Chennai romp to victory over Kolkata
The Chennai Super Kings romped to a comprehensive 9 wicket victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders to keep their hopes of a place in the IPL semi finals very much a live.
Despite losing Matthew Hayden in the first over Murali Vijay (50) and Suresh Raina (78) made light work of the Knight Riders bowlers as they enyojed a second wicket partnership of 137 to steer the Super Kings to victory
Having won the toss 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.