Hosts Chennai Super Kings held their nerve to win a closely fought contest against defending Champs Kolkata Knight Riders this evening at Chepauk. It was high-scoring affair on a perfect batting strip as CSK scored 200 and KKR ending up second with 186.
Defending Champions Kolkata Knight Riders got their much needed victory against Kings XI Punjab to stay alive in the competition. It was a clinical performance from the hosts with the bat and the ball to ease to a 6-wicket victory with 10 balls to spare. Kings XI Punjab had a poor day on the field dropping catches and misfielding quite a bit.
Had Manvinder Bisla failed in the IPL final and Kolkata Knight Riders lost the game, Gautam Gambhir would have been inundated with queries over his decision to leave out the destructive Brendon McCullum – akin to the criticism Virender Sehwag got for keeping Morne Morkel out of the eliminator against Chennai Super Kings.
IPL T20 2011/4 Players Auction: As many as 350 players from India and abroad will go under the auctioneer's hammer in Bangalore on January 8-9 where ten IPL franchisee will be bidding for the top stars to feature in the lucrative T20 league.