June 1, 2014
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.
ravi shout-stri— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) June 1, 2014
And the costumes. Never forget the costumes.
the storytellers lined up for the start pic.twitter.com/7x4lIjd2Pu— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 1, 2014
KKR elected to field, and Kings XI's scoring ticked off with Manan Vohra getting Morne Morkel away through third man for four.
As Harsha tries to point out that it was an edge that went for 4, LS chimes in with "it doesn't matter". Perfect salesman LS is.— Subash Jayaraman (@thecricketcouch) June 1, 2014
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.
George Bailey promotes himself up the order in a big game. Dhoni nods in approval.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 1, 2014
That didn't work out too well. Sunil Narine knocked him over with his first ball.
How dare Narine bowl Bailey! He should be doing throwdowns in the nets in Jamaica today...— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) June 1, 2014
Wickets down, bowlers on top, it was time to go back to the basics. For everyone.
Danny, it's Pandey and not Pandy and hence doesn't rhyme with Handy. Thanks...— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 1, 2014
Wriddhiman Saha and Manan Vohra took their time rebuilding, which meant David Miller and Glenn Maxwell kept waiting in the dug-out.
Kings XI been watching England compile an innings yesterday?— Sim Mahon (@SimUKCricket) June 1, 2014
Meanwhile, at Roland Garros, it was all over for someone.
Federer can now calmly watch the IPL final— Sidvee (@sidvee) June 1, 2014
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.
Dont understand wat the fuss is about.To me Kings 11 have got this one bang on.Totally free are miller and maxi to go bang bang from here.— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) June 1, 2014
Saha had plundered 60 off 33 balls when Narine dropped a skier to give him a life.
narine can work on his high catching when he joins the west indies camp after this game…oh wait— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) June 1, 2014
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.
Piyush Chawla just did a backwards roly-poly, he's cuter than a cuddle from a koala bear.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 1, 2014
Saha plundered an eye-popping 100. Maxwell and Miller had nothing to do. KKR were left chasing 200.
Spiderman < Batman < Superman < Wriddhiman #IPL— cricBC (@cricBC) June 1, 2014
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.
Rameez: That ball came off the middle of the edge. eh! How? #PepsiIPL— Mohan Krishnamoorthy (@mohank) June 1, 2014
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.
Manish Pandey understands the need to finish this quick. Bangalore boys don't mess with the 11:30 curfew.— Sidvee (@sidvee) June 1, 2014
Pandey was on 60 off 35 balls when Bailey put down a leading edge at cover.
Herschelle Gibbs will soon be trending.— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) June 1, 2014
Yusuf holed out off Karanveer Singh, but Pandey played on like a man possessed, hitting the next ball for a six.
"14 off the over. Just what KKR wanted" Why? 20 is a bad number? #IPLFINAL— HoldingWilley (@holdingwilley) June 1, 2014
After MANan and WridhiMAN, it's the turn of MANish. MAN day at Chinnaswamy. #IPL— Epitome Of Sarcasm (@Himanshu__007) June 1, 2014
George Bailey produced a special direct hit for the second time in two game to send back Shakib-Al-Hasan.
Once Jonty retires, MI will grab Bailey as their fielding coach #KXIPvsKKR— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) June 1, 2014
Pandey's magnificent effort ended at 96. Game on?
Tension on the faces of Bangalore crowd as they think of the commute back home...— Nirmala4PM (@sidin) June 1, 2014
Johnson came off with 15 needed off 12, and Suryakumar Yadav promptly holed out. Over to KKR's longish tail.
Narine is going to win it and say: 'Yeh WICB, talk nah'— Sidvee (@sidvee) June 1, 2014
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.
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— Sidvee (@sidvee) June 1, 2014
At the end of the day, did the best team win?
Ok, at the end of the day, cricket was the winner?
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