Chennai Super Kings

Michael Hussey struck a composed 40 at the top of the order © IANS (File Photo)

Kolkata: Apr 20, 2013

Chennai Super Kings made heavy weather out of a lowly chase of 120 against the Kolkata Knight Riders, but managed to beat the hosts by four wickets to avenge their loss in last year’s final of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The win pushed the Super Kings up to third in the table, while Kolkata slid to seventh spot.

MS Dhoni’s men gave the Knight Riders many chances to come back into the match, before Michael Hussey (40) and Ravindra Jadeja‘s (36 not out) late surge ensured the Super Kings went past the finish line with five balls to spare.

Ravichandran Ashwin has a double hundred to his name opening the batting for the Tamil Nadu U-19 team, but Chennai Super Kings’ decision to promote him up the order in a lowly chase did not yield the desired results.
Ashwin, no mug with the bat, hit a couple of boundaries before flicking Sunil Narine straight to Sachithra Senanayake at mid-wicket to make it 24 for one in the fifth over. Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina fell in quick succession to the two mystery spinners to make it 40 for three, and all of a sudden, KKR were right back into the game.
MS Dhoni walked in at five to try and calm the nerves, but was run out by Eoin Morgan’s agility for just nine runs. At 54 for four in the 12th over, KKR were in the driver’s seat. However, a big, huge boulder was still obstructing their path to victory. Michael Hussey was still out in the middle in yellow.
The veteran Australian, who had taken a spectacular catch in the outfield in the first innings to trigger Kolkata’s collapse, yet again took over the role of playing the anchor to Chennai’s innings. He put on 17 with Subramanium Badrinath before the latter was bowled by Jacques Kallis, to make it 71 for five in the 16th over.
Hussey and Jadeja then decided to give the charge with Chennai needing almost fifty in half the number of balls. After hitting Kallis for a huge six over deep mid-wicket, Hussey tried to flick Lakshmipathy Balaji for another maximum over deep square-leg, but did not spot the slower one and holed out to Yusuf Pathan.

It made no difference to CSK’s star, Ravindra Jadeja, as he bludgeoned his way to an unbeaten 36 off just 14 balls and took his team home. Kolkata were perhaps 25-30 runs too short and would rue their dramatic self-induced collapse while batting.

Read the first innings report here.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 119 for 9 in 20 overs (Gautam Gambhir 25, Yusuf Pathan 25; Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 20, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 21) lost to Chennai Super Kings (Michael Hussey 40, Ravindra Jadeja 36*; Sachithra Senanayake 1 for 18, Sunil Narine 1 for 20) by 4 wickets.

Man of the Match: Ravindra Jadeja

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