CLT20 Final 2014: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...
Riding on the blistering hundred of Suresh Raina, CSK chased the imposing total of 180 runs in mere 18.3 overs. But another CSK player who made a impact in the match was left-arm spinner, Pawan Negi, who scalped five wickets, when Dhoni decided to bowl first after winnings the toss. CSK have once again showed that they are masters of this format and under Dhoni they are still a force to reckon with. If Negi was rewarded with Man of the Match, Raina won Man of the Series award. And with the loss to CSK in the summit clash of the sixth edition of the CLT20, KKR's winning streak of 14 matches finally came to an end.
Over 18.3 || Score 185/2
CSK need 8 runs in 12 balls to seal the match. Pathan to bowl the over. First ball, MSD launched the bowler for a flat six over mid-wicket. Next ball, no run, as Dhoni placed it straight towards cover fielder. Off the next came another six from Dhoni's willow as he finished the game in style. CSK crushed KKR by eight wickets to win the Champions League TwentyT20 for the second time.
Over 18 || Score 161/2
With a single off the first ball, Raina completed his hundred. He used mere 59 balls to reach the mark with the help of six boundaries and seven huge sixes. In the last ball, Raina charged Chawla for another six to celebrate his hundred in grand style.
Over 17 || Score 161/2
Cummins to bowl the over. Single off the first ball. Second ball, a wide. Off the next, Dhoni collected a boundary towards fine third man. In the fifth ball, sightly shot of length, Raina pulled it towards short fine leg to get his sixth boundary. 12 runs came from the over. Raina is mere one run away from his century.
Over 16 || Score 149/2
Pathan to continue. Raina Dropped! It was a caught and bowled chance, though a tough one, but Pathan got his hands to it. KKR have to convert those half chances if they want to win this match. Nine runs came from the over. Raina is mere seven runs short of his hundred.
Over 15 || Score 140/2
Kuldeep Yadav set to bowl his last over of the match. Two runs came in the first three balls. Off the next, Raina once again came down the pitch and smashed the bowler straight towards the sight screen for his seventh six of the innings. Nine from the over.
Over 14 || Score 131/2
Pathan with his 2nd over. Finally KKR got their second wicket. McCullum Out! The opener tried to hit the bowler out of the park towards mid-wicket but didn't connect it well and gave a simple catch to Doeschate at deep. MS Dhoni is the new man in. Tight over by the offie as he conceded mere four runs in it.
BB McCullum c ten Doeschate b Pathan 39 (30b)
Over 13 || Score 127/1
Kuldeep Yadav has been reintroduced into the attack. First ball, and Raina danced down the wicket to hit the bowler straight over his head for a six. In the fifth ball, the southpaw played the similar and got the same result. What a utility player Raina is in the limited over cricket. 16 runs came from the over. Nothing is looking in favour of KKR. CSK are right at the top of the match.
Over 12 || Score 111/1
Suryakumar Yadav to bowl his third over. KKR are certainly missing their mystery spinner Sunil Naraine in the summit clash. Raina smashed the bowler for two consecutive boundaries off the fourth and fifth balls to collect 11 from the over. Match is slipping away from the hands of KKR.
Over 11 || Score 100/1
Here comes Yusuf Pathan. In the last ball, McCullum launched the offie for a six to collect ten runs from the over. Pat tried his best to take a fabulous catch at the fence but failed execute his plans. Meanwhile, CSK touched the 100-run mark.
Over 10 || Score 90/1
Yadav with his second over. Off the second ball, Raina came down the wicket to play it towards cover and collected a boundary to complete his fifty in style. He hit three boundaries and four sixes to reach the mark. Seven runs from the over.
Over 9|| Score 83/1
Chawla is back into the attack after a short break. Off the second ball came a boundary off the second ball, as McCullum sent the second ball, slightly short, towards mid-wicket. In the last ball, Raina charged the leggie and collected another six over bowlers head. Expensive over for KKR as 14 runs came from it.
Over 8|| Score 69/1
Kuldeep Yadav has been given the ball. Can he pick a couple of wickets here to put some pressure on CSK? Good over first up by the offie as he gave mere three runs, all came in singles.
Over 7|| Score 66/1
Yadav with his second over. It's a big day for the spinner as he has been picked in the Indian team for the first three ODIs against West Indies. Tight second by the the leggie, as he conceded mere six from the over.
Over 6|| Score 60/1
Another spinner as Piyush Chawla has been given the ball. off the third ball, Raina came down the pitch and hit the bowler over long-on for a massive six. Meanwhile, CSK crossed the fifty-run mark. Raina has swiftly moved to 31 off 15 balls, as he cleared the rope for the second time in the over off the last ball, this towards deep square leg. And with that six, McCullum and Raina also completed fifty-run partnership for the second wicket.
