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A stupendous all-around performance by the host saw the visitors gets hammered in the most obnoxious manner possible to occupy the top spot in the points table. Chennai Super Kings bowlers were able to keep KKR batsmen quiet, eventually restricting them for a below-par total of 108. Chasing 108, CSK started off positively and kept the momentum till the end to register a seven wicket win at M.A Chidambaram, Chennai. SCORECARD
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RESULT: Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets (Andre Russell 50*, Deepak Chahar 3/20)
Rayudu fails AGAIN! Chawla tossed the ball up, Rayudu tried to smash it over mid-wicket fielder but gets a top-edge.
Prasidh Krishna drops! How important was that? Rayudu survives!
The equation has now come down to 32 runs off 36 balls. Both Faf and Rayudu are playing sensible cricket, not letting KKR dominate he game. After 14 overs, it's 77/2.
The way CSK is chasing this total, KKR's 108 is looking like 216. Runs are hard to come by. With IPL final to be played at this wicket, the pitch curator needs to someting about this wicket to make matches more interesting. After 10 overs, it's 57/2.
Kolkata Knight Riders has been able to keep both du Plessis and Rayudu quiet. After 8 overs, 46/2.
The powerplay has been a mix of emotions for two sides. Started with a 12-run over, but KKR came back strongly to send Watson and Raina back to the pavilion. After 6 overs, it's 40/2.
WICKET: This has to be Piyush Chawla's wicket. What a spectacular catch that was! Raina tried to clear the inner-circle, but ball hits toe end of the bat!
Suresh Raina is showing his class against KKR's promising bowling line up. He has assessed the conditions well, and playing with responsibility. After 4 overs, it's 33/1.
WICKET: Short of a length delivery by Narine, Shane Watson was in two mind whether to go over the top or play down. He ended up smashing straight towards the fielder and he didn't do any mistake. First wicket DOWN!
And.. Shane Watson shows his class. 12 runs from the first over! Less than 100 needed now.
So Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are out in the middle to chase a below-par total of 108. But can KKR put up a fight here? - Let's find out!
So it's 87/9 after 18 overs. Andre Russell is still at the crease but he is also having a hard time at the wicket. He is trying to smash every ball out of the park, but it's not even clearing the 30-yard-circle.
Two wickets. Two Catches. One Run Out. You just cannot keep Harbhajan Singh out of the game! KKR NINE down! Jadeja picks his first! Struggling to end in three-digits at Chepauk!
WICKET: Superb flight from Harbhajan and Piyush Chawla just couldn't read it - MS Dhoni did the rest! What a spell it has been from Mr. Singh! After 15.3 overs, it's 76/7.
13 overs bowled and KKR is yet to have a run-rate over 5 runs. This is serious dominance from the host!
DROPPED! Some respite in Kolkata Knight Riders' camp! Dre Russ survives!
WICKET: Tahir to Shubman Gill, out Stumped!! KKR in complete disarry now with six down.
WICKET: Imran Tahir tossed the ball up, Karthik tried to flick it away onto the on side, but went straight to the fielder. And guess who? - It's Harbhajan who picks a blinder. You just cannot keep him out of the contention.
Both Gill and Karthik are trying to repair the dent caused by Chahar and Harbhajan by rotating strike on every other occasion. However, at the moment, KKR is scoring less than 5 runs an over, as they managed to add just 37 in first 8 overs!
The powerplay belongs to Chennai Super Kings. They have once again showed why they are so consistent. At the end of 6 overs, it's 29/4.
WICKET: KKR batsmen are committing a suicide here. Robin Uthappa was looking in good touch but just when he should have started to kick on, falls to a terrible stroke. Despite a deep mid-wicket in place, he goes for the aerial pull off the shortish length ball. Gets it off the top half of the blade and it's a rather easy catch for Jadhav stationed there, precisely for this kind of a stroke. It
If one needs to learn captaincy, connect with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is an absolute genius! He will surprise you when you least expect. Harbhajan picked Narine in very first over, even then, he introduced Jadeja as two right-handers are there at the crease.
Wickets falling like a pack for cards here. Even before we change the header, one of KKR's batsman is back into the hut. Deepak Chahar picks two, Harbhajan picks one as they see themselves three down for mere 9 runs after 3 overs!
WICKET: Trapped right in front! Perfect start for Chennai Super Kings fans! Dangerous Lynn departs for DUCK! After 1 overs, it's 6/1.
Umpires are out in the middle. Chennai Super Kings in the last hurdle before the game. And HERE WE GO!
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
PITCH REPORT: "The surfaces in Chepauk have turned the most this season among all IPL venues. Looks quite dry with no moisture and the track doesn't look really hard. A typical pitch in Chepauk with spinners likely to enjoy the track. Can expect scores in the 150-160 range. Better to chase because dew will be a factor later on in the night," says L Sivaramakrishnan.
The toss is scheduled to happen in 30 minutes time. It will be interesting to see the battle of 'Cool aka MS Dhoni' and 'Hot aka Andre Russell'
Hello and a warm welcome to another game of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as Chennai Super Kings host Kolkata Knight Riders at Chepauk, Chennai.