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

  • dummy4fb on March 17, 2010, 13:16 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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..

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