In a clash between two Two-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings came out on top against Kolkata Knight Riders, The men in yellow pulled off a sensational last-ball two-run victory over defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders with some brilliant bowling and fielding effort which saw them defend a low score in their thrilling IPL match.
Put into bat, Chennai found the going tough against Kolkata Knight Riders, who produced a disciplined bowling performance to restrict the hosts to 134 for six in their stipulated 20 overs.However, the Super Kings returned with a clincal bowling and fielding performance, led by Dwayne Bravo (3/22) and R Ashwin (2/5), to restrict Kolkata to 132 for nine and continue their domination at home.
Chasing Chennai’s modest 134 for 6, Kolkata were undone quality spin bowling and outstanding fielding to fall short by two runs, the margin of victory single-handedly brought down by Ryan ten Doeschate’s late blitz was of no avail.
Earlier, Earlier when Chennai’s openers were batting the pitch did not seem to be low and slow. McCullum was kept quiet for the first two overs, but the floodgates opened when he slapped Pat Cummins for a six over his head to begin the surge. Even though McCullum was trapped leg before by Piyush Chawla in his first over, Chennai motored along to 61 for 1 in eight overs.
But as the ball started to grip the surface, it was obvious that batting wouldn’t be easy. Dwayne Smith’s lazy running to catch himself short of the crease at the striker’s end contributed to Chennai’s woes. With the bowlers not giving an inch, the batsmen turned to cheeky attempts to pinch valuable runs. But it proved futile as Andre Russell had Suresh Raina (17) and Dhoni (3) caught behind in successive overs to leave Chennai in dire straits.
The circle seemed complete when Bravo failed to get to the pitch of Chawla’s delivery and holed out to Suryakumar Yadav at long-off. Chennai had lost three wickets in as many overs to slump to 88 for 5 in 13 overs.
With Jadeja woefully out of form, the onus was on Faf du Plessis to take Chennai to a total of respectability. The pair scratched around to add 36 valuable runs. While the final flourish never came, Chennai would have quietly backed themselves to defend the target unless the pitch changed dramatically.