232dThe Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Kolkata take title after Bisla blitz

The headlining performance came from little-known Manvinder Bisla as Kolkata Knight Riders prised the IPL trophy out of Chennai Super Kings' hands

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

MS Bisla
89(48) 8x4 - 5x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 38 runs
  • 5x4 - 2x6
6 6 1 9 22 21 9 15
SK Raina
SK Raina
73(38) 3x4 - 5x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 29 runs
  • 1x4 - 3x6
3 1 5 10 30 7 11 6

Best performances - Bowlers

BW Hilfenhaus
R Bhatia

Match Details


Chennai Super Kings , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Kolkata Knight Riders won the 2012 Indian Premier League


Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.05

Match days

27 May 2012 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Abhishek Purohit

That brings us to an end of the fifth season of the Indian Premier League. We will have a comprehensive tournament review package tomorrow for you to read. For the moment, I can offer you Siddarth Ravindran's match report. Abhishek Purohit signing off, along with Suneer Chowdhary, and our scorer Sanjay Murari, and all my colleagues who brought the season's action to you. Cheers

For the first time, Kolkata Knight Riders lift the IPL trophy

Gautam Gambhir: "Only one word comes in mind again, mission accomplished. I thought whenever the situation came, the guys would stand up. This one is for Kolkata. Balaji has been our unsung hero. We were playing for him, Missing such a game in front of his home crowd was big. Chasing 195 against defending champions in their backyard shows the character of Bisla. It proves captain is only as good as his team. Team makes successful captain, Successful captain does not make successful team. There is only one time I have taken out my pads in the tournament, and that day we could not chase against Kings XI. Since then I have not taken off my pads. Kolkata have supported us throughout, this one us for them."

KKR players get their winners' medals now. Bisla leads the side

MS Dhoni: "I thought the ball started coming on slightly better in the second half. Bisla and Kallis got the partnership KKR needed. Cricket is a game of plus ten minus ten. It is always like that. Under the conditions, we batted well. It was a bit slower in the first innings. Batsmen did a good job. Not to forget we could have looked for 200 and ended up with 170. Our bowlers were not getting reverse swing. Then it becomes easy for the fast bowlers to execute the wide yorkers. I am happy with our performance."

CSK players come up to collect their runners-up medals.

Player of the Season is Sunil Narine. Narine: "It has been a pleasure coming here and performing. Hopefully I am picked for the England series, and I can go down there and give it my all."

Loud cheers as the great Rahul Dravid walks up to receive the Fairplay Award. Dravid: "Don't think the award had to do anything with me. The boys bowled their overs in time, and that had a big part to play in it. It was an incredible final."

Orange Cap to Chris Gayle, Purple Cap to Morne Morkel, presented to his brother Albie

Mandeep Singh, the Kings XI batsman, is the Rising Star of the tournament. Mandeep: "Would have felt even happier had my team made it here. Had a good domestic season, and my preparation was good as well. Would like to thank Vikram bhai [Rathore, the Punjab coach]. Dream is to play for India, for at least ten years." Not a bad dream to have, and looks like he has the capability to make it come true

Manvinder Bisla is the Man of the Match. Bisla: "Feeling very happy, I played my part, Brendon is a class player, his record speaks for himself, due to Balaji's injury, we had to leave him out, I am lucky I got a chance, Till the last ball, it did not feel like we had made it."

Presentation starts now, finally

From being the joke of the IPL for the first three seasons to champions has been some journey for Kolkata Knight Riders. They invested in a different team, they invested in a new leader in Gautam Gambhir, and they have the title in the second season with the new team

The highest chase easily in an IPL final this. Only once has the side batting second won the IPL, when Rajasthan Royals chased 163 off the last ball in 2008, against CSK. Today's pitch was the same on which CSK chased 205 against RCB earlier this season

Manvinder Bisla: "I don't think I have hit as well, good to play this in the finals to help win it for my team. There was no plan, wanted to go out there to enjoy, after Gambhir got out, I felt a tad tensed but after getting one or two to the fence, I got the confidence. Kallis is a legend, batting along side him was a great opportunity, he asked me to keep it simple and get going. I am happy from inside (when asked to smile by Pommie Mbwanga!)"

Brendon McCullum: "Pretty satisfied. We have had four hard years. To come out in tough conditions and chase 195 against CSK is very satisfying. People back in Kolkata and Bengal will be proud of us. We have been relaxed the whole way through. We never lost the belief in our own abilities

Trevor Bayliss, KKR coach: "We played a team game throughout. The partnership between Bisla and Kallis was the winning one. People said we could not do it without Gautam scoring runs, but we proved we could tonight. Wicket tonight was a lot better batting wicket than the one we played on here few weeks ago."

