Hyderabad: In what was a great start to the Champions League T20 2014, Kolkata Knight Riders fought back from a precarious position to beat Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders innings
Over 19 || Score 159/7
Ashwin to bowl his third over. He started off with two dot balls. Cummins worked the third ball towards short midwicket for a quick single. Ashwin flights the next ball, Doeschate slaps it over wide of long-on for a Six which will bring his half-century off 40 balls. Three needed from 8 balls. Doeschate hit the fifth ball towards short third man, Jadeja's throw is quick and Cummins is run-out! Piyush Chawla is the new man in. Chawla charged down the wicket off the last ball and cleared the fielder at covers for the winning runs! What an incredible comeback from the IPL champions! KKR have the reputation of being slow starters in a tournament and they couldn't have asked for a better start at the Champions League T20.
Ryan ten Doeschate 51* (41b), Piyush Chawla 4* (1b)
PJ Cummins run out 8 (8b)
Over 18 || Score 148/6
Bravo to bowl his third over. Two singles came off the first two balls. Doeschate drove the third ball towards wide of long-off and scored two runs. Doeschate hit the fourth ball towards deep covers for a single. Cummins drove the fifth ball towards deep cover for two runs. Cummins took a single off the last ball. 10 needed from 12 balls.
Over 17 || Score 140/6
Nehra has been brought back into the attack. He begins with a yorker, one run scored by Doeschate. Second ball was short, Russell hit it past square leg for a boundary! Nehra follows it with a perfect yorker, the stumps are uprooted and that's the end of a scintillating innings from Andre Russell. Pat Cummins is the new man in. That wicket also ended the 80-run stand for the fifth wicket. Nehra bowled a wide and surprisingly, Dhoni failed to collect it as it went for four byes. Cummins worked the fourth ball towards mid-on for a single. Doeschate hit the fifth ball, a full-toss, towards long-on for another single. Last ball was a low full-toss and Cummins got a bottom edge towards third man as they completed two runs. 18 needed from 18. What looked like a one sided match has turned out into a thriller now.
AD Russell b Nehra 58 (25b)
Over 16 || Score 126/5
Mohit Sharma has been brought back into the attack. He begins with a ball pitched outside off and gets away with it as Russell doesn't make the contact. Second delivery was a leg cutter, Russell hit it straight to Sharma who couldn't hold onto it. Doeschate cut the third ball towards Raina at point for a single. Fourth ball was another slow ball and Russell whacked it over wide of long-on for a Six! Sharma followed it with another short of a length ball and Russell launched it high and long over long-on for another Six with which he reaches his half-century off 22 balls! What a knock! Sharma bowled a length ball outside off to end the over, Russell got a top edge which flew past third man for a boundary! 32 needed from 24! Russell is looking unstoppable here.
Over 15 || Score 108/5
Bravo to continue. Eight runs from the over. Tremendous fightback from these two batsmen. 50 needed from 30 now. CSK desperately need a wicket to break KKR's momentum.
Over 14 || Score 100/5
Ashwin to continue. Fifth ball was a carrom ball and Russell hit it towards wide of long on, where despite a tremendous effort from Raina, it went all the way for a six. 12 from the over. 58 needed from 36.
Over 13 || Score 88/5
Dwayne Bravo has been brought into the attack. Just five from the over.
Over 12 || Score 83/5
Ashwin has finally been brought into the attack. Doeschate charged down the wicket off the fourth ball and hit it straight down the ground for a Six! These two have begun to play some huge hits, but KKR need them to keep doing so for the next few overs.
Over 11 || Score 77/5
Jadeja to continue. Fourth ball was a length delivery and Russell smashed it over deep midwicket for a Six! Jadeja bowled next ball short and Russell cut it past point for a boundary! Russell charged down the wicket off the last ball, Jadeja bowled a full-toss and it was hit high and long over long-on for another Six! 17 runs from the over. KKR need a few more overs like this one.
