Posted On Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 08:39:48 AM
Chennai Super Kings made heavy weather of a small chase before Ravindra Jadeja’s blitzkrieg powered the visitors to a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a intercity T20 league match in Kolkata yesterday.
|Chennai Super Kings’ Ravindra Jadeja
Chasing a paltry 120, the Super Kings found themselves on a tight corner when they were redused to 89 for six in the 17th over. But Jadeja (36 off 14) and used long handle to great effect to wrap up the issue for CSK.
He shared an unbeaten 35-run partnership with Dwayne Bravo (7) to guide CSK home. Apart from Jadeja, Mike Hussey (40 off 51) played a sensible innings at the top to keep CSK in the hunt even thought wickets kept falling at the other end.
With CSK needing 27 runs from the last three overs, the Knight Riders brought in their trump card Sunil Narine in the 18th over, but Jadeja hit the bowler straight over his head for a huge six.
Jadeja got a huge reprieve when Yusuf Pathan dropped him at the square leg boundary as he continued his assault with three boundaries in Jacques Kallis’ penultimate over that reduced the equation to two runs from the last over. Jadeja was in no mood to relent even though the game was under their control.
He pulled Pathan over midwicket boundary for another six to help the CSK wrap up the issue with five balls to spare. Like Knight Riders, the Super Kings had a surprise up their sleeve when they sent Ravichandran Ashwin (11) to open the innings along with Hussey.
But the move failed as the visitors had a sloppy start to their low chase. Narine gave KKR breakthrough in the fifth over, dismissing Ashwin while Senanayake, who opened the proceedings with Balaji, ran through his four overs and gave the team their second wicket in the form of Murali Vijay (2).
The Super Kings were reduced to 40 for three by the ninth over as Suresh Raina (7) continued his miserable outing. Just when Hussey and Dhoni were beginning to get going, Morgan dismissed the Super Kings skipper with a brilliant run-out.
In fact, at the second break (strategic time out), the Super Kings were in aspot of bother with 50 runs required from the last five overs with six wickets in hand. Hussey finally broke the shackles when he despatched a Kallis length ball over deep square leg boundary before Jadeja spanked Balaji over his head in the very second ball he faced.
Earlier, the Knight Riders frittered away a good start to be restricted to a modest 119 for nine. Opting to bat, the Knight Riders gambled with Yusuf Pathan, who was sent to open the innings along with skipper Gautam Gambhir.
The duo, however, did not disappoint and gave the Knight Riders a flying start sharing 46 runs off just 35 balls before losing the Chennai outfit turned things around.
KKR 119/9 (Gambhir 25, Pathan 25, Jadeja 3-20) lost to CSK 124/6 (Hussey 40, Jadeja 36) by 4 wickets