Chennai Spin Out Kolkata
Chennai Super Kings 149-3 (McCullum 56) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 114-9 by 34 runs
Indian Premier League 2014, Ranchi
The Chennai Super Kings spinners played a key role as the two-time champions beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by 34 runs as the Indian Premier League 2014 returned to India.
Ravindra Jadeja (4-12) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1-21) shared five wickets to bowl their side to a convincing win, their fifth of the competition and fifth in a row.
Brendon McCullum had earlier top scored with 56 as they posted 148 for three, to which Kolkata replied with 114 for nine.
On a slow and sticky pitch, they had few answers to Chennai who remain undefeated since their loss in their opening game to leaders the Kings XI Punjab.
The game was reduced to 17 overs per side after a delayed start due to rain and after Chennai won the toss, they set about posting a score in excess of what some have managed so far in 20 overs.
McCullum led the way with 56 in 40 balls with four fours and two sixes, one of which helped him reach his half-century.
Dwayne Smith was trapped in front by Shakib Al Hasan for 16 and the former Bangladesh captain also had Suresh Raina (31) caught by Suryakumar Yadav to return two for 25.
McCullum fell when he was caught by Yusuf Pathan off Andre Russell but with MS Dhoni (22 not out in 17 balls) and Jadeja (17 not out in 10) also showing strong form, Chennai finished as strongly as they had begun.
Kolkata were soon in trouble with the bat and it was of their own making.
Captain Gautam Gambhir's dismal tournament continued when he ran himself out, charging down the wicket trying to take a single to wicket-keeper Dhoni despite Robin Uthappa having turned his back.
He was miles short and gone for six when Ben Hilfenhaus broke the stumps at the bowler's end.
Ashwin then had Jacques Kallis (4) caught by Mithun Manhas as he and Jadeja strangled the life out of Kolkata's innings.
In the sixth over, Manish Pandey (1) chipped Jadeja to McCullum and Shakib hit his first ball into the hands of Mohit Sharma in the deep.
A recovery of sorts was launched by Uthappa, who made 47 in 38 balls, and Yadav, who scored eight, before Jadeja got them both - the former trapped in front and the latter caught by Dhoni as he gloved a reverse sweep.
At 88 for five, the game was over as a contest and although Pathan belted Hilfenhaus for three leg-side sixes in the 16th over, there was nothing even he could do to rescue his side.
Sharma bowled Russell for one, had Piyush Chawla caught by Faf du Plessis for the same score and then had Pathan trapped in front to claim the Purple Cap.
Pathan had blasted 41 in 29 balls but even his return to some form was scant consolation for his side as they limped to a fourth defeat of the season.
Sharma ended with figures of three for 22.
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