Raina, Negi on song as Super Kings thrash Knight Riders

2014-10-06 00:00

SURESH Raina scored an unbeaten century and Pawan Negi claimed five wickets as the Chennai Super Kings demolished the Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets and nine balls to spare to win their second Champions League T20 title at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangaluru on Saturday.

Raina smashed 109 not out as the Super Kings ended on 185 for two in 18.3 overs after winning the toss and bowling first. The Knight Riders posted 180 for six in their 20 overs with Gautam Gambhir scoring 80 off 52 balls which included seven boundaries and three sixes.

Kolkata had been on course for a total in excess of 200 runs but then the slow left-arm bowling of Negi curtailed the Knight Riders’ innings as he claimed five wickets for 22 runs in his fours overs. The defining moment came in Negi’s final over when he claimed three wickets for just two runs. Negi first had Manish Pandey (32) caught by Brendon McCullum at long-on off the first ball and then had Ryan ten Doeschate (nought) stumped off a leg-side wide by MS Dhoni. Two balls later Negi picked up his five-for when Suryakumar Yadav (nought) tried a reverse sweep but only managed to find Ashish Nehra at short third man.

The Knight Riders produced a decent platform with a first-wicket partnership of 91 off 66 balls between Gambhir and Robin Uthappa (40). Uthappa then danced down the track to Negi and missed a turning ball and was stumped by Dhoni.

The wheels started to fall off for Kolkata despite a 39-run stand for the third wicket between Gambhir and Pandey but once Gambhir departed, caught at mid-off by McCullum. Pandey smashed two fours and two sixes in 19 balls as he and Yusuf Pathan added 23 off 12 balls for the fourth wicket.

Raina was in sublime form, dancing down the track at will and connecting cleanly to smash eight maximums in his innings. The left-handed batsman also displayed perfect timing and placement by stroking six boundaries in his innings of 62 balls.

Raina brought up his 50 off only 27 balls and then slowed a bit by bringing up his century off 59 deliveries. Dhoni took a few balls to get used to the pace of the pitch but then smashed one boundary and two sixes, the second of which brought an end to the contest.

Scores in brief:

Kolkata Knight Riders 180/6 (Raina 109, McCullum 39; Cummins 1-32, Pathan 1-34).

Chennai Super Kings 185/2 (Gambhir 80, Imran 39; Negi 5-22, Jadeja (1-25).

Chennai Super Kings won by 8 wickets.

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