KKR have won the IPL, Manoj Tiwary seals it with a pull off a short ball through square leg
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
Dhoni's face giving nothing away
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
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
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
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
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
just got still tougher, probably even out of reach now, Hilfenhaus gets Kallis, he had to go for it, he had to go for the boundary, but he sliced a high full toss straight to sweeper cover, they check for the no-ball but bowler is alright, just about, full toss comfortably below waist height as well, a disappointed Kallis has to go
Getting tougher and tougher for KKR
mishits this time to extra cover for a single
again Dhoni tries the backflick on to the stumps, misses, wide throw again from Jadeja, and to the non-Kallis end as well, Shakib flicking wide of deep square leg
well done, Hilfenhaus digs in the short one, a surprised Shakib lets it pass past him
Chat between Dhoni and Hilfenhaus
there was a second to be risked there, but Kallis was settling for one, he had slammed the pitched up ball wide of sweeper cover for one, looking for the area over extra cover
Tight over that from Ashwin, 20 needed off the last two, tough in a final situation
tired stroke from Kallis, swings a full toss without power on the bounce to long on
opens up and whips a shortish offbreak in front of square leg
eases a flighted ball down the ground to long on and jogs across for one
Jacques Kallis is on the ground, oh well, another lifeline to CSK? Come on now. Kallis is getting some work done on his left hamstring, he is flat down on the ground. Now the great man is up
flicks hard wide of deep midwicket, Jadeja releases the ball early, the throw is wide though, Dhoni tries to back-flick it onto the stumps, but misses, Kallis was struggling if the throw was better
squeezes out a tossed up full ball past point, they come back for two as sweeper cover gets to the ball
Kamal: "Can someone hide the panic button from KKR ?"
now Ashwin takes out another, Yusuf Pathan has one innings of note to show for the season, he tried to slog-sweep, looked to be the carrom ball, top-edge flies high in the air, and midwicket settles under it
Hussey almost earns CSK another wicket, what a man, on his 37th birthday, Michael Hussey leaps to hold on to a slog-sweep from Kallis at the edge of the deep midwicket rope, the momentum takes him over, he manages to let go of the ball before tumbling to the ground beyond the rope, but the ball also falls there
under pressure, Kallis gets one away, he reaches out to a wide and full slower one outside off, and lifts it to beat the two men running across from sweeper cover and long off
Dhoni standing up
mishits a low full toss down to long off in the air