Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets.
Toss: KKR won the toss and chose to bat first.
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KKR 119-9 after 20 overs (Gambhir 25, Pathan 25. Jadeja 3/20): After a brisk start by Yusuf Pathan and Gautam Gambhir, came an almighty collapse. Even while going off the pitch after he was dismissed, Gambhir seemed to tell No 3 Jacques Kallis that it was a great pitch to bat on - but CSK simply over-rawed their opponents with some brilliant bowling and fielding.
Michael Hussey took a brilliant diving catch at third-man to dismiss Gambhir before Pathan and Kallis were run-out after excellent work by Dwayne Bravo and S Badrinath respectively. Manoj Tiwary and Debabrata Das tried to make something of the remaining overs, but didn't last too long.
CSK 124-6 after 19.1 overs (Hussey 40, Jadeja 36*. Senanayake 1/18): At 24/0 after 4.2 overs, it looked as if CSK would cruise to victory. But three wickets in the space of 21 balls completely changed the scenario. KKR's spinners, with the slow pace of Rajat Bhatia saw their opponents go without a boundary in six overs at one stage.
Even with Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina and R Ashwin gone, it seemed that Chennai would nick it. But MS Dhoni, S Badrinath and Michael Hussey also fell — leaving CSK at 89-6 after 16.5 overs and Ravindra Jadeja the task of trying to win it for the visitors.
As it happens, 'Sir' Jadeja went on a rampage — smashing three fours and three sixes to remain not out on 36 off just 14 balls (he scored the winning runs with a six) and take his team to another win.
Turning point: Jacques Kallis' over - the 19th of CSK's innings. Jadeja had started attacking and his pulled attempt found Yusuf Pathan at deep mid-wicket — which the man dropped. The over eventually went for 15 runs and the match slipped away from KKR in that over.
Man of the match: With bowling figures of 3/20 and a quickfire match-winning innings of 36*, it has to be Ravindra Jadeja.
Published Date: Apr 20, 2013 07:38 pm | Updated Date: Apr 20, 2013 07:38 pm