Chennai best Kolkata in reduced match
Opening batsman Brandon McCullum smashed 56 off 40 balls and left-arm orthodox spinner Ravindra Jadeja grabbed four wickets for 12 runs to lead Chennai Super Kings to an easy 34-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League match at Ranchi, India, yesterday.
McCullum hit two sixes and five fours to guide his team to 148 for three off a reduced 17 overs. Kolkata made 114 for nine in reply. He kept the Chennai innings alive after Dwayne Smith failed to fire at the top of the order, trapped lbw by Shakib Al Hasan for 16 off 11 balls with one six and two fours.
McCullum and Suresh Raina put on 70 for the second wicket, as they took the score to 90 in the tenth over. Mahendra Singh Dhoni then hit a six and a four in a 17-ball unbeaten 22 and Jadeja chipped in with 17 not out off ten balls with a four and a six to boost the total towards the end.
In reply, only Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan got to double figures scoring 47 and 41, respectively. Uthappa struck five fours and six in his 38-ball top score before gloving a delivery from Jadeja to Dhoni behind the stumps. Pathan faced just 29 balls and struck fours sixes and one four but that was still not enough. He was eventually bowled by Mohit Sharma off the penultimate ball of the chase. The win was Chennai’s fifth
Chennai Super Kings 148-3 (17 overs) (Brendon McCullum 56, Suresh Raina 31, MS Dhoni 22 n.o., Ravindra Jadeja 17, Dwayne Smith 16; Shakib Al Hasan 2/25, Andre Russell 1/25, Sunil Narine 0/26) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 114-9 (17 overs) (Robin Uthappa 47, Yusuf Pathan 41; Ravindra Jadeja 4/12, Mohit Sharma 3/22)
—Chennai won by 34 runs