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Ranchi: Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 34 runs in the 21st match of the Indian Premier League played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.
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Chennai Super Kings won by 34 runs
Over 17 || Score 114/9
Mohit Sharma got two wickets in the final over for a haul of three by conceding 22 runs from his three overs.
With 11 wickets, Mohit is the leading wicket-taker and the holder of purple cap.
Chennai bowlers set up a comfortable win for MS Dhoni in his first home game this season.
Over 16 || Score 110/7
19 runs off Hilfenhaus' final over, thanks to three sixes, all by Yusuf. Kolkata still need 40 runs from the last over.
Yusuf has raced to 39 from 26 balls. But it seems, his efforts – brilliant though, will be short by some distance.
Over 15 || Score 91/7
Sad, sad story for the Kolkata-based franchise. All their hopes, for a reversal of fortunes with the IPL homecoming in India, still proved a distant dream.
Mohit Sharma, who was struggling a little while ago, found his mojo in his third over, and castled Andre Russel.
Andre Russell b Mohit Sharma 1 (5b)
Target for Kolkata, an improbable one: 59 from 12 balls.
Over 14 || Score 88/6
Jadeja got the better of Uthappa, as the Kolkata batsman trying yet another reverse-sweep, ended up offering a relatively easy catch for Dhoni.
Robin Uthappa c MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja 47 (38b)
Jadeja has returned with 4 for 12 from 4 overs. Match winning stuff from the spinner.
Over 13 || Score 84/5
Finally some cheers for the batting team, as Yusuf found the sweet spot – to send the final two balls of Ashwin's quota for a six and a four.
The over produced 10 important runs. Kolkata required 66 runs from 24 balls.
Over 12 || Score 74/5
Jadeja completed his third over, conceding only five runs. His figure reads, 2-8-3. In the centre, Yusuf Pathan is giving company as the target becomes an insurmountable one.
Over 11 || Score 96/5
Another superb over from Ashwin, giving away only three runs. Surely, Chennai are in total control here in Ranchi.
For the batting team, Uthappa, it seems is the lone warrior. But Yuusf Pathan's ability with the bat cannot be discounted.
Over 10 || Score 66/5
Another wicket for Jadeja, his third of the evening. Kolkata have found themselves at the receiving end of the spinners.
Though the decision was little harsh, but Suryakumar Yadav failed to read the Jadej's operating line. The LBW decision look easy at first.
Suryakumar Yadav lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 8 (13b)
Half the side gone for Kolkata.
Over 9 || Score 64/4
Uthappa tried everything, coming down the pitch, shuffling the stand, reverse-sweeping... to counter Ashwin's guile. But still the outcome is equal to a naught. The over resulted only five runs, all coming through singles.
Target – 85 from 48 balls.
Over 8 || Score 59/4
Dhoni brought back Ishwar Pandey, only to witness the medium pacer punish by Uthappa. The over went for another 10 runs.
For the chasing team, Uthappa has reached 38 from 25 deliveries which included five fours and a six.
Over 7 || Score 49/4
However, despite the slide, Uthappa continued with his own rhythm. The over, first one from Suresh Raina, yielded 10 runs thanks to a four off a reverse-sweep.
In his company is Suryakumar Yadav.
Now the target is 100 from 60 balls. Some task ahead for the batting team.
Over 6 || Score 39/4
Ravindra Jadeja rocked Kolkata. The left-arm spinner sent two KKR batsmen back in the space of two balls.
First Manish Pandey, off the very first ball of his spell. McCullum, who played a crucial innings earlier in the evening coolly collected the lofted ball to send back the batsman.
And Shakib Al Hasan, who bowled beautifully during the Chennai innings, lasted only one delivery as he tried to launch one over the mid-wicket boundary. But his attempt met an equally stunning effort from Manish Sharma, with the fielder taking the catch diving forward.
Manish Pandey c Brendon McCullum b Ravindra Jadeja 1 (2b)
Shakib Al Hasan c Manish Sharma b Ravindra Jadeja 0 (1b)
Over 5 || Score 38/2
Dhoni invoked Ravichandran Ashwin and the call replied with the wicket of Kallis, off a poor delivery – which was going down for a wide delivery.
The Proteas legend tried to hoist over the fine-leg boundary, but managed to find Mithun Manhas at backward point. A soft dismissal.
