Super Kings v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Ranchi May 2, 2014

McCullum, Jadeja sink Knight Riders

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Chennai Super Kings 148 for 3 (McCullum 56) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 114 for 9 (Uthappa 47, Jadeja 4-12) by 34 runs
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The Chennai Super Kings playbook has one abiding formula: a top-order contribution, a blitz from the finishers and a strangle by the spinners. Brendon McCullum took care of objective one with his third half-century in six matches, MS Dhoni swung his bat around to lift the total to 148 in a rain-reduced match and Ravindra Jadeja swindled 4 for 12 to down Kolkata Knight Riders with ease.

Robin Uthappa, who opened for Knight Riders, posed the greatest threat with his execution matching his intent. He crunched four fours and a six on either side of losing his partner Gautam Gambhir in the third over. He was conscious to use his feet, unafraid of going aerial and the reverse sweep was a trusted weapon as well. But his stroke-play coincided with a dreadful collapse at the other end. The introduction of spin left Knight Riders 39 for 4 at the end of the Powerplay, too deep a hole to escape from no matter how long Yusuf Pathan managed to biff the ball down the ground.

The Jadeja-R Ashwin combination plucked three wickets in five balls and Knight Riders' middle order was broken inside the first six overs. Uthappa waged his battle until he became Jadeja's fourth victim to hand the left-arm spinner the best figures of the season.

The start of the Indian leg of the IPL was delayed by an hour and 40 minutes after an unseasonal shower in Ranchi limited the game to 17 overs a side. Knight Riders utilised spin for the entirety of the Powerplay and were encouraged by some help from the pitch. But a persistence in pushing the balls through allowed McCullum to settle and shepherd Super Kings past the loss of Dwayne Smith in the third over.

Piyush Chawla was particularly adamant in refusing to flight the ball. Suresh Raina and McCullum had no qualms with that as they joined hands for a brisk 70-run stand for the second wicket. The introduction of pace did little to stem the flow of runs as Vinay Kumar fed McCullum with a steady diet of short balls that ended up being thudded into the midwicket boundary. The five overs between the eighth and 12th yielded 51 runs for one wicket.

Sunil Narine was his usual miserly self and Super Kings seemed to be running out of gas in the final overs, especially when McCullum was caught in the deep for 56. But some initiative and wayward bowling from Andre Russell, who was brought in for Morne Morkel, allowed the home side to finish on a high.

Those extra runs ensured Yusuf's late pummeling in the Knight Riders' chase was inconsequential. He blazed three sixes in the penultimate over and each of them gave the fielder no chance. Knight Riders would hope the next time he wields the long handle, the equation will not read 59 off 12.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • D-Coach on May 3, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    @Samychennai Well Said mate. Dhoni attitude really stops the momentum of team but his influence in the team and team mates make it up. I always believe good balls to be respected but not bowlers always. Simply Dhoni made mess of good total due to too much respect to S.Naraine in death overs. Good players shows their master class against the best even though we do not want CSK to play a brain Strom cricket. Play sensitive but be smart too give a crack back. Well done Team CSK.

  • ramz30380 on May 3, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @ JUSTIPL - every team has its own match winners & CSK is no exception. U said tht CSK will be nothing w/o MSD, Raina and SRJ - it applies for all teams - RCB will be nothing w/o Virat, Gayle & ABD; DD will b nothing w/o KP, Duminy & De-Kock; MI will b nothing w/o Rohit, Pollard & Malinga; Kings Xi will be nothing w/o Miller, Maxie & Bailey; SRH will b nothing w/o Steyn, Finch & Sammy.. and so on.....

    Every player has come thru auctions - the smarter ones made the smarter choices! CSK got it right! - Baz & Smith were picked this yr by CSK - it was an even field CSK were smart to pick the team composition tht they wanted to have rather than going for hot names - that was the difference.

    Moreover, CSK works on its team rather than thinking abt wht others are doing around them which by itself is a fantastic culture - combine it with a cool captain & coach - the perfect blend! Now wonder they are wht they are!

