Chennai, Apr 30: Gautam Gambhir hit his fourth half century this season to guide Kolkata Knight Riders to a five-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in Game 41 of IPL 5 here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Monday night.
[Scorecard: CSK Vs KKR]
Gambhir made a 52-ball 63 and was dismissed in the 19th over with his team still needing 16 from 11 balls. However, Debabrata Das hit a boundary in the same over off Dwayne Bravo and KKR had six runs to reach the target off the final over bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin.
There were few anxious moments in the final six balls. Yusuf Pathan was on strike in the last over and started off with a couple of runs but a dot ball followed and then, in an attempt for a big hit, was caught by Faf du Plessis, with four to get from three. But Das sealed the match with a boundary as KKR scored 140/5 in 19.4 overs. Das finished with 11 not out off four balls.
Gambhir, who was declared the Man-of-the-match, handed over the award to Das. It was a nice gesture from the skipper. "For me, Das is the Man-of-the-match," he said. After accepting the honour, Das said Gambhir is his "hero".
Captain Gambhir led from the front once again. He guided the chase magnificently. Even though he was hit on the helmet by an Albie Morkel bouncer early in the innings, he was not shaken. He ensured that KKR's successful run continued. KKR have won three games in four now. The other one was a washout. Their last loss was a two-run heartbreak against Kings XI Punjab on April 15 at the Eden Gardens.
CSK who had won all their eight home matches in last IPL, have so far be beaten thrice and won three at the Chidambaram Stadium. The two-time champions are still struggling to match their previous impressive performances.
KKR have moved to second in points table with 13 points from 10 games. CSK are fourth with nine points from 10 matches.
Chennai Super Kings Innings Report
Kolkata Knight Riders restricted Chennai Super Kings to 139/5 in 20 overs.
Kolkata bowlers did a fine job by keeping Chennai batsmen to under 150 runs on a slow pitch. Suresh Raina was the topscorer for Chennai with 44 while the next best came from captain MS Dhoni who made an unbeaten 34.
Chennai could manage only two sixes and eight boundaries. Jacques Kallis took two wickets while Brett Lee and Sunil Narine had one apiece. There was an eight-over period where the home team failed to score a boundary.
Chennai's in-form opener Faf du Plessis was dismissed early today, for just three runs. Lee got his wicket in the second over of the match.
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first against Kolkata Knight Riders. Michael Hussey has returned for CSK while KKR have retained same playing XI.
This clash is between the second and fourth placed teams in the points table. KKR are with 11 points from nine games while CSK have nine points from as many matches.
Nuwan Kulasekara and Wriddhiman Saha miss out for CSK.
Australians Hussey and Ben Hilfenhaus have joined Chennai team today after their arrival from the Caribbean. The pair was playing in Australia-West Indies Test series. Hussey is playing today and it will be a big boost for the home team.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Yo Mahesh.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper), Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Brett Lee, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Iqbal Abdulla.
Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and SS Shamsuddin (India)
Third Umpire: Shahvir Tarapore (India)
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)