James Fiztpatrick | cricket20
MS Dhoni scored an important half century to help the Chennai Super Kings built the Kolkata Knight Riders by 55 runs at Eden Gardens to claim their first win in this years Indian Premier League.
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.
The Knight Riders who had got of to the worst possible start losing two early wickets in their run chase never troubled the Super Kings as the visitors bowlers controlled the game.
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.
In reply the Knight Riders struggle with the bat losing Brad Hodge (0) and Manoj Iwary (8) inside the first two overs as the openers struggled against the new ball pace of Albie Morkel and Manpreet Gony who claimed a wicket each.
Wriddhiman Saha (22) and Owais Shah (5) soon followed to leave the home side 46-4 in the just the 6th over. With wickets falling around him Sourav Ganguly (18) needed to remain at the crease to see his side to victory but he was dismissed by Justin Kemp two overs later.
The Knight Riders were now in complete disarray as they collapsed to their first defeat in this years IPL. Angelo Matthew (6), Rohan Gavaskar (2), Laxmi Shukla (19), Shane Bond (1) and Murali Kartik (21) all departed without troubling the score as the Knight Riders were bowled out for 109.