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The last five Indian Premier League finals in review

Ahead of Sunday night's Indian Premier League final between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, a look back at the how the last five IPL finals played out.

Kieron Pollard was the hero for Mumbai Indians in the 2013 Indian Premier League final. Pawan Singh / The National
Kieron Pollard was the hero for Mumbai Indians in the 2013 Indian Premier League final. Pawan Singh / The National

The 2012 winners of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders, take on first-time finalists Kings XI Punjab in the last match of the seventh edition of the Twenty20 competition on Sunday night. Here is a look at the past five title clashes of cricket’s richest tournament.

2013

Mumbai beat Chennai by 23 runs

Chennai Super Kings arrived in Kolkata deflated after a part-owner was arrested on charges of illegal betting. But it took a special knock – 60 off 32 balls – from Kieron Pollard for Mumbai Indians to thrash their arch-rivals, who scored 125 for nine in response.

2012

Kolkata beat Chennai by five wickets

Little-known Manvinder Bisla chose the perfect occasion to introduce himself to the world – in a title clash – with a brilliant 89, with Kolkata Knight Riders chasing an imposing 191 set by the home team.

2011

Chennai beat Bangalore by 58 runs

A 159-run first-wicket stand between Murali Vijay, (95) and Michael Hussey (63) ensured hosts Chennai posted 205 for five. Once Chris Gayle was bowled out for 10 by Ravichandran Ashwin, it was game over for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

2010

Chennai beat Mumbai by 22 runs

Suresh Raina anchored Chennai’s innings with 57 before the hosts and form side, Mumbai, lost their cool in the chase for 169. Poor shot-selection and an ill-conceived plan to bat Pollard at No 8 did not help them.

2009

Deccan beat Bangalore by six runs

Bangalore made the right call to field first as Anil Kumble bowled Adam Gilchrist for a duck. But Deccan Chargers batted sensibly to get 143 on the board before Pragyan Ojha took three wickets to help them to a famous victory in Johannesburg.

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