IPL-5 final: Accolades to Gambhir and Bisla.

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IPL-5 kkr winsMay 28, Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) dethroned defending champions Chennai Super Kings in their own den with a spirited run-chase – one that had copious excitement and a few heart-stopping moments.

Chasing 191 runs for victory, KKR reached the winning score of 192 runs for the loss of five wickets in 19.4 over in the game.

“After the first six overs in the KKR innings, I thought 191 was gettable. I thought KKR was destined to win. Bisla batted superbly. It was clean hitting. He played out of his skin.”

“He never allowed the pressure to choke him. He and (Jacques) Kallis never allowed the required run rate to go out of control,” Ganguly told Bengali news channel Star Ananda.

Replying to the Kings’ 190/3, KKR lost skipper Gautam Gambhir early, but Bisla plundered 89 and added 136 with Kallis for the second wicket.

“Kolkata Knight Riders are deserving winners. Chennai Super Kings never seemed as consistently good as the Knights,” he said.

Man of the match Bisla said,”I am feeling very happy that I played my part. I replaced Brendon who is a class player. His record speaks for himself. Due to Balaji’s injury, we had to leave him out, I am lucky that I got a chance. Till the last ball, it did not feel like we had made it. I don’t think I have hit as well, good to play this in the finals to help win it for my team.”

Bisla said that there wasn’t any specific plan chasing a stiff target.

“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.”

CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt that the pitch became better for batting in the second session. “I thought the ball started coming on slightly better in the second half. Bisla and Kallis got the partnerships KKR needed.”

“Cricket is a game of plus ten and 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. Still, I am happy with our performance,” Dhoni said.

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