, at the end of the day, cricket was the winner?

#Ok.

Nitin Sundar is social media manager at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets @knittins

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Posted by baghels.a on (June 2, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

@JustIPL, i know last few matches must have been so hard for you to watch with young Indian talent overshadowing foreign stars, enough to give you sleepless nights, cmmon be gracious in your defeat and give credit to Indian youngsters rather looking for ridiculous excuses, is there any chance you a fan from one of our lovely neighboring countries ?? it is not JustIPL but it has been Just Indians this IPL !!!

Posted by JustIPL on (June 1, 2014, 20:55 GMT)

Indian fans were dying to see indian players come good above all others and that was staged for them in the final. Every IPL season unknown players come to limelight and get done n dusted before the next IPL season. Lets see what happens to this years' talent and how much risk indian selectors will take with them.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

Funny Best of the lot for me is by Sidvee :- "Piyush Chawla: 13 runs, two wickets, 1 catch, a broken tooth, and nearly a death by a marauding Robin Uthappa at the end. Take a bow" - Broken tooth& a near death by marading Robin!! Wow I can't hold my somach laughing... Ravishastri has even gone one step ahead..

Posted by Retour on (June 1, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Congrats to KKR who controlled the RRR very well! .... As for Kings11, one of the key reasons for the loss was poor captaincy. Bailey a) dropped Sandeep who has picked up early wkts in this IPL, b) unnecessarily promoted himself at 3, c) kept bowling the helpless legspinner Karanveer who despite picking up wkts gave the momentum to KKR. Bailey could have slipped in a few overs from guys such as Maxwell. Every over Karanveer bowled, it appeared as if he could go for at least 20 runs .... Next yr, Punbaj will need to strengthen its bowling and may be change the captaincy

Posted by wapuser on (June 1, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

After blistering knock by saha its naaaraine naaraine.

Posted by Ammo666 on (June 1, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

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

Shakib from "BD" 4 - 0 -26 - 0 comparing to all other bowlers of KKR:

Morkel from SA 4 - 0 - 40 - 0 Haven't had a good day.

Yadav from IND 4-0-29-1 Bowled well still, but that only wicket of Sehwag was not enough for KKR.

Piyush from IND 4 - 0 - 44 - 2 Taking these two didn't make any difference at the end including Maxwell because it was Saha & Vohra's day in action but not Maxwell & Miller this time.

Narine form WI 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 on the field.

So overall the scenario says especially due to Piyush & Narine's spell Punjab has been able score this much followed by Morkel & don't forget this is the FINAL match..so now if KKR loses then its for them LOL!

Posted by Kashi0127 on (June 1, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

I am switching off my TV and going to sleep. There is nothing left after Uthappa got out.

Posted by android_user on (June 1, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

This time its time for Saha and Vohra to take charge of the situation. The law of averages caught hold of the hitherto formidable dual of Max and Miller. The young lions held the innings together with controlled aggression.. Saha is amazing...KKR keep their fingers crossed and hectic task on hand..

Posted by JustIPL on (June 1, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

A flat pitch aided by shorter boundaries set the stage for saha and vohra. faster bowlers were easy to be put away due to their enough pace to send over shorter boundary, while against narine quality vohra played some ridiculous strokes and had no clue at times. Saha/Vohra wont fine these conditions anywhere else where faster balls take ages to come to your bat. It was unfair with foreign batsmen this time, baily too early, maxwell and miller too late in the innings. Stage was also set for sehwag but may be he was told to give way to vohra/saha both of whom are in the indian side, i think, to face BD and Eng.

Posted by wapuser on (June 1, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Veer vs jara . Love both of you. Both teams are fantastic. We are amused by you.

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