Kolkata, May 14: Dwayne Bravo smashed a six off the last ball to seal a dramatic five-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in Game 63 of IPL 5 here at the Eden Gardens on Monday night.
[Scoreboard: KKR Vs CSK]
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Nine runs were needed off the last over bowled by Rajat Bhatia. Bravo took a single off the first and Chennai captain MS Dhoni was bowled in the next. The visitors required 8 off 4 balls. New man Ravindra Jadeja smashed the ball to long-on and took two runs.
Jadeja took a single off the fourth ball. With two balls remaining in the match, with Bravo on strike, Chennai were five away from the target. An excellent ball from Bhatia beat Bravo completely as his bat slipped out of his hands and flew.
It was tension everywhere with five needed off the final ball. Bhatia bowled a low full toss and Bravo swung his bat hard and launched the ball into the long-on stands for a dramatic victory, chasing 159.
Earlier, what should have been an ease chase after their opener Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay set a good platform, Chennai stuttered in the middle.
Hussey and Vijay put on 97 runs for the first wicket in 10.2 overs. That made Chennai favourites in the chase of 159. But as it happens in Twenty20 cricket, few wickets change the course of the match. Same was witnessed here at the Eden Gardens.
Towards the end, it was Dhoni who hit some big hits to bring the required run rate down. Hussey was the top scorer with 56 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders Innings Report
Chennai Super Kings bowlers bounced back from a poor start to restrict Kolkata to 158/6 in 20 overs.
It was a fine effort from the defending champions after Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir and Brendon McCullum had threatened to take the home team to a big total. Left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati who opened the bowling, was the most economical bowler with figures of 2/26 in four overs. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus and Ravindra Jadeja had one dismissal each.
Openers Gambhir and McCullum provided Kolkata with a great start but once the duo departed, they had a middle order collapse which allowed Chennai to come back into the game.
Kolkata had raced to 99/0 in the 12th over. But the run out of McCullum on the third ball of the 12th over with the score reading 99, triggered a massive turnaround in the match. Soon after McCullum left the ground, Gambhir followed him.
Gambhir made a fine 62 off 43 balls with six fours and three sixes. McCullum contributed 37 off 29 in the opening wicket stand of 99 runs.
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata have brought back pacemen Lakshmipathy Balaji and also Marchant de Lange. Brett Lee and Shakib Al Hasan miss out. Brendon McCullum also returns while Manvinder Bisla is dropped. Chennai were forced to leave out their big-hitting all-rounder Albie Morkel in favour of Faf du Plessis. Morkel is not well.
"Good fight back by chennai.. I'm down with some virus, back at the hotel supporting the men in yellow in my bed!!," tweeted Morkel (@albiemorkel) towards the end of Kolkata innings.
In these two teams' earlier meeting this season, on April 30, Kolkata had won by five wickets with Gambhir scoring a half century at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper), Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmipathy Balaji, Sunil Narine, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Marchant de Lange.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Srikkanth Anirudha, Michael Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ravichandran Ashwin, Faf du Plessis, Shadab Jakati.
Umpires: Simon Taufel (Australia) and Johan Cloete (South Africa)
Third Umpire: S Ravi (India)
Match Referee: Raju Mukherjee (India)