Kolkata Knight Riders finally deliver amaiden victory to Shahrukh, their beleaguered owner and deny ahat- trick of wins for the unstoppable Chennai Super Kings

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Shahrukh Khan must be a happ

y man. After the Wankhede fiasco and the smoking feud, nothing seemed to be going right for the actor, save for some unsavoury controversies. But the unexpected victory has wiped his slate clean.

Manvinder Bisla justified his late inclusion with a brilliant knock of 89 that carried Kolkata Knight Riders to a memorable five- wicket victory against the Chennai Super Kings for their maiden trophy success in the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.

The decision to include Manvinder Bisla in Kolkatas squad for the final was questioned by many.

By the end of the match, his stoic knock of 89 off 48 not only justified his inclusion but took his team to the podium for the first time.

The 27- year- old wicket- keeper batsman had a confident approach from the beginning of the chase. Needing 190 and despite seeing the back of his skipper early, Bisla was on the offensive from the word go.

His boundaries were exquisite and his shots were majestic in a manner that even seemed to leave Chennai fans in a daze that revealed admiration.

For this man from Hisar however, it was not the first instance of belting the ball with effective ease. With a strike rate of over 106

has been a prolific player whose skills behind the stumps have made him a versatile addition.

Bisla played for Deccan Chargers in 2009 and was included in the Kings XI unit in 2010. Part of Kolkata Knight Riders since 2011, he has registered stellar performances in the past as well, in IPL. With McCullum being bought in again by Kolkata, Bisla was always going to be a second choice. He however got the opportunity in the biggest match of the season and he showed why he is a candidate whose best strength, perhaps, is that the opposition almost always discounts his sheer skill to wreck bowlers apart.

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