Relatively unknown Manvinder Bisla led an audacious run chase for Kolkata Knight Riders, hitting 89 from only 48 balls with eight fours and five sixes, as the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise chased down a stiff target of 191 and stopped Chennai Super Kings’ bid for a hat-trick of Indian Premier League titles here on Sunday.
South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis hit 69 off 49 balls with a six and seven fours and helped resurrect KKR’s chase after skipper Gautam Gambhir fell early for only two.
Still, a flurry of four wickets including those of Bisla and Kallis led to a close finish. Manoj Tiwary hit two fours off the final over, as KKR needed nine to win.
Earlier, Suresh Raina’s blitzkrieg and Mike Hussey’s priceless knock helped defending champions Chennai Super Kings post a commendable 190 for three. Opting to bat, Hussey (54, 43 balls, 4x4, 2x6) along with Murali Vijay (42, 32 balls, 4x4, 1x6) set the platform with blistering opening partnership of 87 runs.
Raina (73, 38 balls, 3x4, 5x6) then complemented the opening duo’s effort as he hit some of the biggest sixes in the tournament with a few of them flying out of the stadium. Along with Hussey, he added 73 in less than 7 overs.
KKR had to leave out pacer Laxmipathy Balaji owing to an injury and played Bisla in place of New Zealand wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum. CSK played an unchanged side.