Kolkata Take Win Over Chennai Amidst Rain Clouds
Kolkata Knight RIders 61-2 (Kallis 21no) beat
Chennai Super Kings 114-4 by ten runs (D/L) method
Indian Premier League 2011, Kolkata
Kolkata Knight Riders pipped defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 10 runs (D/L method) at Kolkata, proving that their new found IPL 2011 success is not a flash in the pan.
The match was partly washed off due to rain that had earlier threatened any chance of play and later returned to end it prematurely.
When play did begin, it was delayed by an hour, yet the umpires hadn’t deducted any overs. This meant that Chennai batted first and they had all their 20 overs to play. But the pitch wasn’t absolutely conducive to shot making and the slowness could have been the after effect of a wet outfield as well. All in all, it affected their scoring rate and the early wickets didn’t help their cause either.
Murali Vijay continued his poor run of form while Suresh Raina couldn’t do much as the score read 15 for two in the sixth over. Michael Hussey stuck around for a while, trying to get the rate up but he played 26 deliveries without being able to do much. When he was out in the 11th over, Chennai were still struggling at 49 for three.
It was down once more to Subramaniam Badrinath who has been the man in form for them in this tournament. Riding on, he carried the Chennai innings across the hundred run mark in the 19th over and on the way completed his half-century. He scored 54 runs off 41 balls, including three fours and two sixes, belying the slowness of the pitch and outfield with some quick running between the wickets.
Giving him aid was Albie Morkel who came up with a chanceless 30 off 30 balls (three fours) and together they put up 65 runs for the fourth wicket. Badrinath was out off the last ball of their innings and even so, 114 for four was only going to be a near-fighting total if they could get some early wickets.
Ravichandran Ashwin did oblige, picking up the wicket of Eoin Morgan early, but Kolkata were in no mood to disappoint their home crowds who are slowly beginning to return to the Eden Gardens. Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir drove the innings further before Ashwin took his second wicket in the 6th over.
He had Gambhir caught at cover for 16 runs and the score was at 33 for two then, with rain clouds looming again. Four overs later, as Kallis and Manoj Tiwary batted together, rain did come and washed off any chances of the match being completed. After ten overs, Kolkata were placed at 61 for two which were ten runs more than the D/L par score.
This victory took them top of the table with 14 points, same as those of Mumbai Indians.
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