Andre Russell produced a match winning performance against CSK at Eden Gardens to take his team home by 7 wickets. The all rounder smashed an unbeaten 59 off 32 balls, after registering figures of 4-0-20-2 with the ball. Earlier, Chennai Super Kings had posted a challenging 165/9 in 20 overs, after being put into bat by Gautam Gambhir.
Gambhir puts CSK into bat, McCullum on fire straightaway
Pat Cummins gave CSK a rude shock with the wicket of Dwayne Smith off the very first ball of the day. The lion’s share of credit for the wicket, however, ought to go to Ryan Ten Doeschate for his brilliant catch at cover point. This was followed by a typical onslaught from Brendon McCullum. The opener hammered 32 runs from just 12 balls and helped CSK’s run rate skyrocket during the powerplay. Suresh Raina was dismissed cheaply, but Faf du Plessis partnered McCullum well for a brief period of time. The introduction of Brad Hogg completely turned the tables, as he managed to trap the swashbuckling Kiwi skipper leg before wicket with the first ball of his spell. Hogg also got du Plessis stumped by Uthappa off the fifth ball of the over , and left CSK tottering at 69/4 in the 6th over.
Jadeja, Bravo and Negi take CSK to 165
KKR’s slower bowlers hit back strongly after Hogg’s double strike in the 6th over. Piyush Chawla got rid of MS Dhoni in the very next over and brought CSK to the brink of a batting collapse. A 57 run stand between Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, however, resuscitated the innings to some extent. But the scoring rate during this period was never too threatening for KKR. It was Pawan Negi, with a 13 ball 27 run cameo towards the end that gave CSK the late acceleration they desperately needed. The Whistle Podu brigade finished on 165/9 in 20 overs, which was at least 15 to 20 runs short of where they might have liked to end, after the burst in the first 6 overs. Brad Hogg bagged 4 wickets, while Andre Russell got 2.
Decent start for KKR, Uthappa stands tall
Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir gave KKR a solid start to the chase. The skipper scored 19 off 16 before being dismissed by Mohit Sharma in the 5th over. Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav failed to get going yet again. Both were dismissed in quick succession and this put a question mark on KKR’s chances. The CSK bowlers were apparently getting into their grove, just when Andre Russell arrived at the crease and took Eden Gardens by storm. Robin Uthappa provided steady support even with wickets falling at the other end.
Andre Russell and Robin Uthappa blow CSK away
The Knight Riders were in a spot of bother, at 57/3 in the 10th over, when Andre Russell and Robin Uthappa came together to script an epic win for the home team. Uthappa anchored the innings with a well composed innings of 80 off 58 balls, as Russell went hammer and tongs at the CSK bowlers. A massive 112 run partnership for the 4th wicket took KKR to a 7 wicket victory at their home ground.
Man of the Match – Andre Russell
Brief Scores – Kolkata Knight Riders (169/3 in 19.5 overs, Robin Uthappa 80*(58), Pawan Negi 1/23) beat Chennai Super Kings (165/9 in 20 overs, Brendon McCullum 32(12), Brad Hogg 4/29) by 7 wickets