Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2010, Kolkata March 16, 2010

Dhoni masterminds facile win for Chennai

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Chennai Super Kings 164 for 3 (Dhoni 66*, Badrinath 43*) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 109 (Kemp 3-12) by 55 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

MS Dhoni and S Badrinath added an unbroken 109-run stand from 65 deliveries to push Chennai Super Kings to a competitive total before their bowlers turned in an inspired performance to bowl them to a surprisingly facile win at the Eden Gardens. It was Chennai who had ended Kolkata's winning streak after the first two games in 2008 and history played out yet again.

Chennai were wobbling at 55 for 3 in the 10th over when Dhoni joined Badrinath to slowly change things around on a track with slightly variable bounce. It wasn't the traditional hit-everything-in-sight Twenty20 innings from them as they first strived to settle in with dabs and nudges before freeing their arms at the end.

It was off the final delivery of the 15th over that Dhoni managed his first big hit - a six over long-on. And it wasn't till the 18th over that he really went berserk, hitting Laxmi Ratan Shukla for two fours and another six over long-on as he started to work his bottom hand over time.

In the next over, bowled by Shane Bond, he looted three boundaries that included a scorching flatly-pulled six. Badrinath too got in the act, pulling Ishant Sharma for a six in the final over.

Until the final assault from the Chennai duo, nearly everything went according to Plan A for Kolkata. Bond got to swing it at pace, Ishant probed with his seam movement, Murali Kartik was at his canny best, Angelo Matthews was at his nagging self and Shukla kept it really tight as well. But Dhoni's knock proved the difference between a below-par total and a defendable one.

Kolkata needed a similar partnership but with wickets falling at regular intervals, the chase lacked any momentum and fizzled out very quickly. Within nine deliveries, their heroes from last game, Brad Hodge and Manoj Tiwary, were dismissed - Hodge pulled Albie Morkel to square-leg and Tiwary was bowled, going for an expansive on-the-up drive against Manpreet Gony. And when L Balaji produced the delivery of the game - it kicked up from short of length even as it straightened outside off stump - to catch the edge of Owais Shah, Kolkata were struggling at 46 for 4.

It required someone to seize the game but there weren't any inspired bursts lower down. Sourav Ganguly dawdled along for a while, unable to break free against a relentless attack of short deliveries into his rib cage, and he fell, swinging Justin Kemp to deep mid-wicket. Much depended on Matthews if Kolkata were to effect a jail break, but he was trapped in front trying to paddle sweep a straight delivery from Kemp. The tail couldn't produce any miracle and Chennai wrapped up the win with five balls to spare.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • sudheer44 on March 18, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    SRK and Ganguly needs badly for Vignesh. As Vignesh is capable of doing anything. Batting, bowling and awesome fielder. Give him chance

  • nikkam on March 17, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    MSDs loss would be difficult for CSK..the two games being against delhi and bangalore, it would need an extraordinary effort from hayden, raina, vijay and badri to pull it off. Hope MSD returns for third match against punjab. Parthiv would be covering for MSD and it would be good to go back to the old opening pair of parthiv and hayden. Vijay, badri, raina, kemp, morkel and ashwin should be able to put up a collective effort with the bat to challenge Delhi and RCB as they are a strong batting unit. Raina could benefit by displayng more maturity with the extra resposibility.

  • secondopinion on March 17, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    its time Ganguly does a honest self-check. he always been a poor fielder, and a worse runner between wicket, both are kiss of death in t20. now he refuses to bowl! and his batting is pathetic. his average run/inning and strike rate are both below Dravid,who supposedly is fit for test cricket only. Dont even dare compare Sachin's stats in T20. KR will lose most matches unless it can get good indian batting going - n they hv pujara, sunny singh, mandeep, vignesh (only if Gangul looks beyond his Bengal clique of gavaskar jr, shukla, tiwary etc etc). Ganguly shud hv played lots of domestic cricket, may be county or club in England to keep mind-body coordination and agility going. Now he blames death over bowling!! why cant KKR chase down 170 runs, when another team had chased down over 200 runs!

  • epixel on March 17, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    ganguly was very rude on player while playing..i think they are not a unit.not like other teams.look the way dhoni leading the team..dhoni leading, ganguly ruling.this s the defrnce between win & lose.. what u thinking guys give me a reply

  • on March 17, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Well done CSK, GOOD TEAM WORK. Keep on going.

  • on March 17, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    worthiest playe in csk camp..