  • remnant on May 3, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    KKr needs to re-do the team once more. There is a lot of dead wood and their core players are past their prime. Gambhir, Kallis and Pathan, the retained/RTM players are past their sell by date and will only go downhill. Owners must look for a fresh captain and a revamped batting with greater batting firepower. Batters with 140+ strikerate. Was surprised that Yadav has the highest strike rate and rest are all 120+. For this season, Gambhir cannot be dropped, but he should review his role and play sheet anchor, and rest Kallis. in fact Kallis and Shakib both play as allrounders and should not play together at all. Shakib himself is not justifying the foreign spot, on batting effort. Its not better than the local Ind players. His bowling is ok, but KKR problem is its toothless batting, and it needs to get in Lynn, Tendo, Narine , Shakib/Morkel/Kallis. Pathan will only flatter to deceive, but will fail when its crunch time. KKR is getting the result it paid for in auctions.It deserves it.

  • supercoolfan on May 3, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    KKR - I think KKR is out of sorts! Poor captaincy! Poor team selection! Poor performances! Poor strategies! A few suggestions: 1) Drop Kallis - a failure at this moment 2) Drop Russell - pathetic performance in the last match 3) Include Doeschate and see how he performs 4) Bring Pathan up the order - give him a little to settle down. he was playing up the order for RR 5) Keep Morkel/Cummins 6) Keep Shakib and monitor how he continues to perform 7) Manish had been playing well until his batting position got reshuffled 8) Where is Das? He can be handy hitter 9) You don't have play four oversees players. If they do not perform then do not include them in the playing XI. Look for local talent. 9) Gambhir should seriously think about bowling choices and his captaincy role. He should lead by example, not by words.

    My two cents. KKR management, please think about it! Thanks.

  • espncricinfomobile on May 3, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Inclusion of Badree and Aparjith in place of Du Plessis and Manhas will make Csk invincible on these Indian wkts Robin uthapa is unfortunate not to play again for India after his resurgence in all forms.

  • ladycricfan on May 3, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Dhoni won more test matches than any other indian captain in the history of indian cricket. You need to take 20 wickets to win a test match which the indian bowlers find difficult to achieve in away matches. Flemimg, considered one of the best captains in the world could only do so much in tests because of the limited resources in NewZealand. Captains alone can't win matches.

  • CricFan707 on May 3, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    KKR is seriously looking worse than MI. Unlike MI they have very good players who aren't being utilized. KKR should consider this. It is high time they bring Ryan ten Doeschate in place of Kallis. Kallis has been a burden who slows KKR down and isn't even bowling properly. ten Doeschate is a proven T20 performer all around the world and I consider him the best analyzer of the game after Dhoni. He knows when to consolidate and when to hit the big shots. Also they can bring Cummins/Morkel in place of Russell. Shakib performed nicely with the ball yesterday so he should be given another go as they need spinners. They can rotate Lynn/Morkel in future based on pitches and batting strength. Tendo must be given a permanent place in the squad. He has been alarmingly underutilized. He performs whenever he gets the chance and still GG drops him. They should forget combinations or anything and bring in ten Doeschate to strengthen the batting order. Other teams would have regularly played him.

  • Warm_Coffee on May 3, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    The 4 foreign players for KKR should be Morkel, Shakib, Ryan and Narine. Kallis consumes too many balls. Lynn we still don't know much about him. Russel his bowling is overrated.

  • eng_mdkhan on May 3, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    CSK: Well to be honest I am irritated by Dhoni's diabolical calm and how 9 out of 10 he makes the right choices, Mr. Perfect!!! On serious note he keeps things very simple and maybe his test captaincy is nothing to write about but one can write exhaustive volumes on his T20 captaincy. He is a natural so form is never an issue, his team (with his considerable influence in selection I assume) is top notch and he regularly has those huddles which definitely have to have an impact. They work on their fielding whether it is ground or bowlers fielding off their own bowling. I have never seen him show emotions on field yet his players give 100% or more and I guess it is because they see him do the same with a no-nonsense attitude. Truly one of the best limited overs cricket captain of all times. I am 100% sure that CSK would never be what it is without Dhoni. So CSK make hay till Dhoni lasts.

  • dummy4fb on May 3, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    gambhir is worst captain....i don;t know who is heading team selection,,,here is best 11 with batting order : 1.Robin,2.Bisla,3.Gambhir,4.Lynn,5.Yusuf,6.SuryaKumar,7.Sakib,8.Narine,9.VinayKumar,10.UmeshYadv,11.Morkle

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