Over 5|| Score 47/1
Here come exciting chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. First two balls, two sweep shots, two miss-fields, two boundaries in same direction, towards mid-wicket. Major culprit, the fielder Suryakumar Yadav. Good over for CSK as 13 runs came from it.
Over 4|| Score 34/1
Russell set to bowl his second over. What a hit! First ball, AHHH and Raina made some room for himself and launched the bowler for a six over extra covers. But the bowler made an excellent comeback and gave mere two runs in rest of the five balls.
Over 3|| Score 26/1
Cummins to continue. First ball, Raina played a perfect drive towards extra covers for a boundary. What a shot by the southpaw, sheer class written all over it. Seven runs came from the over.
Over 2|| Score 19/1
Andre Russell to bowl the second over. Six run came from it as McCulum collected his first boundary off the last ball towards square leg.
Over 1|| Score 13/1
Pat Cummins to start of the bowling proceedings for KKR, whereas, dangerous opening pair of Brandon McCullum and Dwayne Smith are in the middle for CSK. Two boundaries from the first four balls from Smith's willow. Smith Out! Slower one by the speedster, which was a perfect yorker and it crashed into the stumps after touching the bat. Suresh Raina is the new man in, who start off his innings with a lucky boundary with the help of an inside edge.
DR Smith b Cummins 8 (5b)
Over 20|| Score 180/6
Nehra to bowl the final over of the innings. First ball, Boundary. Second ball, another boundary. Third ball, this time a maximum. OHH the big man, Pathan is on a roll here. From the last three balls came five runs, as KKR put up challenging total of 180 runs in front of CSK, after being invited to bat first.
Over 19|| Score 161/6
Negi to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. Negi picked up his third wicket in the form of Pandey. Pnadey went for an expensive shot but didn't connect it well and McCullum picked up a good running catch at deep long on. Negi then picked up two more wickets to scalp five wickets in the match. The diminutive left-arm spinner first got the better of Doeschate and then in the very next ball send back Suryakumar Yadav back to the hut. Two runs came from the over, whereas, three wickets fell.
SA Yadav c Nehra b Negi 0 (2b)
RN ten Doeschate st Dhoni b Negi 0 (1b)
MK Pandey c McCullum b Negi 32 (19b)
Over 18|| Score 159/3
Strike bowler Ashish Nehra is back into the attack. Off the second ball, Pandey whacked him for a six over his head. And then followed it with another six, this time over mid-wicket. Meanwhile, KKR crossed the 150-run mark. Good over for KKR as they collected 15 runs from it.
Over 17|| Score 139/3
Jadeja with his last over. Gambhir Out! Trying to hit the bowler straight over his head, Gambhir miss-timed his shot and McCullum took a sharp catch in the end. Yusuf Pathan has joined Pandey in the middle after the fall of Gambhir's wicket. Three runs came form the over.
G Gambhir c McCullum b Jadeja 80 (52b)
Over 16|| Score 136/2
Bravo to continue. Six off the first ball, as Gambhir made a room for himself and hit the bowler towards deep-square wicket. Off the fourth ball, Gambhir cut the slower one towards gully region for a boundary. He is playing a captains knock here. And in the last ball it was time for Pandey to hit his first boundary towards backward point. Big over for KKR as 18 runs came from the over.
Over 15|| Score 118/2
Jadeja with his third over. After losing two wickets in quick succession, KKR are dealing in singles at the moment. From the last 12 balls came 12 runs, all in singles, which affected KKR's run-rate a bit.
Over 14|| Score 112/2
Dwayne Bravo has been given the ball for the first time. Four runs came from the first four balls, all in singles. And the last two balls came another two singles. So a tight over by the West Indian, as he gave mere six runs in his opening over.
Over 13|| Score 106/2
Negi with his third over. Kallis Out! Negi gave his team the second breakthrough off his first ball. Kallis went for a maximum over covers but couldn't connect it well and gave a simple catch to Nehra at deep. Off the fourth ball, Gambhir collected a six, as Faf who was at deep took the catch but touched the boundary rope in doing so. Nine runs came from the over. Meanwhile, KKR crossed the hundred-run mark.
JH Kallis c Nehra b Negi 1 (4b)
Over 12|| Score 97/1
Jadeja set to bowl. Off the second ball Gambhir collected a boundary to complete his fifty in style, He smashed six boundaries and a six in his fifty. Six runs from the over.
Over 11|| Score 91/1
Pawan Negi to bowl his second over. Two runs came from the first four balls. Uthappa Out! Trying to charge the bowler, the right-hander came down the wicket but missed the line completely and Dhoni did the rest behind the wickets. 'King' Kallis has come to the middle after the fall of first wicket. Kallis Dropped at first slip by Raina.
RV Uthappa st Dhoni b Negi 39 (32b)
Over 10|| Score 89/0
Ravinder Jadeja has the ball in hand. Off the second ball, Gauti came down the pitch to hit the bowler for a six over long on. Though, Bravo had a chance to pick up a scintillating catch at the boundary but he missed it. Excellent start by KKR openers as they have collected 89 runs off the first ten overs, without losing a wicket.