  • anaveenaaron on March 17, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    No Dhoni??? Oh my Word!!! thats a bad Luck for CSK. But CSK under Raina, is a tough luck. If they do well in the next 4 matches before Dhoni's return, it'll be a great plus. A lot will depend on Haydos, Raina, Morkel in batting!, I think Murali should also fire in the bowling dept. Lets hope good things for CSK. All the best Raina!

  • sathishvaiju on March 17, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    WEll, nice victory, greatest show by MSD.but atleast foe 10 days hereafter MSD is not going to play for CSK, Raina is going to be the captain, still chennai is good with the big names of HAYDEN, MURALI, KEMP AND MORKEL.Including Raina, Ashwin and Vijay.But Raina is too young to be a captain.So let the senior people in CSK dug-out like fleming has to think and pls give the captaincy to MR.HAYDEN.He will make us win.

  • on March 17, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    I knew it. All those who were saying taht csk is nothing in front of KKR- CSK showed them! Awesome performance on the whole- to the entire team-really awesome. CSK rocks!

  • anandjhanwar on March 17, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Ganguly says they lost th match due to poor death bowling..but heyy..doesn't he realize that the biggest reason for kkr losing this match was he himself...coming out to bat at No. 3 in the very first over..and then making 3 runs for the first 15 deliveries that he faced in the powerplays..this is ridiculous..look at hayden, and gilchrist..they have not lost a touch of their hard hitting..atleast they try..and either hit..our get out. but ganguly keeps wasting balls, and adds pressure on the other players. (wriddhiman saha in this match)..he is no more that fierce character that he used to be..he shud understand that T20 is not his cup of tea, and should call it a a day sooner than later, instead of making a mockery of himself out there on the ground..

  • sudheer44 on March 18, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    SRK and Ganguly needs badly for Vignesh. As Vignesh is capable of doing anything. Batting, bowling and awesome fielder. Give him chance

  • nikkam on March 17, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    MSDs loss would be difficult for CSK..the two games being against delhi and bangalore, it would need an extraordinary effort from hayden, raina, vijay and badri to pull it off. Hope MSD returns for third match against punjab. Parthiv would be covering for MSD and it would be good to go back to the old opening pair of parthiv and hayden. Vijay, badri, raina, kemp, morkel and ashwin should be able to put up a collective effort with the bat to challenge Delhi and RCB as they are a strong batting unit. Raina could benefit by displayng more maturity with the extra resposibility.

  • secondopinion on March 17, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    its time Ganguly does a honest self-check. he always been a poor fielder, and a worse runner between wicket, both are kiss of death in t20. now he refuses to bowl! and his batting is pathetic. his average run/inning and strike rate are both below Dravid,who supposedly is fit for test cricket only. Dont even dare compare Sachin's stats in T20. KR will lose most matches unless it can get good indian batting going - n they hv pujara, sunny singh, mandeep, vignesh (only if Gangul looks beyond his Bengal clique of gavaskar jr, shukla, tiwary etc etc). Ganguly shud hv played lots of domestic cricket, may be county or club in England to keep mind-body coordination and agility going. Now he blames death over bowling!! why cant KKR chase down 170 runs, when another team had chased down over 200 runs!

  • epixel on March 17, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    ganguly was very rude on player while playing..i think they are not a unit.not like other teams.look the way dhoni leading the team..dhoni leading, ganguly ruling.this s the defrnce between win & lose.. what u thinking guys give me a reply

  • on March 17, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Well done CSK, GOOD TEAM WORK. Keep on going.

  • on March 17, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    worthiest playe in csk camp..

  • anaveenaaron on March 17, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    No Dhoni??? Oh my Word!!! thats a bad Luck for CSK. But CSK under Raina, is a tough luck. If they do well in the next 4 matches before Dhoni's return, it'll be a great plus. A lot will depend on Haydos, Raina, Morkel in batting!, I think Murali should also fire in the bowling dept. Lets hope good things for CSK. All the best Raina!

  • sathishvaiju on March 17, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    WEll, nice victory, greatest show by MSD.but atleast foe 10 days hereafter MSD is not going to play for CSK, Raina is going to be the captain, still chennai is good with the big names of HAYDEN, MURALI, KEMP AND MORKEL.Including Raina, Ashwin and Vijay.But Raina is too young to be a captain.So let the senior people in CSK dug-out like fleming has to think and pls give the captaincy to MR.HAYDEN.He will make us win.

