Making their habit of getting into the final of the Indian Premier League, the Chennai Super Kings once again locked horns in the ultimate title clash in 2012 and this time with another opponent at their disposal.
Batting first, the Chennai Super Kings began the proceedings with a solid start as ace Australian batsman Michael Hussey along with Indian batting spearhead Murali Vijay provided the much needed run-flow in the middle.
The two put up a partnership of 87 runs before Vijay was undone by Rajat Bhatia in the 11th over while Hussey was cleaned up Kallis for a half-century. But the real show came up with the introduction of Suresh Raina. The left-hand UP batsman showed his class and proved why he is reckoned to as the T20 specialist.
Anchoring CSK to a mammoth total of 190/3 in 20 overs, Raina scored a 38-ball 73 whereas, MS Dhoni remained unbeaten at 14 during the course. Rajat Bhatia was the only KKR bowler to show some resistance to CSK batting line up but no other bowler was able to put a full stop of run-scoring rate.
The story had a lot to offer in the second half as the Kolkata Knight Riders team began with their chase. Gambhir was sent back in the hut by Hilfenhaus but it was Manvinder Bisla and Kallis who paired up to give a hard time to the Super Kings’ bowlers.
Bisla scored a match winning 89 while Kallis made 69 to set up a strong base for the team. They eventually won the match and final by 5 wickets with two balls to spare.