Super Kings crushed Riders
Avenging its first-leg defeat at home against the same opponent, Chennai Super Kings pulled off a stunning five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a dramatic IPL match in Eden Gardens with Dwayne Bravo smashing a last-ball six, to keep their hopes of a play-off berth alive.
Replying to the Knight Riders’ 158/6, the Super Kings needed five off the last ball. But West Indies all-rounder Dwyane Bravo (11 not out; 7 b, 1×6) held his nerves to dispatch a low full toss from Rajat Bhatia over the long on fence as the visitors reached 160/5 and silence descended at the Eden Gardens.
The Super Kings had a cracker of a start, with man of the match Mike Hussey (56; 39 b, 4×4, 4×6) and Murali Vijay (36; 24 b, 5×4, 1×6) mercilessly belting the Knight Riders’ bowlers during a 97-run opening wicket stand off only 9.2 overs.
The floodgates opened as early as in the second over that saw Knight Riders pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji conceding 25 runs with both batsmen making a feast of fours and sixes.
Earlier, put in to bat, Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir blasted his eighth half century of the tournament, but the home side failed to follow up on an explosive start.
Gambhir (62; 43 b, 4×6, 3×6) and Brendon McCullum (37; 29 b, 4X4, 1X6) launched the Knights’ innings on a high rampaging a 69-ball 99, but loss of quick wickets led to a drop in the run rate as the Super Kings were set an asking rate of 7.95 runs per over.