New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 2 runs in the 28th match of the Indian Premier League at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Over 20 | Score 132/9
17 needed off 6. Bravo to bowl his final over. Ryan ten Doeschate worked the first ball towards deep cover and they didn't go for the single. Bravo followed it with another slower ball, and Doeschate couldn't connect with that one. Ryan charged down the wicket off the third ball, couldn't connect once again. No runs off the first three balls. He finally picked one short ball, Ryan went after it and pulled it powerfully over deep midwicket for a Six! 11 needed from 2 balls. A boundary and a six will take it to the Super Over. Ryan charged down the wicket off the last ball and drove it through covers for a boundary. 7 needed off the last ball. A six can take it to the Super Over. Ryan once again charged down the wicket off the last ball and scored a boundary towards deep cover. But that wouldn't be enough as CSK have won the match by 2 runs.
Ryan ten Doeschate 38* (28b) Brad Hogg 2* (1b)
Over 19 | Score 118/9
30 needed from 12, Nehra to bowl out. Umesh Yadav is the new man in. He started with an excellent yorker to Ryan who was looking to make room for himself, dot ball. Nehra followed it with a full-toss and Ryan hammered it towards midwicket for a one-bounce boundary. Third ball was a half-volley and Doeschate hammered it over deep midwicket for a Six! What a shot under pressure! Ryan worked the fourth ball straight down the ground for a single, he wanted a second run there but there was no chance. Umesh on strike. Nehra bowled a good yorker to Umesh, which rattled his stumps! Brad Hogg is the new man in. The veteran needs to do something sensible here. He made room for himself and worked the ball past extra-cover for a couple of runs which means Ryan will be on strike in the last over.
UT Yadav b Nehra 0 (1b)
Over 18 | Score 104/8
34 needed from 18, Bravo to bowl his second over. He started with a slow ball, and Cummins hit it straight towards deep midwicket where Jadeja took an easy chance! Piyush Chawla is the new man in. Ryan worked the second ball towards midwicket and on that occasion scored a couple of runs. He followed it with yet another slower ball, and Ryan ran a leg bye. He bowled a slower one to Chawla who couldn't connect with that one. Chawla charged down the wicket off the fifth ball, hit hit high and it landed into the safe hands of MS Dhoni just near the wicket. Ryan took a single off the last ball to keep the strike. Just three from the over and two wickets for Bravo – once again outstanding stuff by him in the death overs.
PP Chawla c Dhoni b Bravo 0 (2b)
PJ Cummins c Jadeja b Bravo 0 (2b)
Over 17 | Score 101/6
40 needed off 24. Nehra brought back into the attack. Ryan worked the first ball towards the leg side for a single. Russell followed it with another single towards long-on. Ryan smashed the third ball straight towards long-off for another single. Russell worked the fourth ball towards covers for another single. Nehra bowled a bouncer to Ryan, who worked it towards square leg, Russell went for the second run, was sent back by Doeschate but it was too late and Dhoni didn't miss out on disturbing the stumps! Massive wicket for CSK! Pat Cummins is the new man in. KKR ended the over with a leg bye. 6 from the over.
AD Russell run out 4 (4b)
Over 16 | Score 95/5
45 needed from 30, Dwayne Bravo has finally been brought into the attack. Ryan worked the first ball towards fine leg for a single as it was well stopped by Dhoni. He followed it with another slower ball to Yusuf, who got an edge which went on to hit the stumps! Andre Russell is the new man in and KKR need him to play another gem here. Russell worked the third ball towards long-on for a single. Ryan worked the fourth ball towards midwicket for another single. Russell hit the fifth ball towards covers for another single. Ryan took a single off the last ball to keep the strike. 7 from the over.
YK Pathan b Bravo 13 (18b)
Over 15 | Score 88/4
Mohit to bowl his final over. 4 from the over. So KKR's wait for a boundary has further been extended!
Over 14 | Score 84/4
Raina to bowl his third over. Ryan slapped the fourth ball straight towards short midwicket where McCullum got hold of it but spilled it at the last moment. It was only McCulllum who could have made that look like a chance. 4 from the over. KKR haven't scored a boundary in the last 7 overs!
Over 13 | Score 80/4
Mohit Sharma is back. He bowled a slower one to Surya, he hit it high towards long-on where Dwayne Bravo ran and took an incredible low catch. That looked mind blowing, however there could have been a big collision between him and Faf who was running from mid-off. Ryan ten Doeschate is the new man in. Four from the over and a wicket, for which Bravo deserves more credit than the bowler.
SA Yadav c Bravo b Sharma 16 (26b)
Over 12 | Score 76/3
Raina to continue. 5 from the over. KKR are putting them under some sort of pressure as Ashwin, Jadeja and Raina are getting through their overs very quickly without giving boundaries.
Over 11 | Score 71/3
Jadeja to bowl his third over. Just one from the over. Even though they aren't chasing a big target, KKR cannot just go around scoring 2-3 runs every over.
