Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Eden Gardens May 14, 2012

Last-ball six keeps Chennai alive


Chennai Super Kings 160 for 5 (Hussey 56, Narine 2-14) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 158 for 6 (Gambhir 62, Jakati 2-26) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

With Chennai Super Kings needing five runs to win off the final delivery, Rajat Bhatia, who had bowled MS Dhoni and conceded only four from the previous five balls, bowled a full toss. Dwayne Bravo, who had missed a heave off the fifth ball, heaved again, and this time he hit the ball high into the night sky. Kolkata Knight Riders' captain Gautam Gambhir, fielding in the circle, kept his eyes fixed on the ball as it began its descent, and grimaced as he watched it fall agonisingly out of reach of his fielder at long-on, and just over the boundary. The Super Kings were out of the dug out, craning their necks to see where the ball landed, and once they saw it was a match-winning six, there were several streaks of yellow speeding to embrace Bravo. He was standing there with arms aloft, having taken Super Kings to No. 4 with only one league game remaining.

Had the match been tied, it would have been less of a surprise, for Super Kings' chase had followed a pattern eerily similar to Knight Riders' first innings.

In pursuit of 159, Michael Hussey and M Vijay added 97 runs in 10.1 overs before Sunil Narine, who continued to confound batsmen with his variations during his spell of 4-0-14-2, dismissed both of them in the space of three balls. Hussey had demonstrated impeccable timing on a pitch that demanded application, hitting four sixes in a half-century that threatened to make short work of the chase, before he top-edged a sweep. Vijay was bowled trying to cut a straight one.

When Knight Riders had been sent in after losing the toss, Gambhir and Brendon McCullum had set off at breakneck speed, adding 99 in 11.2 overs before they were dismissed in the space of five deliveries. Gambhir scored his sixth half-century of the season and took charge of accelerating his team's innings while McCullum played second fiddle, relatively speaking. They were setting Knight Riders for a formidable total when McCullum was run-out and Gambhir was bowled after the ball came off his inside-edge and pad, gone for 62 off 43 balls.

With the Knight Riders openers gone and two new batsmen at the crease, Super Kings began to drag the run-rate back, by striking regularly. The hosts slipped from 99 for 0 to 128 for 5. Jacques Kallis was unlucky to be given caught behind while sweeping, because the ball came off the arm, and Yusuf Pathan hit his customary solitary six before holing out to Bravo on the long-on boundary. Bravo caught Manoj Tiwary there soon after and Knight Riders were eventually kept to 158.

Super Kings went down the same path. After the Hussey-Vijay stand, they were slowed down and then lost Suresh Raina to a run out in the 14th over. MS Dhoni played out four consecutive dot balls against L Balaji as the gap between runs required and balls remaining began to grow. Balaji conceded two runs off the 14th over, and Bhatia five in the next. Super Kings now needed 44 off 30 balls.

After the 17th over of the first innings, Knight Riders had been 127 for 4. After the 17th over of the chase, Super Kings were 127 for 3. They lost Faf du Plessis to the first ball of the 18th. With 27 needed off the last two overs, Dhoni changed the course of the chase. He nearly beheaded Marchant de Lange, such was the ferocity with which he clubbed the first ball to the straight boundary. The next was a full toss that disappeared through deep midwicket and the third was a towering six over long-on.

Super Kings were favourites, needing only nine to get off the final over, but Dhoni was bowled off its second ball, missing Bhatia's slower ball. Bhatia went on to bowl three more exceptional deliveries, but his last was the full toss that allowed Super Kings to move to No. 4 in the league.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @Hamza Tariq .. agree with you.. I guess team combination you got it right... but lets in reality what happend today playing with Mumbai?

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    @ Yakub ali : there are just four overseas players in playing 11 so i thik they should drop lee or marchant de lange because both are not performing so shakib can com in.my playin 11is:1- Gambhir,2-Bb mcculum,3-Bisla,4-Kallis,5-monoj tiwary,6-youaf,7-shakib,8-Shukla,9-Bhatia 10-Narine 11-balaji

  • shameem on May 15, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    @Alex Hose: your comment is like F16 about Shakib and Tamim. I've enjoyed that much. Keep up posting. (You may be a KIWI as someone has pointed out --- your open and good mentality support that ---- have seen Kiwis like you while I was involved as a support staff within Manawatu Cricket Association in 1997-98.) Ryan Tendo what are you doing mate? Feel sorry for you the way KKR treating you -- very unfortunate, given your ability.

  • Hayat on May 15, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    @Alex hose, 'Shakib can also fire lazers from his eyes and he rides a dinosaur.' Never thought I would see a mention of dinosaurs on cricinfo. Absolute gem. You should contribute on Page 2 on cricinfo. That was real funny, no offence intended though! LOL

  • Deepak on May 15, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    @ramab - NRR need not go up always when you win or come down with every match that you lose..

  • Johurul on May 15, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    I think we should all stop this Shakib defending the fact is Sunil Narine is a very interesting player and so far deserves he's place, let the team selector decide who plays. I think everyone in world cricket knows what record Shakib has and he himself will say it's a squad game the only thing he can Do Is Practises hard Prepare And Take He's chance When he gets it come On KKR with or without Shakib. :-)

  • Saeed Salehin on May 15, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    @ Alex Hose: Are you from NZ? I know, when you became BAN fan... (BAN vs NZ => 4-0) in 2010... And I am sure you didn't forget the Man of The Series... :)

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    I agree with most of my friends, Shakib should have been part of playing 11.. more they should drop Kallis now if they have to win any more games... My team for next 2 matches are : Gautam, McCullum, Bisla, Das, Shukla, Majoj Tiwari, Pathan, Shakib, Lee, Sunil Narine, Marchant de Lange.. I am just hoping that somebody from KKR management will see this ...and I also wish they bat in same sequence as I have listed.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    I think KKR selected the best XI. But there is only one mistake. De Lange playing but Abdullah and Shakib not play. The pitch was slow. I think its a wrong decision by Gambhir an coach. Abdullah and Shakib is the best performer. What u think all of you guys??

  • Senthil on May 15, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    I thought I had done commenting on this subject, but I had to come back to thank Alex Hose for that stupendous contribution!

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