Indian Premier League, 2019 |Match 29 |4/14/2019 Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The Man of the Match for tonight's game is Imran Tahir for his spectacular bowling in the first innings. He picked 4 wickets to derail the Kolkata innings. That's all from Kolkata then, but the Indian T20 League action continues. The second game of the double-header is already underway and Delhi are batting first there. Switch tabs for all the action!
Coming to the Kolkata bowling, there was not much to be said other than that there was only a single bowler who was on top of his form tonight. Sunil Narine tried his best as he bowled an economical spell but the total set on the board was eventually not enough. Earlier on in the evening, Lynn played a stroke-filled knock of 82 but even that got the hosts only 161. Chennai's bowlers were too good especially Tahir, and played a massive part in this win. The chase was completed comfortably and it was also the 10th one on the trot in the League for the team who was batting second. Thus, Kolkata now have lost 3 in a row and both their games this year to the Men in Yellow. They need to turn things around quickly or they could find themselves in a bit of pressure going ahead.
The chase of 162 began in spectacular fashion with Faf du Plessis setting the pace early on with a flurry of boundaries. His opening partner, Shane Watson, though did not last long, and in came Raina to replace him. The southpaw kept peppering the boundaries at frequent intervals and also kept the singles and doubles coming to ensure the required run rate never got out of control. Though wickets fell around him, he did not play false shots and eventually made sure his side ended up on the winning side with the help of Jadeja who played a scintillating cameo right at the end.
Another day in the Indian T20 League, another win for Chennai. Does not matter how they come, what matters is they cross the line. Every single game, someone or the other puts up their hand and performs for the team. Signs of a champion side! Tonight it was Suresh Raina. Walking in early in the innings, he continued and remained unbeaten till the end with a magnificent 58 off 42 balls. Along with the support of Ravindra Jadeja who made 31 off 17 balls, he ensured that Chennai picked up their 7th win of the season!
P Chawla to R Jadeja, CHENNAI WIN BY 5 WICKETS! First team to win four games in a row this season. Chawla delivers a googly on the shorter side outside off, Jadeja rocks back and whacks it to deep cover for the winning runs.
P Chawla to S Raina, Flat and short again, on leg, Raina stands back and hits it through backward square leg for one.
P Chawla to R Jadeja, Short and on middle, Jadeja goes back and pulls it down to long on for one. 3 needed off 4 balls!
P Chawla to R Jadeja, EDGY FOUR! Chawla goes for the missile. Fires in a short delivery outside off at 120 kph, Jadeja flashes his bat at it and edges it down to third man for a boundary.
END OF OVER 19 | 16 Runs & 0 Wkt | CSK 154/5
Piyush Chawla to bowl the last over.
H Gurney to R Jadeja, Attempts a slower ball and delivers it on the full around leg, Jadeja tickles it to short fine leg for one. 16 from the over, 8 needed off the final one.
H Gurney to R Jadeja, Gurney continues from 'round the wicket angle and serves a very full ball on leg, Jadeja flicks it behind square leg and picks up a brace.
H Gurney to R Jadeja, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries and Chennai are roaring! Gurney switches to 'round the wicket but ends up serving a low full toss on the pads, Jadeja neatly deflects it wide of short fine leg for a boundary. 11 needed off 8 balls.
H Gurney to R Jadeja, FOUR! Lucky boundary for Chennai! Gurney slants in a length ball on off, Jadeja winds up for a big heave across the line over the leg side but it takes the leading edge and flies over backward point for a boundary.
H Gurney to R Jadeja, FOUR! Fabulous straight hit from Jadeja. He shimmies down the track to a length ball outside off and powers it over the bowler's head for a boundary. 19 needed off 10 balls.
H Gurney to S Raina, Slower delivery, on a length and outside off, Raina hangs on the back foot and flat-bats it down to long off for a single.
END OF OVER 18 | 8 Runs & 0 Wkt | CSK 138/5
Harry Gurney to bowl the 19th over. The equation is 24 off 12!
S Narine to S Raina, Quicker one, full and on off, it's stroked down to long off for a single. 8 from the over, Narine has bowled out, his figures read 4-1-19-2! Tremendous performance.
S Narine to S Raina, Full and floated on middle, Raina walks forward and pushes it back to the bowler. Narine collects the ball and has an immediate shy at the striker's end but hits the batsman instead.
S Narine to R Jadeja, Jadeja plays the square cut this time, it goes more from the outer half towards short third man again. The batsmen have run through for a single.
S Narine to S Raina, Shortish and outside off, Raina gently dabs it towards short third man for a single.
S Narine to S Raina, FOUR! Poor length from Narine and it's punished by Raina. He immediately rocks back to a short delivery and pummels it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Can he see Chennai through?
S Narine to R Jadeja, A touch short and on middle, spinning away, Jadeja gets back and helps it through mid-wicket for a run.