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IPL desk in Mumbai 01 May 2012 - 12:33am IST

Report: Match 41 – CSK v KKR

All-round Kolkata Knight Riders edge Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk

The Kolkata Knight Riders produced yet another clinical performance to beat the Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk. After their bowlers, led by Jacques Kallis (4-0-21-2), restricted the hosts to 139, the KKR batsmen, with Gautam Gambhir (63 off 52) leading from the front, chased down the score with five wickets to spare.

It was an efficient performance by the KKR bowlers to limit CSK to under 140 on the Chepauk wicket. Barring Yusuf Pathan, whose solitary over went for 10 runs, all their bowlers bowled a tidy line. After Iqbal Abdulla opened the bowling for KKR, Brett Lee had Faf du Plessis (3) caught by Brendon McCullum behind the wicket in the second over. Michael Hussey (18), who was playing his first game of the competition, was then run-out following a mix-up with Suresh Raina. At that point, the score was 32 for two in the fifth over.

Jacques Kallis and Rajat Bhatia then continued the good work for KKR by keeping things tight right through the middle overs. Kallis, who bowled his four overs on the trot, also took two wickets in his spell. The South African all-rounder had Dwayne Bravo (12) caught at long-on in the 11th over and then had Suresh Raina (44) caught by Yusuf Pathan, to leave CSK stumbling at 88 for four at the end of the 13th over.

Skipper MS Dhoni (34* off 30 balls) looked to give the hosts’ innings a late flourish. But with Sunil Narine (one for 24) bowling economically at the end, CSK managed only 139 for five in their 20 overs.

Gautam Gambhir was hit on his helmet by a short delivery from Albie Morkel early in the run-chase. But the KKR captain recovered from that blow to build a solid platform from where his team could get past the target. After Brendon McCullum (2) scooped a catch off R Ashwin’s bowling to Shadab Jakati in the third over, Gambhir stitched a 70-run stand with Kallis that never let the asking-rate get out of hand for KKR. Kallis made 26 before he bottom-edged a Dwayne Bravo delivery straight to wicketkeeper Dhoni.

Gambhir, nevertheless, continued unfettered and brought up his fourth half-century of the competition in the 15th over. He also smashed Bravo for consecutive fours to take KKR past the 100-run mark in the same over.

Things got a little tight for the visitors as they lost Manoj Tiwary (13), Gambhir (63) and Yusuf Pathan (12) at the end. But with the run-rate very much within reach and young Debabrata Das (11* off four balls) hitting a couple of boundaries, including the match-winning four, KKR got home with two deliveries to spare.

Gambhir even recognized Das’ contribution by giving away his Man-of-the-Match award to the youngster saying, “It’s not how you start, but how you finish.”

The win keeps KKR in second place in the points table. CSK, meanwhile, remain in fourth place in the league standings.

Scorecard


Man-of-the-match: Gautam Gambhir (63 off 52, 6x4 and 1x6), who handed it over to Debabrata Das for his cameo (11* off four balls, 2x4) at the end.

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