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Andre Russell starred with the bat for Kolkata Knight Riders © PTI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pulled off an unlikely win against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the first match of the Champions League Twenty 20 (CLT20) 2014 with the help of some incredible hitting by Andre Russell and a composed 51 off 41 by Ryan ten Doeschate. Sameer Jha looks at some of the highlights of the match.

Sunil Narine’s four overs for nine runs: It speaks a lot about Sunil Narine’s calibre, resolve and composure that even after so many years, batsmen haven’t been able to figure him out. It was yet another display of his canny variations and superb control over the ball in a format which many argue is heavily tilted in the favour of batsmen. Narine took the all-important wicket of Suresh Raina, and conceded just four runs from the 15th and 18th over.

MS Dhoni’s quickfire 35: Fans of Dhoni’s batting – and there are many of them – were in for a treat as the Captain Cool was scored 35 off just 20 balls to help his team get to a total that was close to the par score. Besides the boundaries and sixes, Dhoni’s innings was filled with quickly run singles and doubles.

Ashish Nehra turns back the clock: There is something about this year’s Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 and 35-year-olds. Lahore Lions’ Aizaz Cheema was on a hat-trick in all three games he played, and Ashish Nehra sent Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey back to their dugout on consecutive deliveries in this match. He also took the wicket of Andre Russell who had caused carnage with the bat by bowling a superb yorker. However, it’s a pity that such a wonderful effort was overshadowed due to some ordinary bowling by other CSK bowlers.

Ryan ten Doeschate-Andre Russell partnership:  Ryan ten Doeschate and Andre Russell combined when KKR were reeling at 51 for five at the end of nine overs, requiring 107 runs in the next 66 balls with just five wickets in hand. A six, four and another six off Ravindra Jadeja in the 11th over unleashed the beast in Russell and he didn’t look back. He was well supported by Ryan ten Doeschate who played an anchor role, and rotated the strike beautifully to keep the required run rate under control.

Complete coverage of Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 here

(Sameer Jha is a reporter at CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter at @SameerJha)