CHENNAI: Purple is the colour of the Indian Premier League and the Kolkata Knight Ryders are the new Kings. There are a whole host of new heroes who made this possible: the unheralded Manvinder Singh Bisla, the legendary Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan, and Kolkata's own Manoj Tiwary.
Each of them played like they owned the stage as Shah Rukh Khan's Knights notched up an unbelievable win with three balls to spare.
Bisla didn't know till Saturday evening whether he would be playing the final. KKR took a big gamble by playing him ahead of Brendon McCullum and the Haryana batsman was an absolute revelation.
A chase of 191 is thought to be out of bounds when you are playing at the Chepauk against CSK, and when skipper Gautam Gambhir got out in the first over, it seemed Chennai were well on their way to making it a hat-trick of titles.
But Bisla came out of nowhere and started hitting every single bowler on view. Dhoni just hadn't prepared the blueprint for the guy.
With the pitch staying good for batting, Bisla simply put his foot out of the way and continued to hit through the line. The CSK bowlers were left clueless. Then there was Kallis at the other end to contend with. The South African looked rock solid and it seemed that he knew he was eager to win the game on his own.
But when he got out with KKR still needing 16 off 11 balls, CSK were in with a chance.
But it was destined to be KKR's night. Shakib survived a close call when Billy Bowden called a no-ball for a waist-high full toss off Ben HIlfenhaus. Shakib hit a boundary off the next ball and it was down to nine off the last over.
Bravo was a picture of confidence coming into bowl, but so was Tiwary. Two brilliant boundaries and the Knights was on top the world with two balls to spare.
Earlier, when Super Kings batted, it was again the brilliant batting unit that came to the fore. While M Vijay and Mike Hussey gave them the dream start, Raina played his best innings of the IPL and took his team to a position of strength.