KKR bowlers were impressive against the powerpacked CSK batting © IANS (File photo)
KKR bowlers were impressive against the powerpacked CSK batting © IANS (File photo)

A disciplined Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowling unit made an excellent comeback after reckless first five overs and restricted a strong Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting line up to a just 134 in the match 28 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at Chennai. Though the pitch is helping the spinners, but a target of 135 is looking very much gettable for the in-form KKR batting line-up.  Live Updates: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Live Cricket Score IPL 2015 Match 28

CSK had an excellent start though. Their openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum came out all guns blazing against Pat Cummins and Umesh Yadav. Though both Cummins and Yadav bowled with some impressive pace, but CSK batsmen used their pace to their advantage. Especially McCullum, who hit three fours and one six in his 14-ball 19 and was looking in a punishing mood. Smith also hit Yadav for two fours and one six in the fourth over. After four overs CSK were sitting pretty at 38 for no loss. Live Scorecard: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live

The game changed when Gautam Gambhir introduced spin for the first time. Piyush Chawla, broke the opening stand and took the wicket of a dangerous looking McCullum. After the first six overs CSK were 53 for one. Straight after the powerplay, Gambhir had brought in his most experience bowler, Brad Hogg, who, on Tuesday became the oldest player to play IPL at the age of 44 years and 81 days.

Hogg bowled brilliantly and gave away only six runs in his first two overs. He troubled Smith and Suresh Raina with his guile and spin. Both found it very difficult to get him away for runs. Within the next four overs, KKR managed to pick up two more important wickets. First it was Smith, who got run-out when he was looking good. Soon after Suresh Raina lost his wicket, caught behind to Andre Russell. The West Indian gave another important blow to CSK, when he removed MS Dhoni, who promoted himself to No 5 in the batting order, for just three.

CSK’s consistent performer, Dwayne Bravo also got out cheaply and left his tottering at 88 for five. Since there Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja put up some resistance. Thanks to their 36-run partnership CSK reached the score of 134. For KKR Hogg was definitely the best bowler, who finished a figure of one for 18 in his four overs. Apart from him, Chawla and Russell, both finished with figures of two for 26.

Earlier, KKR skipper Gambhir won an important toss and decided chase. They made three changes in the playing eleven. Pat Cummins replaced Morne Morkel, Hogg came for Sunil Narine and Ryan ten Doeschate replaced Johan Botha. CSK as usual, decided to field an unchanged side. Currently CSK are at the No. 2 position at the points table. A win here will put them at No. 1 position, with 12 points. KKR, on the other hand, are currently sitting at the No. 3 position. So a victory on this game will be crucial for them too.

Brief Scores:

Chennai Super Kings 134 for 6 in 2o 0vers (Faf du Plessis 29, Dwayne Smith 25; Piyush Chawla 2 for 26, Andre Russell 2 for 26) vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

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(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting, and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)