Eoin Morgan (left) and Manvinder Bisla put on 79 off 37 deliveries for Kolkata Knight Riders against Chennai Super Kings © IANS

By Sarang Bhalerao

Chennai: Apr 28, 2013
Chennai Super Kings defeated defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in the 38th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

Chasing 201, Manvinder Bisla and Eoin Morgan put on 79 off 37 deliveries for the fourth wicket to trigger a possibility of an incredible heist against Chennai at their fortress.

When Bisla was run out for 92 off 61 deliveries (14 boundaries and two sixes), Kolkata needed 23 off 10 deliveries. Bravo did not concede a boundary, and soon, nineteen were needed off the final over. Chris Morris, the South African fast-bowler, was entrusted the responsibility to bowl it. Kolkata fell short of the target courtesy of fine lengths bowled by the tall bowler, as only four runs were scored in the over.

The start for Kolkata Knight Riders was surreal. Dirk Nannes started the proceedings with a series of eventful deliveries: five wides, one no-ball and a free-hit off which Manvinder Bisla was bowled and the ball richocheted off the stumps for four byes. The over ended with Gautam Gambhir hitting Nannes for a boundary straight down the ground. Eighteen came off the first over, which was just the kind of start Kolkata needed.

Morris was slammed for two boundaries off the first two deliveries off his first over (third of the innings). Gambhir tried to hoick the third delivery of the over but was castled for 14 off eight deliveries. Morris’s second over was plundered for four boundaries. Bisla made room and creamed Morris for a four through covers, the next ball was flicked past deep square-leg which went for a one bounce boundary, the third ball was hit over the top of Morris’ for a boundary and the fourth boundary was pulled over mid-wicket for a boundary.

The last over of the Powerplay bowled by Mohit Sharma went for 12. Brendon McCullum chopped the last ball of the sixth over onto his stumps. Sharma bowled out his four overs on the trot and went for 23 runs.

Kolkata found it difficult to find boundaries consistently after the first six overs of filed restrictions. From 64 to 79, runs came in the form of singles only. Bisla broke the boundary drought by smashing Ravichandran Ashwin over deep long-on off the last ball of the 10th over. Kallis started the first ball off the 11th over hitting Ravindra Jadeja straight over sight-screen for a six.  But there were 12 dot balls in the between the sixth and the 12th that stalled Kolkata’s momentum in the run-chase.

Kallis got a reprive in twice in two overs(10th and 11th overs). In the 10th over, Raina dropped the South African all-rounder at deep mid-wicket. Dhoni missed Kallis’ stumping in the 11th over. Kallis couldn’t get third-time lucky as his paddle-sweep off Dwayne Bravo couldn’t beat Dirk Nannes at short fine-leg.

Bisla was keeping Kolkata in the hunt. The first two balls of the 14th over were two full-tosses bowled by Ashwin which went for two boundaries- one over mid-wicket and the other went straight down the ground.
Earlier Michael Hussey top-scored for Chennai Super Kings slamming 95 off 59 deliveries. He put on 103 for the opening wicket against Wriddhiman Saha, who came into the side in place of out-of-form Murali Vijay.
Suresh Raina scored 44 off 25 deliveries and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s late order surge (18 off 12 deliveries) helped Chennai post a competitive score.

Kolkata bowling could not pin down Chennai’s run rate. Kallis went for 50 off his four overs. Sunil Narine, Kolkata’s highest wicket-taker gave away 35 runs off his four. Rajat Bhatia was pick of the bowlers picking up one for 31 off his four overs.

In the end, Hussey’s innings of 95 and his run-out off Bisla (92) proved to be the difference between the two teams.

Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 200 for 3 in 20 overs (Michael Hussey 95, Suresh Raina 44, Wriddhiman Saha 39; Rajat Bhatia 1 for 31) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 186 for 4 in 20 overs ( Manvinder Bisla 92, Eoin Morgan 32* ; Mohit Sharma 1 for 23) by 14 runs.

Man of the Match: Michael Hussey

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(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)