  • on March 17, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    I knew it. All those who were saying taht csk is nothing in front of KKR- CSK showed them! Awesome performance on the whole- to the entire team-really awesome. CSK rocks!

  • anandjhanwar on March 17, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Ganguly says they lost th match due to poor death bowling..but heyy..doesn't he realize that the biggest reason for kkr losing this match was he himself...coming out to bat at No. 3 in the very first over..and then making 3 runs for the first 15 deliveries that he faced in the powerplays..this is ridiculous..look at hayden, and gilchrist..they have not lost a touch of their hard hitting..atleast they try..and either hit..our get out. but ganguly keeps wasting balls, and adds pressure on the other players. (wriddhiman saha in this match)..he is no more that fierce character that he used to be..he shud understand that T20 is not his cup of tea, and should call it a a day sooner than later, instead of making a mockery of himself out there on the ground..

  • vivvi on March 17, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    wat a win ...it has to be said when looked man to man ..kolkatta was'nt in chennai's league...(barring owais and mathews ) selectors has to put some brain in picking players not just going by players names but the ability to play this game ...sure there is mc lum and gayle to come but their consistency is a ouestion ...u need more multi utility players like mathews, kemp, morkel..honestly i dont know what souruv and rohan doing in the team ...comon cricket is 90% brains,emotions only 10% ..hope kkr has some brains in dav ..and for chennai ...what was gony doing pitching the ball short ...whenever he pitchet it up he got it to move and got wicket ..why should someone bowl short when the wicket is seaming and nipping back...against good bowling kolkatta should've been 70 all out...but they can be excused be'cos balagi produced a ripper to get rid of owais

  • jasdeep94 on March 17, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Greatest players Ganguly & Tiwary. two man team

  • Razor88 on March 17, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    MSD Injured, It could be a difficult for Suresh Raina to try and fit in His shoes.........But Chennai is probablly the Only Team Barring RCB to Bounce Back Out of nowhere... Keep up the Good Wok

  • Sanjeevakki on March 17, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Well Well Well......Now that Dhoni will not play for Next 10 days atleast.. CSK will play four games in the next 10 days...... that too against Dehli, RCB, Punjab and Mumbai...If they lose 3 out of next four matches. it will be really hard for them to make comeback in this Season.... But I'm being Huge admirer of Dhoni...... Let see what happens to CSK... Best Of Luck CSK and Rainaa...... :-)

  • arianashok on March 17, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Saurabh dube - Use Firefox browser. It displays the match meter in the right place.

  • akelumw on March 17, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    ho ho ho not a Matthews day not a KKR victory. Where's Thiwary the "MoM by luck" yesterday. KKR you paid for your sins not recognizing Matthews' great effort against RCB on Sunday.

  • Sanjeevakki on March 17, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Delhi & CSK watch out for RCB... After KP, White and Taylor Joins the team. This Combination should be ideal 1.kallis (Bowling and Batting); 2.Pandey; 3.Uthappa (Wicket Keeping) ; 4.kohli (Bowling and Batting);5.KP/White (Bowling and Batting); 6.Taylor; 7.Dravid; 8.P Kumar (Batting and Bowling); 9.Steyn (Bowling); 10.Kumble (Right Arm Spnner); 11.Appanna/Sriram (Left Arm Spinner);The Combination mentioned above can be ruthless with 7 bowling options(One tear away seamer Steyn. Kallis,Praveen Medium pacers,Kumble,Apanna and KP Spinning Options) and with big hitters like KP, Taylor, Kallis, Pandey and Uthappa. Its Sad that Boucher cant make final eleven... Must include KP/White KP brings that Offspinning Option which RCB wants badly..& White brings that another spinning option. Kumble Should Give Steyn another couple of matches to Showcase his Bowling Skills.If he fails then should replace him with van der merve and Appana/Sriram should be replaced with Vinay or Mithun or B Kumar.

  • on March 17, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Can this wretched match meter be moved somewhere, somehow -- so that one can read? Delirium apart, one also needs to know just what happened. Please help-

  • Sehwagology on March 17, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    KKR's problem is that they are over reliant on their overseas contingent - with the honourable exception of Murali Kartik - and of course they can only play four of them. Brad Hodge is comfortably their best batsman while Matthews, Langeveldt and Bond their best bowlers. The problem is that the arrival of Gayle and Hussey will only complicate matters. Presumably Shah for Gayle but that will leave the middle order exposed. And they are likely to play only two out of the three of Matthews, Langeveldt and Bond. Langeveldt is the most likely casualty. However that considerably weakens their death bowling which proved crucial last night. One other question. Rohan Gavaskar bats at seven (without any great success), does not bowl and is no more than an average fielder. So why is he in the side again? Oh silly me - I forgot his surname. Nice to see that nepotism is alive and well in all walks of Indian life!

