Kolkata Knight Riders were crowned Indian Premier League champions for a second time in three years after chasing down a target of 200 to beat Kings XI Punjab at Bangalore. Manish Pandey struck 94 before it was left to Piyush Chawla to see the Knight Riders home, the left-hander slicing a four over backward point to take his team past their opponents' total of 199-4 with 3 balls left.


"To win the competition feels like a dream," Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir told IPLT20.com. "Not many people gave us a chance after the start we got in the tournament. This is an unbelievable feeling."


Earlier this year SAP and the Kolkata Knight Riders announced that customized SAP HANA® based platform would be created to help the team optimize their performance and enhance the fan experience. SAP Auction Analytics, SAP Game Analytics, and SAP Lumira enabled KKR to evaluate players during the auction, derive post-game analytics following each of the team’s games, and drive fan engagement respectively, during the Pepsi IPL 2014.


During this year’s auction, KKR sought to gain a competitive advantage over other teams by picking the right players at the right price. To objectivize their selections, they applied SAP Auction Analytics. Developed using the principles of Design Thinking, SAP Auction Analytics leveraged the predictive analytics capabilities of SAP HANA through a live dashboard that enabled KKR to derive intelligence on players featured in the auction. With the help of SAP Auction Analytics, KKR put together the winning team of 19 players .


“With SAP’s solutions, we gained a multi-dimensional analysis of every player and were able to devise a playing 11 that had the maximum chance of winning the tournament. During the game too, SAP’s solutions helped us strategize better and provide a great experience to our fans,” said Venky Mysore, MD and CEO, KKR, adding “Partnering with SAP was lucky for us.”


A data visualization software, SAP Lumira, provided fans with statistics to learn more about how KKR performed over the course of the 16-match campaign during the Pepsi IPL 2014. Furthermore, the SAP Game Analytics solution helped analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each player competing in the IPL to help KKR increase team readiness and performance versus its opponents over the course of 60-match event en route to the title.



“The business of sports and entertainment is at an inflection point with new technologies driving significant changes to the business and creating vast amounts of qualitative and quantitative data,” said Anirban Dey, Managing Director, SAP Labs India. “SAP solutions help sporting organizations turn data into action to gain a competitive edge by increased player availability, reliability, readiness, and performance. KKR’s victory in the seventh edition of the IPL is the perfect confluence of team strategy, player performance, and the use of insights from SAP to drive immediate action towards the team’s victory.”


After a successful first season’s partnership, SAP will continue to work with the Kolkata Knight Riders to continue to develop solutions to help the team perform like never before.