IPL desk in Mumbai 15 May 2012 - 12:10am IST
Report: Match 63 – KKR v CSK
Last-ball six helps Super Kings stun Knight Riders at Eden Gardens
After a 99-run opening stand between Gautam Gambhir (62) and Brendon McCullum, the hosts lost wickets in quick succession once the latter got out. McCullum (37) was run out while attempting a second run. With this wicket, the Super Kings got their foot in the door and then wedged it open. A run later, the KKR skipper was castled by Shadab Jakati. In his next over, the left-arm spinner claimed the key wicket of Jacques Kallis (4).
KKR then continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. The big-hitting Yusuf Pathan (11), who has yet to big score this season, was caught at long on by Dwayne Bravo while attempting to clear the fence off R Ashwin. In the following over, Manoj Tiwary (12) also hit Ravindra Jadeja straight to Bravo at long-on. From 99 for no loss, KKR were reduced to 128 for five.
Debabrata Das, who had replaced Pathan at the crease, remained unbeaten on 19 and added 28 runs for the fifth wicket with LR Shulka (9), until the latter was sent back by Ben Hilfenhaus in the last over. KKR ended up with 158 for six in their 20 overs.
Defending a modest total, the Knight Riders needed early wickets, but Michael Hussey (56) and Murali Vijay (36) put together a 97-run opening stand. After being brought into the attack, Sunil Narine gave KKR a much-needed breakthrough in the tenth over. The off-spinner claimed both the openers in his second over. Southpaw Suresh Raina, who replaced Hussey, was by joined by the in-form Faf du Plessis at the crease. The duo looked to build on the momentum that the openers had built, but Raina (8) was run out trying to sneak a run.
This brought in CSK skipper MS Dhoni, who is known for his ability to finish games. However, after adding 13 runs to the chase, du Plessis was sent back by Tiwary. With 31 required off 17, Bravo then joined Dhoni in the middle. The CSK skipper however decided to take matters in his own hands and slammed Marchant de Lange for two fours and a six in the penultimate over.
With 18 runs coming off the 19th over, CSK required nine off the last one. Rajat Bhatia, came in to bowl as the match headed to a tight finish. The experienced all-rounder gave a single off the first ball and then, dismantled Dhoni’s woodwork. Ravindra Jadeja (3*) then scampered for two runs and took a single off the next delivery. He then followed it up with a dot ball to Bravo (11*). With five required off the last ball, the West Indian hit a six to seal the game.
Man-of-the-Match: Michael Hussey for his crucial 39-ball 56 at the top of the CSK innings