Reliving Kolkata Knight Riders first IPL Title

9 years ago, the stage was all set in Chennai to host the finals of the Indian Premier League. The Kolkata Knight Riders Faced the mighty Chennai Super Kings.

Chennai had been the champions in the previous two editions and were also the favorites to win the finals. On the other side was a team qualifying for the first time. The stage was set for a blockbuster final. Therefore, Chennai playing in front of their home crowd added advantage for the men in yellow. Kolkata had a huge blow that their lead bowler in the line-up Lakshmipathy Balaji was injured and would not be able to play in the finals.

Chennai won the toss and elected to bat first in front of their home crowd. They started their innings with positive intent and took the charge against the Knight Riders bowlers. Chennai lost their first wicket in the 10th over. In came Suresh Riana who was in his prime. He took the full charge against the bowlers. Chennai ended at 190/3 at the end of 20 overs. They set a target of 191 for the Knights to chase.

Opening the batting for Kolkata were Gautam Gambhir and Manvinder Bisla. Bisla was playing replacing Brendon Mccullum which was a shock for everyone as Mccullum was playing beautifully in the previous matches. This change was a forced changed as only 4 foreigners are allowed to play in the playing 11. Brett Lee replaced injured Balaji. Hence, Mccullum had to make way for Bisla.

Kolkata lost their Captain in the first over. The start they did not want while chasing a massive target of 191. But Bisla and Kallis stuck together in the middle and try to take the game as far as possible. Bisla took charge against all bowlers made his highest IPL score of 89 before getting out. Kallis was majorly anchoring the innings while his partner was taking a full toll on bowlers. Knight Riders lost wickets towards the end but kept their nerves. Manoj Tiwary finished the match with a boundary in the fourth ball of the last over.

There were tears of joy in the dressing room and celebrations in the owner’s box. The Knights showed courage and defeated the defending champions in their backyard and lifted the prestigious IPL Trophy.

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