It was followed by another heart in the mouth moment as Uthappa almost got himself out, with Raina grassing a tough chance at deep mid-wicket.
Jacques Kallis c Mithun Manhas b Ravichandran Ashwin 4 (6b)
Over 4 || Score 35/1
Despite the departure of his skipper, Uthappa is keeping the chase alive. And now, bearing brunt is Mohit Sharma.
Two boundaries boundary and over-boundary in the over meant Kolkata have raced to 35 at the end of third over. 15 runs came from the over, with another over left in the power-play.
Over 3 || Score 20/1
Fatal mixed-up. Kolkata skipper departs as Dhoni throws the ball at the bowler's end following Gambhir's failed attempt to hook the delivery from Hilfenhaus.
Gautam Gambhir run out 7 (7b)
With the fall of first wicket, Jacques Kallis arrived in the centre to give Uthappa company.
Over 2 || Score 16/0
Indian youngster, Ishwar Pandey sharing the new ball with Hilfenhaus, struggled as both Gambhir and Uthappa have seemed to found their touch. The over went for 13 runs, including back-to-back boundaries from the elevated opener.
Over 1 || Score 3/0
It's Robin Uthappa with skipper, Gambhir starting the chase for Kolkata. Ben Hilfenhaus' first delivery showed enough life in the pitch, with the ball swinging and troubling Uthappa.
The Australian fast-bowler almost knocked Gambhir as his fourth delivery sailed above the waist-line, which the umpire adjudged a no-ball. Gambhir did connect the shot, which was fielded at gully.
The over produced only three runs for the batting side.
Over 17 || Score 148/3
Gautam Gambhir chose Andre Russel for the final over and it proved an expensive one as Dhoni and Jadeja took 15 runs off the six deliveries.
Jadeja started with a single, nudging through long off. Then Dhoni clubbed the next delivery over the same area, for a six. Three balls later, Jadeja found another four – straight over the bowler's head. He finished with a flurry, scroing 17 runs off 10 balls, whereas his skipper contributed with 22 from 17 balls.
Over 16 || Score 133/3
Sunil Narine, who was celebrating his tenth wicket of the edition, connived with the popping crease to the disappointment of team-mates. After getting Jadeja caught at crease, for a leg before the wicket decision, the mandatory review showed the crafty spinner over-stepping. Thus the life-line.
But the over was prove good one as the batting side could only managed seven runs, including a single off the free-hit.
Over 15 || Score 126/3
Andre Russel struck in his first over, after starting off with a four. McCullum, in a bid to increase the run-rate, tried to loft the third ball of the over, over deep point boundary. But Russel's wide and full delivery ended with a catch for waiting Yusuf Pathan. Huge wicket for the fielding side.
Brendon McCullum c Yusuf Pathan b Andre Russell 56 (40b)
But the newly arrived Ravindra Jadeja took the steam out of Russel's final delivery as the Indian all-rounder hoisted it over deep mid-wicket boundary.
Over 14 || Score 114/2
Six singles from the over maketh Sunil Narine a happy bowler at the death. Surprising to see Dhoni trudged through the line, checking his shots. Probably settling down.
For the bowling part, Sunil did enough to keep both the batsmen thinking, with variety of deliveries.
Over 13 || Score 108/2
Vinay Kumar did exceptionally well to keep the dangerous duo of Brendon McCullum and MS Dhoni. He gave away only six runs, in his third over, as bastmen started to look to increase the scoring rate.
Over 12 || Score 102/2
Experienced Jacques Kallis got his share of bowling. After conceding two singles from the the first three deliveries, he kept the fourth ball little short, which allowed the marauder in McCullum to pull, and pulled it beyond the ropes. 10 runs from the over, and final strategic time-out of the innings.
Another fifty from the resurgent McCullum, who seems to be enjoying a superb phase in cricketing life after getting the role of skipper for his national team.
Five overs remaining to the innings. Some hitting to come, for sure.
Over 11 || Score 92/2
Shakib pulled another one back for Kolkata.
This time, Suresh Raina – who was starting to find the gaps, failed to clear the long-on boundary, where youngster Suryakumar Yadav completed a cool catch. Shakib completed his four overs. The figure read, 4-26-2. Very good work.
