KKR win second IPL crown, beat Kings XI Punjab by three wickets

  • Sanjjeev K Samyal, Hindustan Times, Bangalore
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  • Updated: Jun 02, 2014 12:01 IST
  • Kolkata Knight Riders players

    Kolkata Knight Riders players celebrate with the trophy after their victory against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL final match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. ...

  • Shahrukh Khan

    Kolkata Knight Riders' co-owner Shahrukh Khan with players and the trophy after his team won the IPL 7 final match against Kings XI Punjab in ...

  • Robin Uthappa

    Orange cap holder and Kolkata Knight Riders player Robin Uthappa celebrates their victory against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL final match at M Chinnaswamy ...

  • Shahrukh Khan

    Shahrukh Khan, co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders and Preity Zinta co-owner of Kings XI Punjab hug after the IPL final match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, ...

  • Shahrukh Khan

    Shahrukh Khan, co owner of Kolkata Knight Riders does cartwheels after his team won against the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL final at M ...

  • Robin Uthappa

    Robin Uthappa of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Piyush Chawla celebrate the win in the final match of IPL 7 against Kings Xi Punjab in ...

  • Manish Pandey

    Kolkata Knight Riders' Manish Pandey bats during the IPL 7 final match against Kings XI Punjab at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)

  • Yusuf Pathan

    Kolkata Knight Riders' Yusuf Pathan bats during the IPL 7 final against Kings XI Punjab at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)

  • Mitchell Johnson

    Kings XI Punjab's Mitchell Johnson celebrates the wicket of Robin Uthappa during their IPL 7 final match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, in Bengaluru. (PTI ...

  • Wriddhiman Saha

    Kings XI Punjab batsman Wriddhiman Saha celebrates his ton with David Miller during their IPL 2014 final match against Koolkata Knight Riders at the M ...

On the morning of the game, IPL chairman Sunil Gavaskar expressed a wish that he would be happiest if the final went right down to the wire. The gods seemed to smile on the Indian legend as Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab dished out a thrilling finale where the game was the winner.

KKR pipped Kings XI by three wickets to win their second title in three years.

Read: The match as it happened

However, when the match started, it seemed the story of the final would be about another Bengal boy, Wriddhiman Saha. The wicketkeeper-batsman is used to a supporting role — having played second fiddle to MS Dhoni all his career — but he turned out to be the hero for Punjab, taking them to a competitive 199 for 4 with a 55-ball 115. It was, and is, the first century scored in an IPL final.

Read: Not many would have thought we would win IPL after first 7 games, says Gambhir

But as the game progressed, he saw his best ever innings eclipsed by another batsman, KKR's Manish Pandey, who stole Saha's thunder with a swashbuckling 94 on his home ground.

Read: 'Clean' IPL 7 like a whiff of fresh air

KKR did everything right at the start and their famed bowling unit took the early advantage by claiming the wickets of the dangerous Virender Sehwag and skipper George Bailey before the sixth over. Saha's heroics seemed to take the contest away from Kolkata, for a while, but they managed to keep the big hits coming and, in the end, notched up their second IPL crown with a boundary and three balls to spare.

Read: Two out of three isn't bad for Gambhir

 

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