Over 10 || Score 60/5
Pandey to bowl his final over. Russell is the new man in. Russell attempted a big hit of the fifth ball, managed an edge which flew over the slip cordon for a boundary. Nine runs from the over.
Over 9 || Score 51/5
Ravindra Jadeja has been brought into the attack. Yadav was offered some room off the third ball and he played it late past third man for a boundary! Yadav charged down the wicket off the last ball, managed a top edge which landed straight into the hands of Ashwin at short third man. Eight runs from the over and KKR continue to lose wickets at regular intervals.
Over 8 || Score 43/4
Mohit Sharma to bowl his second over. Just four runs from it. Third ball was pitched short and Yadav smashed it over deep square leg for a Six! 11 runs from the over.
Over 7 || Score 32/4
Mohit Sharma to bowl his second over. Just four runs from it.
Over 6 || Score 28/4
Pandey to bowl his second over. Yadav was offered some width off the fifth ball and he played it late past third man for a boundary! Five runs from the over and KKR are struggling to find anything going their way.
Over 5 || Score 23/4
Nehra to continue. He bowled a slower one to Bisla who skied it towards mid-on for a simple catch. Suryakumar Yadav is the new man in. Nehra has picked 3/7 so far. A great start to the CL T20 2014 for the veteran Indian speedster.
MS Bisla c Ashwin b Nehra 2 (11b)
Over 4 || Score 19/3
There was some confusion prior to the over. Mohit Sharma charged in for his run up, he was stopped by Dhoni who told him that he wanted Ishwar Pandey to bowl the over. Dharamsena interfered and told Dhoni to continue with Sharma since he had started his run up. Mohit finally bowled the over and picked a wicket first ball as Yusuf Pathan was caught at first slip. Second ball was aimed at the pads and Doeschate worked it past fine leg for a boundary! Doeshcate worked the fifth ball towards mid-on and went for a quick single where a misfield from Ishwar Pandey turned in into a boundary. End of a very very happening over! Needless to say, KKR are in trouble.
YK Pathan c du Plessis b Sharma 1 (5b)
Over 3 || Score 10/2
Nehra to continue. He began with a short of a length ball and Gambhir hit it straight to Bravo at midwicket, CSK draw the first blood! Manish Pandey is the new man in. Manish looked to clear mid-on off the first ball, failed as Mohit Sharma held on to a good catch. Ashish Nehra has picked two off two! That was a poor shot selection from Pandey considering he was facing the first ball. Just one run and two wickets from the over for Nehra. Dream start for CSK!
MK Pandey c Sharma b Nehra 0 (1b)
G Gambhir c Bravo b Nehra 6 (5b)
Over 2 || Score 9/0
Ishwar Pandey to bowl from the other end. Fifth ball was a length ball and Gambhir worked it past midwicket for a boundary. Six runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 3/0
Ashish Nehra to bowl the first over. Decent start from Nehra, three runs from the over.
Chennai Super Kings innings
Over 14 || Score 96/4
Umesh Yadav has been brought into the attack. Third ball was full and wide and Bravo launched it over deep extra-cover for a boundary! Fifth delivery was bowled down the leg side and Bravo timed it well past fine leg for another boundary! Nine runs from the over.
Over 13 || Score 87/4
Chawla to bowl his final over. There was a stumping appeal made by Bisla off the last ball, the third umpire took his time and the verdict was OUT! That was an extremely close call as Faf's foot looked slightly in the air when the bails were removed. Dwayne Bravo is the new man in. Just three from the over.
F du Plessis st Bisla b Chawla 14 (16b)
Over 12 || Score 84/3
Narine has been brought back into the attack. Three runs came off the first three balls, Narine bowled a quicker one and it hit Raina on the pads and he is OUT! Raina - the set batsman who was expected to change gears, has been dismissed. MS Dhoni is the new man in. If he gets going, there is no reason why CSK can't reach a formidable total. Three runs and a wicket for Narine from the over.
