Chennai Super Kings 124-6 (Jadeja 36no) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 119-9 (Jadeja 3-20) by 4 wickets
Indian Premier League 2013, Eden Gardens
Report by Chetan Narula
Chennai Super Kings carried on their winning form from Delhi to the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, beating their hosts Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets. The win is a fourth one for Chennai in six games, elevating them to third in the points table with eight points. Kolkata meanwhile have suffered a fourth loss in as many matches, lying third from last in the table, with only four points from two wins.
It was Kolkata who won the toss and elected to bat first. Yusuf Pathan, under fire for his poor form, was elevated to the opening spot and it worked for a bit, as he put on 46 runs with Gautam Gambhir in just 35 balls. Gambhir (25) was first out, Chris Morris (1-12) giving Chennai a breakthrough. It opened the floodgates as Kolkata slid to 55 for four. Jacques Kallis was run-out for a duck without facing a ball and Dwayne Bravo (1-14) sent back Eoin Morgan for just two runs. Immediately, Pathan (25) was run out too, leaving Eden Gardens stunned as the bulk of Knight Riders' batting had departed.
Manoj Tiwary (13) and Debabrata Das (19) added 27 runs to stem the rot and it seemed like Kolkata might just pull through to a fighting total. But another collapse put paid to those hopes as R Ashwin (2-21) and Ravindra Jadeja (3-20) ran through the lower order. Ashwin removed both set batsmen and then Jadeja sent back Rajat Bhatia (1) and Laxmi Ratan Shukla (1). He then took the wicket of Sunil Narine who scored 19 runs, hitting two sixes, as Kolkata finished with 119 for nine in their allotted twenty overs.
Chennai sprung a surprise when Ashwin walked out to open the innings with Michael Hussey. The move almost didn't work out as the two nearly had a comical run-out. But settled down enough to put on 24 runs. Perhaps the move was owing to Kolkata's spin prowess. It showed up when Ashwin (11) was dismissed by Narine (1-20).
Kolkata then exerted a lot of pressure and brought forth a Chennai collapse. Murali Vijay (2) and Suresh Raina (7) were out in quick succession, while MS Dhoni was run out for 9 runs, leaving them in a near similar position of 55/4. Hussey then played an experienced hand, putting on 17 runs with S Badrinath (6) and then another 18 runs with Jadeja, stretching the score to 89 for six. He top-scored with 40 runs off 51 balls, including two fours and one six.
Jadeja then went against the run of play and smacked 36 runs off just 14 balls, hitting three fours and three sixes, taking Chennai home with five balls remaining. L Balaji (1-28), S Senanayake (1-18), Pathan (1-9) and Kallis (1-32) shared the wickets, but none inflicted enough damage to help Kolkata win.
© Cricket World 2013
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