Shah Rukh Khan: "i want to thank Gautam and my boys."

L Balaji: "We are one family and we did what we wanted to do from day one. We stuck to each other, ultimately it paid off, great feeling to lift the trophy."

Jacques Kallis: "No, not easy to run those ones and twos, lot of hard work, you put hard work and get results like this, it feels good. Being an allrounder is hard work. CSK are a champion side, credit to our guys to beat them at their home ground, they don't get beaten a lot here. Chasing 195 It is a little bit old age I think [jokes about the hamstring]. But it should be alright. We did not panic, that was the key. At times, you can panic chasing 195."

Brett Lee: "It is not only about those who played tonight. Everyone has done a brilliant job, guys who played through the tournament, coach, support staff. I had my batting gloves on, I was very nervous, but that is T20 cricket. That is why Jacques Kallis is the best in the world."

SRK is embracing whoever comes close to him.

Yusuf Pathan: "The way Gautam has captained in the last two years, it is comparable to Shane Warne [at Rajasthan]. He has supported the players a lot. We have played as a team. We enjoyed each others' success. I got to play the role in the semi-final, today Bisla and Kallis did it. The way Bisla was in and out of the team, he did very well. It was tough to leave out a top player like McCullum."

Sunil Narine: "Coming in a big tournament and having a big impact is huge. But it is about 11 players."

Wasim Akram: "I have won World Cup for Pakistan, but this is very different feeling. I am very happy. Knowing our owner SRK, it is going to be a madhouse."

Shakib Al Hasan: "I dont think we will be able to sleep tonight. I think Shah Rukh has gone mad. I dont know what he is doing."

Shah Rukh Khan clambers up onto the railing of the stand he is in and waves his arms. KKR squad rush out on to the field. Dhoni shakes hands with everyone. Gautam Gambhir strides out, Jacques Kallis being lifted by one of his team-mates, a disappointed Dhoni and Ashwin walk away. Yusuf smiles broadly, Bravo shaking his head in disappointment. Wasim Akram looks very happy. Ryan ten Doeschate lifts Gambhir high into the air. Captain embraces the matchwinner Bisla

Bravo to Tiwary, FOUR runs, KKR have won the IPL, Manoj Tiwary seals it with a pull off a short ball through square leg

Dhoni's face giving nothing away

Bravo to Tiwary, FOUR runs, Manoj Tiwary gets the boundary away, slower ball into him, and he heaves it away over square leg

More discussions between bowler and captain, slightly tense looking Dhoni, who recovers some swagger as he walks back to keep

Bravo to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, he drags the low full toss from wide outside off straight to deep midwicket

Shakib on his haunches again, Dhoni setting the field for the left-hander, Bravo around the wicket, fine leg is up

Bravo to Tiwary, 1 run, direct hit and Shakib was gone easily, but square leg misses, Tiwary charging out and heaving a short ball without any timing

Nine off the final over. Shakib on his haunches, Dhoni, Ashwin and Bravo in intense discussion, Tiwary staring blankly, Gambhir has hand on his chin. Bravo to bowl, mid off coming in now, deep midwicket, long on, sweeper cover

19 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | KKR: 182/5 (9 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.57, RRR: 9.00)

  • Shakib Al Hasan10 (6b)
  • Manoj Tiwary0 (0b)
  • Ben Hilfenhaus4-0-25-2
  • Ravichandran Ashwin4-0-41-1
Hilfenhaus to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR runs, Shakib Al Hasan, you beauty, he gets the scoop over short fine leg away, again a full toss, Shakib was ready this time, coolly walked across, and scooped it without fuss from the stumps
Hilfenhaus to Shakib Al Hasan, (no ball) 2 runs, Vijay celebrates after taking the catch running across from midwicket, but no-ball has been signalled, the full toss was above waist height this time, Shakib managed a top-edge, they have run two as well amid all the confusion

Manoj Tiwary walks in with a blank expression

Kallis' hamstring pulling up at the right time for CSK

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KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

1st3G GambhirMS Bisla
2nd136JH KallisMS Bisla
3rd13JH KallisLR Shukla
4th12JH KallisYK Pathan
5th11JH KallisShakib Al Hasan
6th17MK TiwaryShakib Al Hasan