Piyush Chawla from nowhere scored 13 off five balls after Manish Pandey’s dazzling innings to hand Kolkata Knight Riders their second title as they chase down 200 with three wickets in hand.
Mitchell Johnson gave Kings XI Punjab a start they would have wanted removing dangerous Robin Uthappa (5) in the very first over and left KKR in all sort of trouble at 6-1 early on.
Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey joined hands for the second wicket and kept scoring at a rate close to 10to keep KKR in hunt. At the end of power play were on move with 59-1 on board.First ball after the fielding restrictions leg spinner Karanveer Singh dismissed Gambhir (23) to put brakes on KKR.
Pandey kept his attack going and Yusuf Pathan too joined in. The duo put on an important quick-fire 71 for the 3rd wicket and belted bowlers around the park. In 14th over Pathan holed out to Maxwell at long on and KKR lost the third wicket at 130. Pathan smashed 36 off 22 balls hitting four big 6s.
Two overs later George Bailey pulled off a sensational run out to dismiss Shakib Al Hassan (12). KXIP did not stop there as Karanveer Singh picked two huge wickets in 17th over, first dismissing Ryan ten Doeschate (4) and then Pandey. Manish Pandeyscored valuable 94 off 50 balls to hold the KKR innings together. He mustered seven 4s and six 6s during his blitz.
KKR needed 21 from last three overs. Akshar Patel (0-21) bowled a superb 18th over and gave away only six runs. With 15 required off 12 balls. Johnson delivered on the second ball of 19th over by removing Suryakumar Yadav (5) to see KKR seven down for 187. Johnson hit the block hole for next three balls consecutively, but an unbelievable choice of bowling last ball as a tracker was dispatched for six by Piyush Chawla and kept KKR alive in the chase.
Parvinder Awana was handed the ball to defend five runs in the last over. Sunil Narine (2*) after facing a dot ball gave an all-important strike back to Chawla who on next ball smashed Awana for a winning four and thus KKR lifted the tittle by three wickets.
Earlier Kings XI Punjab rode on Wriddhiman Saha’s sheer brilliance to post 199 in 20 overs. Saha finished on unbeaten 115 off 55 balls while Manan Vohra played a perfect partner to him notching 67. Saha attacked every KKR bowler and even Sunil Narine went for 46 in his four overs. At one stage it looked like KXIP will finish around 160-170,but late flourishing of boundaries by Saha took KXIP close to 200.
Man of the Match: Manish Pandey
Brief Scores: KKR200-7 (M. Pandey 94, K. Singh 4-54)beat KXIP 199-4(W. Saha 115*, P.Chawla 2-44) by three wickets.