Over 10 | Score 70/3
This is a slow track and thus Dhoni has brought Raina into the attack now. Another economical over, just 3 runs off it.
Over 9 | Score 67/3
Jadeja to continue. Just three from the over. 68 runs needed from 11 overs. KKR need not panic and if they bat through the 20 overs, they will for sure reach there easily.
Over 8 | Score 64/2
Ashwin to continue. He once again offered flight, Manish slog-swept it straight to Bravo at deep midwicket. Poor shot, there was no need for such a stroke and it would only add more pressure on the batsmen to follow. Yusuf Pathan is the new man in. Three from the over and another crucial wicket for Ashwin.
MK Pandey c Bravo b Ashwin 15 (20b)
Over 7 | Score 61/2
Ravindra Jadeja to bowl from the other end. Surya got an edge off the fifth ball, which rushed past third man for a boundary. 7 from the over.
Over 6 | Score 54/2
Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack. He offered good flight off the first ball, Uthappa went for the sweep but holed it straight to McCullum at short midwicket. Great catch there by Baz as the ball was travelling very quickly. Suryakumar Yadav is the new man in. Excellent first over from Ashwin, he got plenty of turn in the over as well.
RV Uthappa c McCullum b Ashwin 39 (17b)
Over 5 | Score 52/1
Nehra to bowl his second over. Fourth ball was pitched slightly fuller and Uthappa worked it past the fielder at mid-off for a boundary. Pandey got an edge off the last ball which flew between first slip and MS Dhoni for another boundary. KKR are cruising here! MSD needs to bring his spinners into attack.
Over 4 | Score 42/1
Mohit Sharma has been brought into the attack. He started with a slow ball and Uthappa once again cleared mid-on for another boundary. He followed it with another short ball, Uthappa worked it fine over square leg for a boundary. Mohit followed it with another bouncer and Uthappa worked it towards deep fine leg for his third consecutive boundary. 14 from the over. Excellent start for KKR. Uthappa is once again reminding all of us of his stupendous form from last year!
Over 3 | Score 28/1
Ishwar to continue. Second ball was a half-volley and Uthappa flicked it handsomely over deep midwicket for a Six! Fourth ball was a half-volley again and Uthappa smashed it over mid-on for another boundary. 13 from the over. KKR are off to a good start despite losing their skipper for a first-ball duck!
Over 2 | Score 15/1
Ashish Nehra, the start for CSK this season, to bowl from the other end. Fifth ball was pitched short and Uthappa pulled it over midwicket for a boundary. 10 from the over.
Over 1 | Score 5/1
Uthappa-Gambhir to open for KKR, and surprise is that Ishwar Pandey will bowl the first over. Uthappa was off the mark off the first ball with a single towards covers. Pandey bowled a straight ball to Gambhir, who was looking to guide it towards third man but edged it straight to Dhoni. Manish Pandey is the new man in. Ishwar bowled a length ball to Manish who drove it through extra-cover for a boundary. Exactly the kind of start CSK were looking for!
G Gambhir c Dhoni b Pandey 0 (1b)
This a below par score considering the batting powerhouse CSK are. KKR have done well to restrict them for such a paltry score and since the wicket is keeping slow, both Ashwin and Jadeja can prove to be handy on this track.
Over 20 | Score 134/6
Umesh Yadav to bowl the final over. He started with a short ball, Faf couldn't connect with that one as the ball hit him around the chest. Faf shuffled down towards the off-side for the second ball, tried hitting a scoop but didn't connect. Faf charged down the wicket off the third ball, Umesh bowled it wide and the South African could manage just a single towards mid-off. Ashwin worked the fourth ball towards square leg, where a misfield from Gambhir converted a single into a boundary! Umesh followed it with a full-toss down the leg side and Ashwin just timed it well past fine leg for another boundary. Ashwin took a single off the last ball.
Faf du Plessis 29* (29b) Ravichandran Ashwin 9* (4b)
Over 19 | Score 124/6
Hogg to bowl his final over. Faf made room for himself and worked the first ball towards covers for a single. Jadeja followed it with a single by hitting the ball towards gully. Hogg spun the third ball away from Faf who was making room and didn't connect with that one. Faf was down the track off the fourth ball for a single towards long-on. Jadeja was looking to charge down the wicket off the fifth ball, missed the line and Hogg was rewarded with his first wicket of the match after some excellent bowling! Ravichandran Ashwin is the new man in. Hogg ends a brilliant spell: 4-0-18-1
RA Jadeja b Hogg 15 (20b)
Over 18 | Score 121/5
Cummins to bowl his final over. 6 from the over.
Over 17 | Score 115/5
Hogg, who bowled two good overs, is back in attack. Faf swept the second ball past wide of long-on for a boundary. CSK need more of those! 9 from the over. CSK would want to score at least 30-35 more runs in the remaining three overs.