Over 9|| Score 79/0
Ashwin to continue. Tight first five balls by the offie as he gave mere five runs, before Uthappa played an elegant late cut to collect a boundary. Nine came from the over.
Over 8|| Score 70/0
Pawan Negi has been introduced for the very first time. Running between the wickets hasn't been good so far in the match between KKR openers. Gambhir danced down the wicket off the fourth ball to hit the left-arm spinner towards deep-mid wicket for a boundary. Expensive over by the spinner as he gave ten runs.
Over 7|| Score 61/0
Ashwin to bowl his 2nd over. He is getting enough turn from the wicket. Uthappa is playing in from of his home crowd. off the fifth ball, Gambhir played a late cut to get his fourth boundary of the innings. Ashwin conceded seven from the over.
Over 6|| Score 54/0
Strange, Mohit Sharma to bowl his third consecutive over, even after looking ordinary. Two singes from the first three balls. Mohit is mixing up his deliveries. He is trying leg cutters, slower ones, bouncers. Meanwhile, KKR crossed the fifty-run mark. Off the fifth ball, 'classy' Uthappa played a beautiful cover drive to get his third boundary of the match.
Over 5|| Score 47/0
First bowling change. R Ashwin has been introduced into the attack. Three runs came from the first three balls. Off the last ball, Uthappa came down the track to launch the offie for a maximum over long on. Clean hit. A good start for KKR, whereas, CSK is still looking for their first breakthrough.
Over 4|| Score 36/0
Mohit set to bowl his second over. Gauti, pulled the second ball, short one, for a boundary towards square leg. Off the next came a single. But in between KKR openers are taking risky singles, which is not at all needed at the moment. Meanwhile, KKR collected seven runs from the over.
Over 3|| Score 29/0
Nehra to continue. First ball, on pads, as Uthappa flicked it towards fine leg for a single. Off the next came a lucky boundary from the bat of Gambhir as he played a french cut. Nehra has bowled well so far. Last ball, a bit shot, and Uthappa pulled it towards mid-wicket for a boundary. Ten from the over.
Over 2|| Score 19/0
Mohit Sharma to bowl the over. First ball, Uthappa welcomed the bowler with a boundary by playing a straight drive. Off the fourth ball came the second boundary of the match, this time from the bat of Gambhir. So an expensive over first up by Mohit as he leaked 14 runs.
Over 1|| Score 5/0
Neha is right on the money from the word go. First ball, sharp one by the Delhi seamer, beat the outside edge of Uthappa. From the next came a double as Uthappa played it towards covers. Single off the next. Ahh, Gambhir is looking shaky at the moment. So five runs came from the first over.
Ashish Neha has the new ball in hand as Uthappa is on strike to face the first ball of the match.
And here comes the two openers of KKR -- in from Robin Uthappa and skipper Gutam Gambhir.
MS Dhoni has led his team to the ground.
Toss: CSK have won the toss and will bowl first. KKR have done one change as Pat Cummins comes in for Sunil Naraine. However, no changes in CSK playing X1.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Champions League Twenty20 final between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Within a few minutes from now, CSK and KKR, the two Indian franchises, will lock-horns with each other in the summit clash of the sixth edition of Champions League Twenty20 from Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
Just ahead of the final clash, Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata franchise suffered a major blow in the form of their 'mystery spinner' Sunil Naraine, who was reported for suspect action in their last group match, for the second the time, and will not be allowed to bowl in the final. But, it's certainly a good news from CSK's perspective. And as the match is scheduled to take place at their home ground, it would be like cherry on the cake.
However, KKR can take heart from the fact that they are on a winning streak and have won 14 matches on the trot thus far, since the seventh edition of the IPL. With the likes of Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Suryakumar Yadav and Yusuf Pathan at disposal, Kolkata have enough fire-power in their batting line-up.
Though, without Narine, their bowling line-up is looking a bit vulnerable against the solid-batting line up of Chennai. But, in the finals, it would be exciting to watch the performance of Kuldeep Yadav, who has been picked up in the national team for the first three matches against West Indies.
On the other hand, CSK's destructive openers – Brandon McCullum and Dwayne Smith – haven't performed well so far in the tournament. But still they have enough depth in their batting line-up. With Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja they are capable of setting up a big total or chase down huge score.
If CSK win the match, they will lift the CLT20 trophy for the second time, but if KKR become victorious, it will be their maiden trophy.
Even on papers both the teams are looking at par with each other. So a thrilling final is on the cards for sure.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (capt), Suresh Raina, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, R. Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, John Hastings, Brendon McCullum, Samuel Badree, Francois Du Plessis
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Morne Morkel, Patrick Cummins, Andre Russell.