And with it, arrived in the centre is Ranchi's favourite son – Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Suresh Raina c Suryakumar Yadav b Shakib Al Hasan 31 (25b)
Over 10 || Score 85/1
Raina joined the hunt as Chawla failed to keep it tight. A six – down the pitch, and a four from the over help Raina milk the spinner for 13 runs.
Run rate has now increased to 8.5 an over. With all the big hitters to come, both the batsmen can risk few shots in between.
Over 9 || Score 72/1
Shakib the fielder was called into action at deep mid-wicket, and he did cut two possible boundaries to doubles, but with deliveries from Vinay Kumar ever keeping short, the third ball resulted in the first boundary of the over.
Then, trying to curb the onslaught, Vinay corrected, rather changed the length and line but the fourth delivery also resulted the same. The over went for 13 runs, costliest so far.
And the partnership has crossed 50.
Over 8 || Score 59/1
And Chawla continued, conceding eight runs in his second over, before the umpires called for the strategic break.
The over witnessed New Zealand skipper play another pull shot towards the mid-wicket area, resulting in yet another boundary. This has been the norm so far at Ranchi today.
Over 7 || Score 51/1
Finally some pace as Vinay Kumar bowled the seventh over, and the former India pacer started with a couple of dot balls before a leg-bye allowed McCullum to change the guard. Raina played two balls for a single. The final delivery, McCullum hooked one above mid-wicket boundary, and that's second six for the innings.
And with those eight runs, the partnership has reached 30 from 25 odd balls.
Over 6 || Score 43/1
Another spinner on. Gautam Gambhir brought in Piyush Chawla, probably sensing better return from the slow and turning turf.
But Chawla's over went for 10 runs as Suresh Raina found two fours. The first one was the result of a perfect cut, guiding through the point. But the second one, thanks to a fielding mess by Yusuf Pathan at deep point helped the batting side add another four.
Over 5 || Score 33/1
Superb over from Shakib. Four runs from the fifth over, and he has quickly completed three overs conceding 19 runs and that wicket of Smith.
Both the Chennai batsmen are playing cautiously with the wicket offering assistance to spinners.
Over 4 || Score 29/1
Keeping the momentum, McCullum played an exquisite pull shot over the mid-wicket area despite the ball getting substantial turn.
With Smith's departure, CSK's man-friday Suresh Raina arrived in the centre and the south-paw looked ragged facing two final deliveries from Narine's second over.
The over yielded nine good runs as Chennai chugged along rather nicely, at an rate of 7.25 per over.
Over 3 || Score 20/1
Shakib struck for Kolkata.
Umpire Nigel Long had no hesitation raising the finger following Shakib Al Hasan straight delivery hit Dwayne Smith's pad.
A ball earlier, the classy West Indian lofted Shakib's second ball of the over, over the long off boundary for the first six of the day.
Dwayne Smith lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 16(11)
Over 2 || Score 14/0
Sunil Narine shared the new ball with Shakib. But his compatriot, Smith reverse-swept the very first delivery for a four. Despite conceding a boundary from the first ball, he managed to curtailed the run-flow and there were only five runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 9/0
Bangladesh all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan opened the bowling, with a dot but soon swashbuckling West Indian batsman -- Dwayne Smith responded with a boundary two balls later. Smith's opening partner from New Zealand -- Brendon McCullum joined the hunt with another four in the penultimate ball of the over. The over yielded nine runs.
Finally some positive news from the centre. The match will start at 9:40 PM and it will be a 17-overs a side game. With the reduction in overs, the power-play will be for five overs, with three bowlers getting a maximum of four overs each to bowl. And there will be a 10-minute innings break.
Start of the match delayed due to rain.
Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk/capt.), Mithun Manhas, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ishwar Pandey, Manish Sharma
Gautam Gambhir (capt.), Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Robin Uthappa (wk.), Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, R Vinay Kumar, Sunil Narine
Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and Chennai will bat first, as the threat of intermittent rain interruption loom large in Ranchi. Dhoni, during the toss, said that the pitch look good.
In the first match of the India-leg, Chennai are fielding an unchanged XI. But for Gautam Gambhir's Kolkata have made two changes, surprisingly leaving out Morne Morkel for Andre Russell, and Yusuf Pathan returning at the expense of gloves-man Bisla.
In between, Gambhir -- who had a tormenting UAE-leg, was blessed with a baby girl yesterday.