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Riders win IPL Trophy

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CHENNAI, India, AAP-AFP - Australian batsman Michael Hussey starred with the bat, but it was opponent Brett Lees Kolkata Knight Riders celebrating a five-wicket win in a dramatic Indian Premier League final.

Hussey, deployed as an opener, flayed the likes of Lee while crashing 54 runs from 43 balls to lift the Chennai Super Kings to a competitive total of 3-190 in front of their home crowd.

Ben Hilfenhaus claimed the key scalps of Gautam Gambhir (two) and Jacques Kallis (69), but Kolkata secured their maiden IPL title with two balls remaining thanks to unsung hero Manvinder Bislas 89 runs.

Bisla, an unheralded wicketkeeper yet to represent Indias national team, earned his berth ahead of Brendon McCullum when the Knight Riders tweaked their team due to Lakshmipathy Balajis hamstring injury.

Bisla had played only six of a possible 17 IPL matches this season before the final, with his last hitout coming two weeks before the decider when he scored just one run.

The 27-year-old opener was unperturbed by the occasion, scoring 89 off 48 balls - his best effort at T20 level.

While Hilfenhaus rattled the stumps of Gambhir in the first over, he couldnt repeat the dose to Bisla, who finished with eight fours and five sixes. The match winner started cautiously before upping the tempo in the sixth over, in which he cracked two sixes but offered the only chance of his knock.

A leaping Hilfenhaus, fielding at short fine leg, managed to get some fingers to a top edge but he couldnt reel in the catch.

Bisla fell in the 15th over but Kallis took over the role of chief aggressor until he was dismissed by a full toss from Hilfenhaus with the last ball of the 19th over.

The visitors required nine runs off the final over and Manoj Tiwary grabbed the glory by thumping consecutive fours off Dwayne Bravo.

Lee recorded figures of 0-42 from his four overs, with Hussey and Murali Vijay (42) plundering 19 runs from his third over.

Kolkata pocket $US2 million ($A2.06 million) for the win while runners-up Chennai bag $US1.5 million ($A1.55 million).





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