IPL 2015: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings, Stars and Flops

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defied all the odds and bounced back emphatically beat the table toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Eden Garden on Thursday. KKR lost their previous encounter against CSK on Tuesday by 2 runs.

KKR won the toss and asked CSK to bat first, CSK got to terrible start as they lost Dwayne Smith on the very first ball of the innings. Brendon McCullum got off to a ravishing start but wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals for CSK. They somehow managed to get a defendable total of 165 in 20 overs courtesy Pawan Negi who played a cameo of 27 in just 13 deliveries and gave CSK bowlers a fighting chance. Brad Hogg kept the CSK batmen under check and picked up crucial wickets every time he came into bowl.

Chasing 166, KKR got a promising start from their openers but soon Gautam Gambhir floundered. Later, they lost two wickets in quick succession and were in a precarious situation at 57 for 3 at the start of the ninth over. Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell stuck to their guns and didn’t let the game drift away. They weathered the early storm and got KKR in a commanding position by the end of the 16th over.

Turning point: The match was evenly balanced till the 14th over, when KKR required more 63 runs off 36 deliveries but the next three overs went for 44 runs and eventually changed the course of the match in their favor. Russell and Uthappa shifted their gears and went all guns blazing in these three overs.

Brief Score:

Kolkata Knight Riders 169 for 3 from 19.5 overs [Robin Uthappa 80(58)*, Andre Russell 55(32)*; Mohit Sharma 4-0-22-1, Pawan Negi 4-0-23-1] beat Chennai Super Kings 165 for 9 in 20 overs [Brendon McCullum 32(12), Pawan Negi 27(23); Brad Hogg 4-0-29-4, Piyush Chawla 4-0-21-1] -by 7 wickets.