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The Pepsi Indian Premier League 2014 Final between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab had the spectators on the edge of their seats as the two teams fought tooth and nail in the high-scoring grand finale. The nerve-racking game ended with the Gautam Gambhir-led side emerging winners with three balls to spare. Piyush Chawla, who came in to bat with 21 required off 18 balls with six wickets down, held his nerves as he helped his team successfully chase down the 200-run target.
He pulled Mitchell Johnson for a six off the last ball of the 19th over to take the team within five runs of the target. He then encouraged Sunil Narine to take a single in the last over and then struck Parvinder Awana over point for four to claim a sensational win.
With the magnitude of his feat still to sink in amid all the celebrations and congratulations, he spoke to IPLT20.com about the crucial moments at the end of the big game. Excerpts from his interview:
Congratulations! You have won the game with the ball earlier in the tournament and this time with the bat. It has been an all-rounder’s performance from you.
Well, you can say that because I always believed in my batting and even in domestic cricket if someone has scored 4000-plus runs, means he can bat. I just wanted to come in and consolidate here.
How difficult was it to bat towards the end?
Obviously, it was difficult because the situation was such. We lost wickets regularly from the other end. I just wanted to stay calm and knew the victory was one hit away.
Tell us a bit more about that one hit – the six off Mitchell Johnson to take the team within sniffing distance of the win.
I was prepared for the short ball because he had bowled a couple of balls, which came up to me. I was prepared and thought that he might bowl a bouncer to get a dot-ball. So, I was prepared for the pull shot and knew that even if I hit the ball in the gap, with this kind of outfield, I will get a four. But luckily, I middled the ball so well, it went for a six.
What did you tell Sunil Narine when he was to face the last over with five runs required off it?
I just told him put the bat to the ball and take one and rotate the strike.
Although 200 is a chaseable target, what was the feeling in the dugout going into the chase?
Definitely, on this wicket anything is chaseable and we have seen that many times. Earlier, when I was playing for KXIP, we had once chased a 200-plus total. So, I knew on this ground, anything is possible.
How would you sum up KKR’s campaign and today’s win?
It means a lot. We won nine games on the trot and beat all the big sides, so that’s a big thing. I have no words to express it right now. It has been almost 20 minutes since the game got over, but I have still not recovered my breath.
A word on Manish Pandey’s innings.
Amazing! He was due for a big knock for some time because he played well and was getting the starts. But in this game, he showed what adds to the team.
Ryan ten Doeschate spent most of the first three years of his IPL journey cheering for his team, Kolkata Knight Riders, in the dugout. But this year was different. He played 10 matches in Pepsi IPL 2014 and was also part of the playing XI that won the Final, against Kings XI Punjab.
After his second IPL title, the Dutch all-rounder spoke to IPLT20.com about KKR’s stupendous turnaround after the disappointment of the UAE leg.
Here are excerpts from his interview:
Second IPL triumph!
It doesn’t feel that along ago that we won our last IPL. And it is a real privilege to be here to get over the line in such a good final. To chase 200 was a great effort, and to do that in a final was even more remarkable.
What was the secret behind KKR’s tremendous turnaround this season?
Essentially, it’s about skills. The batsmen started to score runs when we came back to India, something we didn’t do in the UAE. There were other factors as well – the team spirit was there, the management took care of the players and there was no panic at any stage. We tried to figure things out and gave ourselves a chance to get back on the radar.
Another very big factor was Robin Uthappa.
Oh, I think 10 scores of 40-plus in the T20 format is incredible. He put his hand up and said he will open. And almost singlehandedly he turned things around for us. He has been a very big part of this win – the essential cog around which the rest of the batting line-up revolved.
Did things also change for the better once the captain started scoring some runs?
You need your batsmen to score runs and the captain has that much extra pressure to perform. When he is feeling the heat and not scoring runs, it doesn’t reverberate too well on the team. But you know that a class player will always find a way to get back among runs. That’s what Gautam did.
Satisfied with your personal performance?
It’s been difficult for me to bat at No.6 and make solid contributions. It’s a role of a utility player that I have been given. Obviously, I’d love to do more, but the team has won, so all is good.