Reigning champions Chennai Super Kings began their IPL-4 edition campaign with a stunning two run victory over new look Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai on Friday night.
Chennai rode on opener Srikkanth Anirudha’s 64-run knock and his two partnerships with Suresh Raina (33) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (29) to post 153 for four after electing to bat. Their spinners bowled well
and they restricted Kolkata to 151 for seven at the M A Chidamabaram stadium Kolkata had lost five wickets at 120 by the 17th over but Manoj Tiwary (27 off 15) played a sensational cameo to bring them back in the match.
However, in the end Chennai won the battle of nerves as Tim Soutee gave away just six runs in the final over when Kolkata needed nine to win. Jacques Kallis played a brilliant 54-run knock at the top but it was Chennai’s day out there as their spinners bowled well under pressure. All the four Chennai spinners got a wicket each with both R Ashwin and Shadab Jakati giving away just 26 runs each in their quote of four
overs. Kolkata got the start they needed, as Kallis and Manvinder Bisla raised 64 runs upfront but their middle order could not build on that.
New look KKR under new skipper Gautam Ghambira has to blame themselves for their sub-standard fielding which helped the cause of the hosts as they spilled three catches. six fours and two sixes. Albie Morkel came
up with a useful 9-ball 15 and finished off the innings with a huge six off Jacques Kallis. For Kolkata, Kallis (2/34) was the most successful bowlers but he was quite expensive. Paceman Laxmipati Balaji put up a fine show, though he went wicket-less, as he gave away just 25 runs in his quota of four overs.