Chennai pip Kolkata by two runs to top IPL log

2015-04-29 00:00

THE spin masters of the Chennai Super Kings and allrounder Dwayne Bravo engineered an extraordinary two-run win against the Kolkota Knight Riders to propel the hosts to the summit of the Indian Premier League table last night.

In a gripping, low-scoring thriller in their T20 clash at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, offspinner Ravi Ashwin took two for five, while Bravo nipped out three for 22 as CSK defended their below-par score of 134 for six on a dry, turning pitch.

Despite a late charge by Ryan ten Doeschate, who hammered four boundaries in the final two overs and finished on an unbeaten 38 off 28 balls, Kolkota managed only 132 for nine.

Chennai scored 134 for six in their 20 overs. They were restricted by wrist-spinner Brad Hogg, who claimed one for 18, and legspinner Piyush Chawla, who nipped out two for 26.

The hosts slipped from 42 without loss to 88 for five in 50 balls as the slow bowlers and Andre Russell caused a top-order wobble. Russell took two for 26.

During the Kolkata-innings, Ishwar Pandey struck in the opening over when he had Gautam Gambhir caught behind for a duck as the visitors slipped to one for one.

Chennai erred by bowling too short or too full in the first five overs, and Robin Uthappa prospered by hammering six fours and a six as the Kolkota Knight Riders raced to 52 for one.

Ashwin was introduced in the sixth over, and had Uthappa splendidly caught at short midwicket by Brendon McCullum for 39 with his first ball.

Ashwin struck again in his second over when Manish Pandey played an ill-judged slog sweep to deep midwicket which was intercepted by Dwayne Bravo as Pandey departed for 15.

Kolkota looked vulnerable on 61 for three after 7.1 overs and found themselves in deep strife on 101 for six after 17 overs.

A double-strike by Bravo then accounted for Pat Cummins and Chawla in the 18th over.

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