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Kolkata Knight Riders avenged their first leg defeat to Kings XI Punjab to stem their three-match losing streak with a six-wicket win at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. After restricting KXIP for 149, KKR chased down the target with 10 balls to spare riding on the back ofManvinder Bisla's unbeaten 51.
Chasing 150, Gautam Gambhir got KKR rolling with two boundaries off Praveen Kumar's first over. Bisla (51*) was given a life when Mandeep Singh dropped him off Azhar Mamhood at the start of the second over. Mahmood however came back to rattle Gambhir's (8) stump the next delivery and had Yusuf Pathan (0) caught behind the following delivery. Bisla stepped out to swat Mahmood for a six in the fourth over. Jacques Kallis hit a six off Kumar before smashing Bhargav Bhatt for two boundaries.
Harmeet Singh broke the 66-run partnership for the third wicket when he had Kallis (37) caught behind. Eoin Morgan cleared the long off fence off Harmeet before hitting him for a boundary. The Irishman continued his assault with two massive sixes off Piyush Chawla in the 15th over.
Needing 32 off 30 balls, Bisla pulled Kumar for another six. Morgan was then put down by Bhatt on 29 adding to KXIP's woes. Morgan (42) deposited Mahmood twice into the crowd in the 17th over before departing with KKR on the brink of victory. KKR eventually reached the target with 10 balls to spare.
Earlier KXIP won the toss and elected to bat. The visitors started slowly as Sachithra Senanayake bowled a maiden second over. Mandeep got them going with two boundaries off L Balaji before taking two more off Sunil Narine. Adam Gilchrist joined in with two boundaries off Senanayake as KXIP raced to 48 for 0 from their power play overs. Kallis got the break through having Mandeep (25) caught by Morgan. Gilchrist (27) who looked in good touch holed out to deep mid-wicket off Rajat Bhatia. At the halfway stage, KXIP were 72 for 2.
Manan Vohra (31) went after Balaji hitting him for a boundary and a six before perishing caught in the deep. David Miller (10) launched Sarabjit Ladda for a six before the bower got one to sneak through to hit the stumps. Hussey (21) then departed caught by Senanayake off Kallis. The South African also ran out Mahmood (2). Gurkeerat Singh (28*) smashed two sixes in the last over to take 18 runs from it and propel KXIP to 149 for 6.
Man-of-the-Match: Jacques Kallis Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 149 for 6 (Manan Vohra 31, Jaques Kallis 2-14) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 150 for 4 in 18.3 overs ( Manvinder Bisla 51*, Azhar Mahmood 3-35) by 6 wickets.
Chasing a competitive 160,Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey started positively for the hosts. Hussey hit Darren Sammy for a six and a boundary in the 4th over before he stepped down the track to launch Amit Mishrafor a six in the 6th over. CSK made 58 runs in the power play with both openers still at the crease. Mishra provided the breakthrough when he beat Vijay (18) in the air and had him stumped. The leg-spinner then had the dangerous Hussey (45) caught behind attempting a sweep.
Dhoni was put down by Mishra when he was yet to open his account and he made the most of the opportunity smashing Sammy for two boundaries in the 13th over. Mishra picked his third wicket – to go level with Lasith Malinga as the leading wicket-taker in the IPL - as Suresh Raina (16) holed out in the deep. Dhoni went after Ishant Sharma hitting him for consecutive boundaries. However, Karan Sharma bowled a maiden in the 16th to bring the Sunrisers back into the game.
Needing 46 from 24, Dhoni deposited Dale Steyn for consecutive sixes, including pulling a short delivery bowled at 146 kmph over the midwicket fence. Though Ishant Sharma picked up Dwayne Bravo soon after, Dhoni continued his domination of Steyn as he hit him for a boundary before launching him deep into the crowd to bring up his half-century. Steyn dismissed Ravindra Jadeja(1) to leave CSK needing 15 from the final over. Dhoni blasted a six, and a boundary off Ashish Reddy to see his team home with 2 balls remaining.
Earlier SRH won the toss and chose to bat. Mohit Sharma struck early to send back Quinton de Kock (4) caught by a sharp Vijay. Raina then ran out Hanuma Vihari (2). Shikhar Dhawan counter-attacked, by stepping out to the bowlers and hit two boundaries off Jason Holder and Sharma before Mohit Sharma had Cameron White (2) caught behind. Mishra, promoted up the order hit Holder for consecutive boundaries in the 7th over. Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Mishra (15) to leave SRH 61 for 4.
The innings suffered a bit of setback when Dhawan retired hurt after being injured by Bravo in the 14th over. Sammy sent Jadeja over the fence the next over before Bravo dismissed Thalaivan Sargunam (10). Bravo struck again to dismiss Sammy (19) bringing Dhawan (63*) back to the middle. Dhawan immediately hit consecutive boundaries to bring up his fifty. Ashish Reddy (36*) smashed Sharma for a six as SRH scored 17 runs from the 19th over. Some lusty blows by Reddy saw SRH reach 159 for 6.
Man-of-the-Match: MS Dhoni Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 159 for 6 (Shikhar Dhawan 63*, Mohit Sharma 2-30) lost to Chennai Super Kings 160 for 5 (MS Dhoni 67*, Amit Mishra 3-26) by 5 wickets.