Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders

Indian Premier League, 2008-09

Nagraj Gollapudi

At Centurion, May 18, 2009 (floodlit). Kolkata Knight Riders won by seven wickets. Toss: Chennai Super Kings. Chennai Super Kings 188-3 (20 overs) (G. J. Bailey 30, S. K. Raina 52, M. S. Dhoni 40*); Kolkata Knight Riders 189-3 (20 overs) (B. B. McCullum 81, B. J. Hodge 71*). Kolkata Knight Riders 2 pts. Man of the Match: B. J. Hodge.

After almost a month of misery, controversy and failed strategies, Kolkata finally managed a victory, only their second in 13 games. Imperious strokeplay from McCullum kick-started their successful chase: he collected 11 fours and three sixes from 48 balls before handing the baton to Hodge, whose 71* came from 44 deliveries. Chennai's total owed much to a useful opening stand of 59 in six overs between Parthiv Patel (25) and George Bailey, then Raina and Dhoni put on 74 for the third wicket.

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