Mathews innings helps Knight Riders recover
Angelo Mathews survived Ravichandran Ashwin’s hat trick ball to score an important innings of 48 to help the Kolkata Knight Riders recover after the being reduced to 19-4.
The Knight Riders top order were blown away in the space of 12 balls as Ashwin and Doug Bollinger claimed four wickets as the Chennai Super Kings tore through a shell shocked Knight Riders team.
Chris Gayle was the first player dismissed as the game got off to an unbelievable start. Having just hit spinner Ashwin for a six Gayle (7) came down the wicket only to miss the delivery and was easily stumped by MS Dhoni.
Having survived a plum LBW shout Brendon McCullum (0) was the next to go after he was caught by Muttiah Muralitharan at the end of a wild third over.
The drama continued in the next over when Bollinger trapped Sourav Ganguly (10) LBW to leave the Knight Riders 17-3 and in danger of a total collapse.
Ashwin returned to bowl his third over and he immediately got David Hussey (0) stumped by Dhoni to claim his third wicket of the innings and set up a hat trick ball.
The delivery to Mathews was perfect and the batsman could only glove the ball through to short leg but unbelievably it was given not out by umpire Simon Taufel.
Having survived Ashwin’s hat trick ball Mathews built an important partnership of 73 runs with Manoj Tiwary (27) to give the Knight Riders some hope before Suresh Raina struck to remove Tiwary.
Wriddhiman Saha lasted only two balls before he was brilliantly stumped by Dhoni as the Kinght Roders slumped to 98-6 in the space of 8 balls.
Laxmi Shukla enjoyed a cameo of 17 before Mathews innings came to an end in the 19th over as the Knight Riders reached 139-8. After such a torrid start the Knight Riders will feel they still have a chance for victory.