Felix Austin | cricket20
MS Dhoni scored an important half century to help the Chennai Super Kings recover from losing three early wickets against the Kolkata Knights at Eden Gardens.
The Super Kings skipper stared with the bat, his blistering innings of 66 from just 33 balls allowed the visitors to reach 154-3 on a slow wicket.
Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. The Super Kings lost big hitting danger man Matthew Hayden (1) in the third over but Suresh Raina (18) and Murali Vijay (33) didn’t panic keeping Shane Bond and Ishant Sharma at bay with the new ball.
Although runs were slow to come by the pair started to build a useful partnership but they both failed to build on their good starts losing their wickets in the space of 3 balls to put the Knight Riders on top.
Vijay departed first hitting an inside edge onto his own stumps before Brad Hodge struck with is first ball of the game to knock Rainia middle stump out of the ground to leave the Super Kings 55-3.
With the Super Kings in trouble Dhoni came to the rescue, his 4th wicket partnership of 109 with Subramaniam Badrinath (41) gave the Super Kings hope after a slow start.
Dhoni was inspired form smashing 15 runs of Laxmi Shulka in the 17th over and then another 14 runs of Shane Bond in the next over to ensure his bowlers would have a chance of bowling the Super Kings to victory.