Lakshmipathy Balaji’s final over of the game is the most dramatic with a wicket, a six and a boundary. Michael Hussey falls after a flient knock of 40, but the over begins with a six by Ravindra Jadeja, who finishes off with a four.
Sachithra Senanayake traps Murali Vijay in front of the wickets as Chennai lost their second wicket. Vijay tries to sweep, the ball pitches in line of the middle stump and it was an easy decision for the umpire.
CSK 30/1 | Overs 7 | Hussey 15*, Vijay 2*
Sunil Narine keeps it tight as only three runs come off his second over of the match.
CSK 27/1 | Overs 6 | Hussey 13*, Vijay 1*
Sachithra Senanayake gives away only one run in his third over as Chennai reach 27 for one after six.
R Ashwin falls afer a steady start with Michael Hussey. Ashwin aims to hit over the midwicket but couldn’t conncet, and Sachithra Senanayke takes a simple catch.
CSK 22/0 | Overs 4 | Hussey 10*, Ashwin 10*
R Ashwin chips the ball towards the deep square leg to crack his second boundary in the game. Another five runs added.
CSK 17/0 | Overs 3 | Hussey 10*, Ashwin 5*
Michael Hussey hits a boundary off the cover point region off Lakshmipathy Balaji as Chennai add another five runs to their total.
CSK 12/0 | Overs 2 | Hussey 6*, Ashwin 5*
Michael Hussey cracks a boundary towards the cover region off Sachithra Senanayake as Chennai Super Kings make a confident start. Five runs come from the second over.
CSK 7/0 | Overs 1 | Hussey 1*, Ashwin 5*
Ravichandran Ashwin opens the batting for Chennai and he makes a confident start. A chance for run out against Michael Hussey on the last ball at the non striker’s end but the throw was too far away.
The two-time champions failed to put up a fight after Chennai jolted them early on, and slipped to 119 for nine on a flat track at the Eden Gardens. Chennai seamers were impressive early on, fielders were magnificent and spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja did the rest.
KKR 119/9 | Overs 20 | Senanayake 7*, Balaji 9*
Chris Morris signs out on an impressive note in his last over, giving away only four runs as KKR reach 119 for nine from thier allotted 20 overs.
KKR 115/9 | Overs 19 | Senanayake 6*, Balaji 6*
Lakshmipathy Balaji picks up a boundary towards midwicket area off Albie Morkel as Kolkata add a crucial eight runs from that over.
Sunil Narine is out after a quick knock of 6-ball 13. Narine slams another six over the midwicket area off Ravindra Jadeja, goes for another in the next delivery but is caught at the boundary by Mohit Sharma.
KKR 100/8 | Overs 17 | Senanayake 3*, Narine 7*
Sunil Narine slams a six over the midwicket boundary and three singles off R Ashwin help KKR limp past the 100-run mark.
Debabrata Das walks across the stumps and misses a sweep shot, the ball crashes on to the pads and he is out leg before. Both Manoj Tiwary and Das were living dangerously as the former too had a close shave. Das fell after scoring a brisk 19.
KKR 73/4 | Overs 12 | Tiwary 7*, Das 11*
Tiwary and Das add five runs off Ravindra Jadeja;s first over of the match but not without taking few risks. Two chances of run out but Chennai fielders miss it.
KKR 68/4 | Overs 11 | Tiwary 4*, Das 9*
Ravichandran Ashwin keeps it tight in his first over of the game as Manoj Tiwary and Debabrata Das manage only three runs off it.
KKR 65/4 | Overs 10 | Tiwary 2*, Das 8*
Debabrata Das picks up a slow delivery off Dwayne Bravo and slams it for a six over the mid-on boundary to mark a good over for the KKR side. Kolkata reach 65 for four after 10 overs.
KKR 57/4 | Overs 9 | Tiwary 0*, Das 1*
Only two runs from the over and luckily for the KKR side no wicket fell. They have slipped from 44 for no loss to 55 for four.
KKR 55/4 | Overs 8 | Tiwary 0*OUT! Morgan 2(7) and Pathan 25(22)
Kolkata Knight Riders are in big trouble! Two wickets in the eighth over off Dwayne Bravo as Chennai are in complete command. The in-form Eoin Morgan falls on a slowish delivery as he chips towards the leg side, but the ball takes leading edge and Ravindra Jadeja does the rest. A delivery later, Yusuf Pathan and Manoj Tiwary miscommunicate on the second run on last ball and the former is gone.
KKR 49/2 | Overs 7 | Morgan 0*, Yusuf 20*OUT! Kallis 0(0)
Chennai are back in the game! Big blow for the home side as Subramaniam Badrinath’s direct hit at the striker’s end removes Jacques Kallis for a duck. Pathan pushes for a single towards the point area, Badrinath comes running in from the backward point and throws it at the stumps.
Big wicket! Gautam Gambhir makes room to slash a rising delivery off Chris Morris towards the thirdman. Mr Cricket as he is fondly called, takes a brilliant catch to send the KKR skipper packing. Kolkata lose their run machine.
KKR 44/0 | Overs 5 | Gambhir 24*, Yusuf 18*
A misfield by Mohit Sharma at the thirdman gifts a boundary to the home side skipper Gambhir. The left-hander pulls on the next ball off Albie Morkel, which takes the leading edge and flies over CSK wicketkeeper Dhoni for another.
KKR 33/0 | Overs 4 | Gambhir 14*, Yusuf 17*
Yusuf Pathan manages to hit above the fielder at mid-on to start off with a boundary. Chris Morris bounces back to give away only two more runs off the next five balls.
KKR 27/0 | Overs 3 | Gambhir 13*, Yusuf 12*
Gautam Gambhir hits a boundary from the gap between the wicketkeeper and a wide slip off Albie Morkel. KKR batsmen take three singles in the over to take the run count to seven.
KKR 20/0 | Overs 2 | Gambhir 9*, Yusuf 10*
Yusuf Pathan cracks two boundaries off Mohit Sharma to provide KKR some momentum early on. Mohit keeps it short and the attacking batsman does the rest to put the ball away.
KKR 11/0 | Overs 1 | Gambhir 9*, Yusuf 1*
Gautam Gambhir starts with a boundary towards the third man off Albie Morkel, and puts the fourth ball away towards the cover region for another. Out-of-form Yusuf Pathan gets away with a single on the last to mark a good start for the Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bat against the Chennai Super Kings in their IPL 2013 match on Saturday.
The Knight Riders have made one change to their side, bringing in Lakshmi Ratan Shukla in place of the out of sorts Manvinder Bisla.
The sky is covered with a layer of thick clouds as the two champion side clash at the historic Eden Gardens.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Eoin Morgan, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das (wk), Laxmi Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Sachithra Senanayake, Lakshmipathy Balaji
Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Albie Morkel, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Chris Morris, Mohit Mahipal Sharma