  • Rushes86 on March 17, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Congrats to Srikkanth. Dhoni is the only guy worth for 6C. Bcoz of him CSK got a good captain, keeper and batsman.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 17, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Really when Dhoni and Badri were batting till the 16th over it was looking as if they are playing a 50 over match........but Kudos to Captain Cool for his excellent batting...

    On the other hand KKR made mockery of a decent total and it once again exposes their fragile middle-order with Ganguly looking like almost a "Non-Playing" Captain.....

  • manasvi_lingam on March 17, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    If only Dhoni could replicate his IPL success in international T20s. In IPL he starts off slowly before exploding away. In international T20s, he starts off slowly and falls, thus resulting in a good no. of balls getting wasted.

  • Farce-Follower on March 17, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    Ganguly was terrible. KKR seriously need to reconfigure his role. He is charismatic no doubt, and inspirational as a captain. But dada, more is required from you!

  • jetson_nitya on March 17, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    CSK roars :) Wow now they have to find a spot for Hussey .. hmmm

  • on March 17, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    East ( OR ) West : Chennai ( CSK ) is the Best Team ( in this : IPL 3 ) !.

  • on March 16, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Perfect heading for the article. Initially CSK were going nowhere with 50 odd runs in the first 11 overs. Dhoni and Badri did put up a great partnership to take the team score to 164 which looked like it was going to be a 120 or 130. Go CSK go!!!!!

  • on March 16, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Dhoni is the BIG BANG of Chennai super kings! Yet to watch his blows on the ball in the remaining IPL.

  • ssenthil on March 16, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    It's a clinical performance by CSK. They displayed one of their best performance in every department including bowling. A very weak bowling department of all teams in the IPL! still CSK managed to bundle out the opposition on 109. Not bad at all. All the catches were taken cleanly, they effected run outs and the ground fielding also well, their batters as usual wonderful. A great comeback in Style. Can't get better than this. Keep going as usual.

  • on March 16, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Awesome innings by dhoni. And KKR should know that they can play 4 foreighner but they got best foreigner but the worst local side of all team in IPL

  • on March 16, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    YO BABI I LUV MS DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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  • on March 16, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    YO BABI I LUV MS DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  • on March 16, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Awesome innings by dhoni. And KKR should know that they can play 4 foreighner but they got best foreigner but the worst local side of all team in IPL

  • ssenthil on March 16, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    It's a clinical performance by CSK. They displayed one of their best performance in every department including bowling. A very weak bowling department of all teams in the IPL! still CSK managed to bundle out the opposition on 109. Not bad at all. All the catches were taken cleanly, they effected run outs and the ground fielding also well, their batters as usual wonderful. A great comeback in Style. Can't get better than this. Keep going as usual.

  • on March 16, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Dhoni is the BIG BANG of Chennai super kings! Yet to watch his blows on the ball in the remaining IPL.

  • on March 16, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Perfect heading for the article. Initially CSK were going nowhere with 50 odd runs in the first 11 overs. Dhoni and Badri did put up a great partnership to take the team score to 164 which looked like it was going to be a 120 or 130. Go CSK go!!!!!

  • on March 17, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    East ( OR ) West : Chennai ( CSK ) is the Best Team ( in this : IPL 3 ) !.

  • jetson_nitya on March 17, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    CSK roars :) Wow now they have to find a spot for Hussey .. hmmm

  • Farce-Follower on March 17, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    Ganguly was terrible. KKR seriously need to reconfigure his role. He is charismatic no doubt, and inspirational as a captain. But dada, more is required from you!

  • manasvi_lingam on March 17, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    If only Dhoni could replicate his IPL success in international T20s. In IPL he starts off slowly before exploding away. In international T20s, he starts off slowly and falls, thus resulting in a good no. of balls getting wasted.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 17, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Really when Dhoni and Badri were batting till the 16th over it was looking as if they are playing a 50 over match........but Kudos to Captain Cool for his excellent batting...

    On the other hand KKR made mockery of a decent total and it once again exposes their fragile middle-order with Ganguly looking like almost a "Non-Playing" Captain.....