Suresh Raina blasted his 36th fifty and Chennai Super Kings won by five wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. (Image credit: Twitter)
Chennai Super Kings have chosen to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders and they are unchanged. Dinesh Karthik's side welcome back Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn and Harry Gurney. Chris Lynn continued his good form by smashing his eighth fifty and he also went past 1000 runs in the IPL. Kynn looked good for a century but Imran Tahir took four wickets and conceded just 27 runs as Chennai Super Kings restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 161/8 after 20 overs. MS Dhoni's side were boosted by Suresh Raina's 36th fifty and a valuable cameo from Ravindra Jadeja as they won by five wickets to consolidate their hold at the top of the table. (SCORECARD)
19:48 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja helps Chennai Super Kings cross the line and they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets to consolidate their hold on the top of the IPL points table.
19:34 hrs IST: Jadeja gets going with a boundary off Krishna while Raina hammers a boundary off Narine to ease the pressure for Chennai Super Kings. We are in for a thriller.
19:28 hrs IST: Suresh Raina gets to his 36th fifty but Kolkata Knight Riders are building the pressure. Chennai Super Kings need a massive over.
19:26 hrs IST: Brilliant stuff from Sunil Narine as he gets the offspinner to grip and Dhoni plays inside the line. The umpire gives it out and Chennai Super Kings ask for a review but the ball is hitting leg stump. Massive moment in the game.
19:12 hrs IST: Raina hammers a six and a four off Chawla and Chennai Super Kings need 53 off 36 balls. This is a tense match.
19:09 hrs IST: Brilliant from MS Dhoni as he launches Kuldeep over long on for a big six. Can Dhoni rewind the clock and finish this in style by taking it deep in the match as Chennai Super Kings like to do.
19:00 hrs IST: Jadhav is trapped LBW by Kedar Jadhav and he thinks about a review but decides against it.
18:57 hrs IST: Jadhav slog sweeps a six to deep midwicket and hammers a four to the leg side off Kuldeep. Jadhav has begun well.
18:54 hrs IST: Kedar Jadhav begins confidently with two boundaries as Kolkata Knight Riders build the pressure. The match is evenly poised now.
18:52 hrs IST: Ambati Rayudu has one more failure and he drives a flatter delivery from Piyush Chawla to the cover region where the fielder takes a sharp catch.
18:41 hrs IST: Raina glances a flatter delivery from Narine to the fine leg fence but Kolkata Knight Riders have bowled a couple of tight overs.
18:29 hrs IST: Suresh Raina starts going with two boundaries but Sunil Narine gets the big wicket of Faf du Plessis. Kolkata Knight Riders are still in the game.
18:24 hrs IST: Suresh Raina is given OUT LBW to Harry Gurney but he manages to overturn it on review. He got an inside edge and that has saved him.
18:17 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis blasts four consecutive boundaries off Andre Russell but Harry Gurney gets the big wicket of Shane Watson as he traps him LBW with a ball that nips back in.
18:06 hrs IST: Prasidh Krishna concedes a boundary to both Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis as Chennai Super Kings start well.
17:45 hrs IST: Chennai Super Kings have restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 161/8 despite Chris Lynn's 82. The spell by Imran Tahir will go a long way in determining the fate of this match.
17:30 hrs IST: Dinesh Karthik slices a full, slow ball to long off and Faf du Plessis takes his fourth catch. This is splendid stuff.
17:28 hrs IST: Imran Tahir finishes his spell of four overs and he ends with 4/27. Brilliant spell from the legspinner and it could be game-changing.
17:18 hrs IST: Andre Russell blasts a four and a six but he holes out to long on with Dhruv Shorey taking the catch. Brilliant stuff from Tahir and his celebrations are a sight at the Eden Gardens.
17:14 hrs IST: After 23 runs in the over from Jadeja, Tahir takes his third wicket by getting rid of the dangerous Lynn for 82. Much needed wicket for Chennai Super Kings.
17:10 hrs IST: Hat-trick of sixes by Lynn against Jadeja and he is nearing a century. Brilliant stuff.
17:04 hrs IST: Lynn keeps the runs flowing by clobbering Chahar for a six over deep midwicket. Dinesh Karthik is rotating the strike well.
16:56 hrs IST: Imran Tahir continues his great form as he gets the dangerous Nitish Rana. Flighted delivery on leg stump but Rana mistimes the lofted shot and the catch is taken at long on by du Plessis again. In the same over, du Plessis runs straight down the ground and dives forward to take a brilliant catch to send back Robin Uthappa for a golden duck.
16:47 hrs IST: Eighth fifty for Lynn in IPL and he has boosted Kolkata Knight Riders. After a slow beginning in the tournament, he has also gone past 1000 runs.
16:41 hrs IST: Lynn nears his fifty by launching Mitchell Santner straight down the ground for a big six and the runs continue to flow with Nitish Rana continuing to find the boundary off Jadeja.
16:35 hrs IST: Lynn and Nitish Rana end the powerplay in style by blasting a couple of boundaries off Ravindra Jadeja.
16:29 hrs IST: Mitchell Santner gets the wicket. He stays round the wicket and bowls a flighted dellivery outside off and Narine miscues the lofted shot to long on. Du Plessis takes the catch and Chennai Super Kings have the wicket.
16:27 hrs IST: Chris Lynn continues to find boundaries at will as he continues to hurt Chennai Super Kings. The run-rate is over eight.
16:19 hrs IST: Two fours and a six by Narine off Chahar and he is boosting Kolkata Knight Riders. This is the Lynn which the world fears.
16:10 hrs IST: Chris Lynn begins with a bang by blasting two fours off Deepak Chahar as Kolkata Knight Riders start well against Chennai Super Kings.
15:51 hrs IST: Chennai Super Kings have chosen to bowl and they are unchanged while Kolkata Knight Riders have included Chris Lynn, Harry Gurney and Sunil Narine. Here are the playing XIs.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
15:28 hrs IST: Sunil Narine, who has not had a good tournament so far with the ball, will be determined to put up a good show against Chennai Super Kings, against whom he has had decent success.
15:11 hrs IST: Hello and a warm welcome to the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. Will MS Dhoni be Captain Cool, unlike the avatar which we saw in the game against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur? Kolkata Knight Riders will be determined to snap their losing streak but they will be sweating, not just in the heat, but over the fitness of Andre Russell.