In the IPL-2012, the Kolkata Knight Riders became the 4th franchise – after Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers, and Chennai Super Kings – to win the IPL title. There are various other moments for which IPL-2012 is known.

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A high-scoring thriller between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL-2012

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This was one of the classic matches in the history of the IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 205/8 while batting first. With the help of the contribution from the top order- Mayank Agarwal(45), Chris Gayle(68), and Virat Kohli(57). Bollinger picked up 3 wickets for CSK in his spell of 3 overs. In response, Faf Du Plessis was the top scorer for CSK with 71 runs, and the short and quick cameos in the middle order from MS Dhoni, Raina, Albie Morkel, and Bravo. Chennai Super Kings chased down the total in the last bowl of the innings.

Ajit Chandila’s hat trick against Pune Warriors in IPL-2012

Rahul Dravid deployed off-spinner Ajit Chandila and he came up trumps, taking his first-ever hat-trick in the IPL and the first of the season. Chandila got rid of Jesse Ryder (1) and Sourav Ganguly (2) of the 5th and 6th ball of the first over, and then Robin Uthappa (6) off the 1st ball of the 3rd over to achieve his feat.

Steyn’s deadly spell against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL-2012

Steyn was thrashed by Ab De Villiers in the 50th match of the IPL-2012 which was between Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Steyn made a comeback in the 2nd meeting. Deccan Chargers posted a total of 132/7 and it was easy for Bangalore to clinch the win until Steyn came up to the ball. Steyn dismantled the opening pair of Dilshan and Chris Gayle.


Kolkata Knight Riders clinched their first title against the favorites Chennai Super Kings

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When Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bat first against the defending Champions Chennai Super Kings, it seemed like the vast majority of the capacity crowd would get the victory they had paid to see. Knight Riders were not the favourites against Chennai SUper Kings.

Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay put on a partnership of 87 for the first wicket. Vijay fell for 42, but Hussey and Suresh Raina then added 73 more before Hussey fell for 54. There was still time for M.S. Dhoni to produce a quick cameo. Suresh Raina scoted 73 runs in 38 balls, an inning that contained 5 sixes, 191 runs on the board looked a tough score to chase on that pitch, especially in the big final of IPL-2012.

When Kolkata Knight Riders  lost their captain Gautam Gambhir in the 1st over, it looked to be even more difficult for the Knights. Due to injury of Balaji, KKR included Brett Lee in the squad and removed one foreign player from the squad which was New Zealand’s destructive batter and wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum, who was replaced by the domestic player Manvinder Bisla.

But Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis had other ideas. They shared a stand of 136 for the second wicket that brought Kolkata right back into contention. Bisla made 89 off only 48 balls, including 5 sixes and 8 fours. After his departure, Kallis stood firm amidst a flurry of wickets until he got out for 69.

In a tense finish, Shakib Al Hasan and Manoj Tiwary kept their nerve, and they clinched the title with two balls to spare. Bisla’s performance earned him the Player of the Match award and he was the one high-match hero for KKR in IPL-2012 season.

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