Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Chennai April 28, 2013

Hussey throws spanners in KKR works

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Chennai Super Kings 200 for 3 (Hussey 95, Raina 44) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 186 for 4 (Bisla 92) by 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the searing heat of Chennai, the home side, Chennai Super Kings, soared to the top of the table with a 14-run win over the defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders. Michael Hussey and the newcomer Wriddhiman Saha stunned the visitors with a 103-run opening stand, Hussey continued hurting them even after the loss of Saha, and the run rate hovered around 10. Hussey missed the century by five runs, but he had set up a daunting task for Knight Riders, who had asked the hosts to bat first.

Sunil Narine and Jacques Kallis both registered their second-worst analyses in IPL, going for 35 and 51 respectively. Like in the final of the last IPL at the same venue, Manvinder Bisla scored 92 - he was out on 43 but not given, which kept Knight Riders fighting, but the target was too big, especially with next to little support from the other end.

Coming in ahead of M Vijay, who had scored only 122 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of less than a run a ball, Saha, the Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman, was the surprise package. And Hussey, he was just Hussey. He began with a flick off a loose delivery down the leg side, and then hit L Balaji for three consecutive fours - two of them over extra cover, and one edged through slip.

Saha then went after his Bengal team-mate Shami Ahmed, taking four, four and six in the fourth over. After Hussey took Narine apart in the fifth over, and Saha did the same to Kallis in the sixth, Super Kings had registered their best Powerplay of this season, 67 for 0. Hussey reached his fifty as early as the eighth over, and despite the oppressive heat he kept converting every one-and-a-half into two.

Saha's wicket came and went, but the run rate refused to go down. Hussey's wicket came and went - agonisingly short of the milestone and off a long hop - but even that didn't slow the run rate down. When it did seem to slow down, MS Dhoni got a full toss off the last ball of the innings, and duly took six.

Knight Riders got a good start with an extras-ridden opening over by Dirk Nannes, but Chris Morris soon removed Gautam Gambhir. Bisla, struggling at that time, got going with four fours off Morris in the fifth over, but at the other end Brendon McCullum played Mohit Sharma on to make it 63 for 2 after six overs.

An ideal period followed for Super Kings as Kallis and Bisla both struggled to hit the boundaries or alternate the strike, and by the time the next boundary was hit, a six off the last ball of the 10th over, the asking rate had reached 11.6.

The pressure resulted in mistakes, but in the next two overs Dhoni missed a stumping and the third umpire refused to acknowledge a run-out, a result of a canny deflection from Dhoni. Kallis soon fell to an ungainly ramp, leaving about 13 an over, which would soon cross 15. Bisla and Eoin Morgan gave the target a fair go, bringing it down to 29 off the last two overs, but Hussey once again killed it off with a direct hit from mid-on.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • playitstraight on April 30, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Kallis is a legend, but sorry to say, when it comes to T20, he is hopeless. His bowling & batting lost the match for KKR, needless to say. Hardly ever plays at a SR of above 100, when batsmen are required to score @ a SR of 120-130. Kallis should be dropped, he must realize that his golden days are coming to an end.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 29, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    @Narbavi: Look here mate, Sachitra is used to bowl long spells in really hot weather. His home ground the SSC is the most flattest pitches in the country. Yet he has a avg of 20 in 1st class Cricket.Kallis looked a dry with the weather and blaji is not in the best of the form. He may have failled 2 matches but it doesn't mean he will definitely fail again. Didn't your pal watson fail miserably until he got the 100, and 98. I just said his preference is righties than lefties. Looks like you need a new pair of specs.

  • GrindAR on April 29, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    3rd highest score for KKR is extras (Bisla 92, Morgan 32, Extras 20, Kallis 19)... (386 scored in 40 overs) is this one of the outrageous matches?... KKR has the receipe to consistently compete with CSK (but not with others as good...)

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Why kkr aren't removing Yusuf pathan ... Hez good for nothing ... Plz remove Yusuf pathan from team if you have to win

  • ladycricfan on April 29, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Fleming, from coach's point of view, is not satisfied with the team's performance yet. CSK is performing well below their potential. They are not clicking as a team yet. When they bat well, bowling fails, when they bowl well fielding disappoints and so on.That is why there were so many close matches and CSK is winning most due to their shear battling spirit. You need lion heart to win close matches.

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    I was very angry with Nannes yesterday but one should accept that he is coming back from an injury, he could have got KKR's best batsman out but Ashwin dropped the catch. Had Ashwin took that sitter, game would have ended earlier & we all would be praising Nannes. Yes, he did crime by bowling length and short pitch balls in the 18th over but you can't rate a batsman or bowler just on the basis of one bad performance. Had one match performance been the parameter then Steyn, Gayle, Virat, AB De Villiers, Watson, Malinga and Pollard should have been dropped from their respective IPL teams.

  • SherjilIslam on April 29, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    I said it long back, if KKR has to win matches, they had to have firepower in both batting and bowling, which can only be filled by Brendon & Lee playing together. Also, to be honest with Kallis, He is good when you need to chase upto 150 runs, but he becomes awful when the target goes beyond 160-170.

  • DINESHCC on April 29, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Tal_Botvinnik: In all your posts, particularly in CSK matches, you made lot of ifs and buts. But the reality is different, as usual.

  • arunkumar_dip07 on April 29, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Remember IPL final - 2012 :)..Very Similar Match.

  • Narbavi on April 29, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: Analysis is null? ya your's is absolutely, are you trying to say Senanayake can't bowl to right handers? and Narine can't bowl to lefties? The truth is this was a flat wicket, difficult to contain in this pitch for any bowler, senanayake is good in the shorter format but still last two or three games he looked very poor, nobody can deny that!!