Super Kings make it three in a row
Matthew Matthew Hayden's 70 paved the way for the Chennai Super Kings to record their third victory of the Indian Premier League with a 9 wicket victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Jacob Oram led the charge of the medium pace brigade in the Knight Riders' total of 147 for nine. Hayden hammered his runs off 48 balls, hitting six fours and three sixes, as the Super Kings replied with 152 for one to win with 19 balls to spare.
Oram, who took three for 32, dismissed Brendon McCullum (24) and Ricky Ponting (0) - both caught by Suresh Raina in the covers - with consecutive deliveries in the third over.
Prasanta Saha took just one single in his 27: he hammered five fours and a six off the rest of the 16 balls he faced. But Saha was never going to last, and medium pacer Manpreet Gony had the last laugh when he bowled the aggressor in the sixth over after being smashed for a four and a six.
The best of Kolkata's batting came from Laxmi Shukla, whose 42 came off 33 balls and included four fours and a six.
Oram was well supported by Gony, who took two for 40, and medium pacer Palani Amarnath, who claimed two for 29.
In Chennai's reply, Parthiv Patel (27) proved a patient partner for Hayden in their opening stand of 66.
But there was no holding back the flood of runs once Mahendra Singh Dhoni (43 not out) joined Hayden in the ninth over, and the remaining 86 runs of the Super Kings' total flew off just 51 balls.
Dhoni, who murdered his runs off 27 balls with three fours and two sixes, ended the match with a six over long-on off Murali Kartik.