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KOLKATA DEFEATS CHENNAI FOR IPL 5 TITLE

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IPL 5 FINAL
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 27, 2012
Kolkata Claim Their First IPL Title (Photo: AP/Aijaz Rahi)

CHENNAI, India -- Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis struck half-centuries to help Kolkata Knight Riders win the Indian Premier League on Sunday, defeating two-time defending champion Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in a high-scoring final.

Opener Bisla plundered 89 off 48 balls with eight fours and five sixes, while South African Kallis hit 69 off 49 balls, as Kolkata scored 192-5 in 19.4 overs in reply to Chennai's commanding 190-3.

Manoj Tiwary struck two successive boundaries off West Indian pacer Dwayne Bravo to help the visitors clinch a thrilling victory at the Chidambaram Stadium in their first appearance in an IPL final.

Wicketkeeper Bisla, who replaced New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, was effortless in his shot execution as he put on 136 for the second wicket with Kallis after skipper and batting mainstay Gautam Gambhir fell to Australian pace man Ben Hilfenhaus in the opening over.

"I'm feeling very happy I played my part," Bisla said. "Brendon is a class player, his record speaks for himself. "

Bisla was dismissed by South African Albie Morkel, whom he had previously hit for four boundaries in one over, with Kolkata needing 52 off 32 balls. Bravo sent back Laxmi Rathan Shukla for 3 and when India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Yusuf Pathan for one, Kolkata were left needing 27 off 17.

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