A champion is what a champion does. KKR’s run in the 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League was based on this quote only. They played like champions throughout and fittingly got to lift the trophy in the end.
However, the final match was not that easy. Kings XI Punjab had come into the finals in good form as well. KKR won the toss and asked Punjab to bat first. Manan Vohra shone with the bat but the other batsman around him were going down like pins. Then came the man nobody expected to fire in the finals, Wriddhiman Saha. Saha scored a belligerent century in the match, 115 off just 55 balls to announce his authority. Vohra’s fifty and Saha’s century took KXIP to 199 in 20 overs.
Bengaluru is a batting paradise and chasing over there was far too easy than defending it and this is why Gautam Gambhir had chosen to bowl first. Despite a bad start, KKR recovered well as their middle-order showed great commitment with the bat. Manish Pandey scored a valiant 94 whereas Yusuf Pathan played a quick cameo, scoring 36 off just 22 balls.
It was off to the last over of the match, when Piyush Chawal held his nerves to take KKR over the line, handing KKR the second title in three years.