SK Raina lbw b Narine 28 (24b)
Over 11 || Score 81/2
Pathan to bowl his third over. Just four from the over. Pathan has not only gone through his overs quickly, but has conceded just 61 runs from three overs so far and has picked a big wicket of McCullum. In the over, both the batsmen tried to make room for themselves but Pathan was spot on with his line and length.
Over 10 || Score 77/2
Chawla to bowl his third over. With ten overs gone, CSK would be looking to step up the gas now.
Over 9 || Score 71/2
Pathan to continue. Another decent over from Pathan, six runs from it. The ploy has worked so far for Gambhir, who is probably saving Narine for the end overs.
Over 8 || Score 65/2
Umesh Yadav has been brought back into the attack. First ball had width on offer and Raina played it late over point for a boundary. Yadav followed it with another wide delivery and on that occasion Raina slapped it over point for another boundary! 12 runs from the over.
Over 7 || Score 53/2
Yusuf Pathan has been introduced into the attack. Just two runs came off the first three balls and with pressure building, McCullullum took a chance and attempted a reverse-sweep, didn't connect and the umpire immediately raised his finger. So after a fine start, CSK have lost the momentum slightly with two quick blows. Faf du Plessis is the new man in. He is in sublime form and CSK would want him to play another fine knock here. Last ball had width on offer and Faf slapped it past point for a boundary! Six runs from the over. CSK have scored just 26 runs in the last four overs.
BB McCullum lbw b Pathan 22 (19b)
ver 6 || Score 47/1
Chawla to continue. Raina charged down the wicket off the third ball and hit it convincingly over mid-off for his first boundary! Seven runs from the over.
Over 5 || Score 40/1
Suresh Raina is the new man in. Gambhir brought Narine into the attack who conceded just three runs in his first over. Gambhir might now continue with spin for a while. It is very important from CSK's perspective to keep the momentum going.
Over 4 || Score 37/0
As pacer were leaking plenty of runs, Gambhir introduced Piyush Chawla into the attack. Smith welcomed him with a powerful hit over the umpire's head for a boundary. Smith further launched the third delivery straight down the ground for another boundary. But Chawla had the last laugh as Smith failed to execute a cut shot off the last ball and edged it to the keeper. KKR have their first breakthrough! Ten runs from the over and a wicket for Chawla.
DR Smith c Bisla b Chawla 20 (13b)
Over 3 || Score 27/0
Cummins bowled his second over of the innings and both McCullum and Smith scored one boundary each in that over. They are scoring at nine runs per over and this could turn out into a mammoth total towards the end for CSK.
Over 2 || Score 15/0
McCullum and Smith have continued the damage and they have now added ten more runs in the second over.
Over 1 || Score 5/0
CSK are undoubtedly one of the most fascinating T20 squads in the world. Led by captain cool, Chennai have this unique ability of delivering their best game under precarious circumstances. Over the years, Dhoni has roped in youngsters from all across the world, who have gone on to become match-winners for their respective national teams.
Dhoni would be relieved with the comeback of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who missed IPL 2014 due to an injury. Faf du Plessis's recent form could do wonders to CSK's scoreboard in CLT20. However, the onus will once again be on players like Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to yield better results for Dhoni.
KKR on the other hand would be high on confidence after having won the Indian Premier League earlier this year. Their skipper started off on a low note with a hat-trick of ducks, but the mighty southpaw followed it with a series of half-centuries and KKR fought back to win their second IPL trophy.
KKR would want Robin Uthappa, their in-form batsmen from IPL 2014, to continue playing more of such knocks. While Jacques Kallis has been criticised for his tendency to start slow in the shortest format of the game, he for sure is someone who provides a lot of stabililty to the batting order. In the bowling department, apart from having a maverick spinner in Sunil Narine, KKR have a strong pace attack in Pat Cummins, Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav.