Kolkata Knight Riders' stunning run of 14 straight victories was brought to a cruel end by a rampant Chennai Super Kings in the final of the Champions League Twenty20, but skipper Gautam Gambhir lauded the IPL champions for showing exemplary character. (Scorecard | Highlights | Pics)
The Knight Riders were unbeaten right through the tournament and were delivered a crushing blow when mystery spinner Sunil Narine was ruled out of the title clash, after being reported for a suspect bowling action twice. In his absence, Suresh Raina smashed an unbeaten 109 off 62 ballsand with cameos from Brendon McCullum and MS Dhoni, the Super Kings overhauled the target of 181 with eight wickets and nine balls to spare.
However, Gambhir was not heartbroken.