Kolkata Knight Riders handed a 7-wicket defeat to Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens tonight. Unbeaten fifties from Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell saw Kolkata through against MS Dhoni’s men in yellow. Catch all the highlights here.
A fantastic partnership between Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell saw Kolkata Knight Riders avenge their earlier defeat against the Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens. Chasing 166 to win, Kolkata lost a few wickets up-front but unbeaten fifties from Russell and Uthappa too the men in purple across the line.
Earlier, a stunning spell from Brad Hogg saw Knight Riders restrict Chennai to a gettable 165/9. Hogg, the 44-year-old turns the game on its head by picking up four wickets. McCullum was the only Super Kings batsman who scored at a speed of knots.
23:38: FOUR! That’s it! KKR avenges defeat, beats CSK by 7 wickets in a fantastic chase.
23:37: Single down the ground. Scored level.
23:36: Driven down the ground, gets two. 2 off 4 needed for KKR. More doing a fair job here.
23:35: Yorker another single. 4 off 4.
23:34: More to bowl it. Single to Uthappa. 5 off 5 now.
23:33: Mohit Sharma bowls a peach of an over here. Russell kept swinging, Russell kept missing. A bit of jitters as KKR now need 6 runs off 6 balls.
23:28: FOUR! Full toss and whacked over cover by Uthappa. Too easy for KKR! 7 runs from 10 balls now.
23:22: SIX more! Bigger and better! Brings up his fifty as well!
23:21: SIX! Slower delivery from Bravo but doesn’t matter, Russell sends it sailing into the crowd! What a hit that is!
23:15: The game is safely in KKR’s grasp. All they need is Russell and Uthappa to finish it off. 34 runs from 24 balls should be a cakewalk with 7 wickets in hand.
23:12: FOUR! SIX! Russell has taken off. Jadeja suffering. CSK needs wickets, now.
23:08: SIX! FOUR! FOUR! 14th IPL fifty for Uthappa. Turning the game KKR’s way!
23:06: 63 runs needed off 36 balls. This match is getting close and right now is nicely poised. A wicket here and there might do the trick!
23:03: FOUR more! Slashes hard and the ball flies off the edge.
23:02: FOUR! Bravo goes short and Russell cuts him to the point boundary.
22:57: Uthappa is angry, very angry. Jadeja rushing through his overs and Uthappa doesn’t like it. Gets into a tiff there. Even has a angry word to MS Dhoni.
22:55: FOUR! Russell cutting loose. Swings and swings hard.
22:53: SIX! Flat bat and bang! Russell tonks Negi over covers. 75/3 (11)overs
22:47: OUT! Surya (2) gives More his first IPL wicket! Tries to flick on the on side and gets caught by Bravo at third-man. Bizarre shot from Surya! KKR 57/3 (9.1 overs)
22:44: Oh! Miss stumping! MS Dhoni fails to gather the ball. Uthappa dances down the track and Negi beats him in flight. Dhoni makes a mess off it!
22:40: OUT! Manish Pandey (3) hits a long-hop from Negi straight to Jadeja at deep square leg. He would be devastated at that, should have hit that for a boundary but he couldn’t have picked out the fielder better! KKR 54/2 (8.2 over)
22:34: FOUR! More into the attack and delivers a rank bad ball, sliding down the leg and Uthappa clips it to the fence.
22:33: Bit of a lull in the game. Spin introduced and Uthappa is looking to be cautious.
22:25: Dropped! Uthappa completely deceived by Nehra, hits it straight, gets a hand but again, too tough on a follow through.
22:20: OUT! Complete miscue. Tried to go over square-leg, Gambhir (19) gets a leading edge and is caught at third man by More off Mohit Sharma. KKR 33/1
22:17: SIX! Nehra goes to the cleaners. Gambhir comes down the track and whacks the left-armer over mid-wicket.
22:15: FOUR! Uthappa walks down the track and delivers a tennis forehand over mid-off.
22:13: SIX! Slightly short and Gambhir picks it and deposits it over the mid-wicket fence. Top shot that! KKR 21/0 after 3 overs.
22:11: DROPPED! Hit back hard at the bowler. Mohit Sharma gets a hand to it on his follow through but tough one to hold on to.
22:05: No boundaries from the Nehra over. A bit of playing and missing from Gambhir but still gets seven runs from it.
21:57: FOUR! Uthappa off the mark with a wristy flick through mid-wicket. 6/0 after 1st over.
21:43: That’s it. Super Kings finish with 165/9. They looked good for a lot more but Brad Hogg spun his wen to spoil their party. Can the Knight Riders chase down 166?
21:38: OUT! Mohit Sharma gone for a duck! Russell deceives him first ball of the last over.
21:27: BOWLED! Negi (27) undone by that man….Hogg again! CSK 160/8 (18.5 overs)
21:36: SIX! Negi into the act, again!
21:35: OUT! Hogg gets his third. Jadeja (24) caught at deep square-leg. CSK 154/7 (18.3 overs)
21:30: FOUR! Take that for a shot! Short and a tennis forehand over mid-wicket. CSK 153/6 after 18 overs.
21:29: FOUR more! Short and pulled away in-front of square leg by Negi. Cummins giving away important runs these.
21:29: FOUR! Down the leg side and a fine tickle of the pads gets another boundary.
21:28: FOUR! Pitched up by Cummins and smashed over covers by Negi. One bounce and into the fence.
21:24: BOWLED! How slow was that? Bravo (30) fails to pick the slower from Russell, plays a false shot and ends up losing his off-bail! CSK 129/6 (16.3 overs)
21:18: DROPPED! Bravo miscues the pull off Cummins. Gambhir ran backwards and honestly, never looked like catching it.
21:15: FOUR! Edge from Bravo spoils Russell’s good work. CSK 121/5 after 15 overs.
21:11: SIX! Jadeja goes big. Slog sweep and over wide long it goes!
21:10: FOUR! Stand and deliver from Bravo! Pitched up from Hogg and smashed back down the ground.
21:05: A few quiet overs for CSK after the mayhem. KKR bowling the correct lines and Bravo and Jadeja looking to consolidate. CSK 104/5 after 13 overs.
20:56: FOUR! Brilliantly played by Bravo in the end. That one turned a square-mile from Chawla and the West Indian somehow edges it down to third-man.
20:55: Bravo and Jadeja need to get a partnership going. 88/5 after 10 overs, KKR would be very happy with the last five overs.