Over 16 | Score 106/5
Russell to bowl his final over. He surprised Jadeja with a very well-directed bouncer which hit the left-hander bang on the helmet! 7 from the over. Russell and Chawla have both conceded 26 runs from their quota of 4 overs and have two wickets apiece to their names!
Over 15 | Score 99/5
Chawla to bowl his final over. 7 from the over.
Over 14 | Score 92/5
Gambhir is going for the kills, Cummins has been brought back. Just 4 from the over. CSK need Faf to bat throughout the innings if they want to put a respectable score on the board. Jadeja too, will have to contribute with some lusty blows as the batsmen to followw, don't have the reputation of scoring runs at a quick pace. Time for a strategic break.
Over 13 | Score 88/5
Chawla into his third over. Chawla ended the over with a well flighted delivery, slower in the air and Bravo hit it straight towards Suryakumar Yadav at long-off. Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in. Jaddu needs to support Faf well here as CSK don't find themselves in such a position.
DJ Bravo c SA Yadav b Chawla 5 (7b)
Over 12 | Score 85/4
Russell to bowl his third over. He surprised Dhoni with a quick bouncer and it worked well as the CSK skipper edged it behind the wickets! Oh boy, KKR are all over the place in CSK's home ground! Dwayne Bravo is the new man in. Russell ended the over with a length ball to his compatriot who smashed it over mid-off for a boundary. 6 from the over.
MS Dhoni c Uthappa b Russell 3 (6b)
Over 11 | Score 79/3
Chawla to bowl his second over. Six from the over.
Over 10 | Score 73/3
Russell to continue. He bowled one away from Raina, who was looking to make room and edged it to the keeper. Massive blow for CSK! MS Dhoni is the new man in. 8 from the over. KKR are in control of the game at the moment.
SK Raina c Uthappa b Russell 17 (21b)
Over 9 | Score 65/2
Hogg to continue. Raina charged down the wicket to a delivery which sharply swung away from him, edged it towards short third man and a direct throw from the fielder saw Smith short of his crease. That's another big blow by KKR! Faf du Plessis is the new man in. 4 from the over. CSK batsmen have been very cautious against him so far.
DR Smith run out 25 (19b)
Over 8 | Score 61/1
Andre Russell has been brought into the attack. It was proving to be a good over as Russell conceded just two runs off the first five balls, but he ended the over with an overpitched ball and Raina smashed it over extra-cover for a boundary. 6 from the over.
Over 7 | Score 55/1
Brad Hogg, the oldest player in the tournament history, is brought into the attack. Excellent start from the veteran Aussie, just two from his first over.
Over 6 | Score 53/1
Umesh to bowl his third over. Fourth ball was pitched short and wide and Raina cleared point for a boundary. 5 from the over.
Over 5 | Score 48/1
Piyush Chawla has been brought into the attack. Baz charged down the wicket off the second ball and launched it straight down the ground for a boundary. But Chawla had the last laugh as he deceived McCullum with a wrong one, which hit his pads right in front of the wicket. Suresh Raina was the new man in. He executed a beautiful sweep shot off the last ball which cleared square leg boundary for a Six! 10 from the over.
BB McCullum lbw b Chawla 19 (14b)
Over 4 | Score 38/0
Umesh to continue. Smith attempted a pull shot off the fourth ball, got a top edge which sailed over third man for a Six! Fifth ball drifted down the leg side and Smith just timed it well past fine leg for another boundary. Smith slashed hard at the last ball, got an edge which went past the diving fielder at slip for a boundary. 15 from the over and once again CSK are off to a great start!
Over 3 | Score 23/0
Cummins to continue. McCullum made room for himself off the third ball and slapped it straight down the ground for a Six! Superb shot that one! Cummins ended the over with a good yorker, but McCullum timed it well past fine leg for another boundary. 12 from the over. Gambhir could try bowling spin from one end.
Over 2 | Score 11/0
Umesh Yadav to bowl from the other end. McCullum worked the first ball towards third man area for a boundary. Umesh conceded three more runs off the next five balls.
Over 1 | Score 4/0
Pat Cummins to bowl the first over, McCullum-Smith are looking ready for yet another good start for CSK. Smith was offered some width off the third ball, he went after it and the edge flew past slip cordon for a boundary.
TOSS: KKR won the toss and Gautam Gambhir decided to bowl first.
KKR would be in a spot of bother as Sunil Narine – their maverick spinner was reported for suspect action once again and in case he doesn't play against CSK, they will face a tough task of getting through those four overs. Gambhir has been in sublime form for them this season and the likes of Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan will have to crank their performances up by a few notches to do well against a quality side like Chennai.
CSK, on the other hand, have been in terrific form where they have won five out of six matches. Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith have been in stupendous form at the top of the order where they have demolished the best of the bowling attacks with their big-hitting skills.
The Spin department was an area of concern for MS Dhoni, but both Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were back in form in their previous encounter against Kings XI Punjab and KKR would be wary of the damage these two can cause.