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The Man of the Match for tonight's game is Imran Tahir for his spectacular bowling in the first innings. He picked 4 wickets to derail the Kolkata innings. That's all from Kolkata then, but the Indian T20 League action continues. The second game of the double-header is already underway and Delhi are batting first there. Switch tabs for all the action!
Coming to the Kolkata bowling, there was not much to be said other than that there was only a single bowler who was on top of his form tonight. Sunil Narine tried his best as he bowled an economical spell but the total set on the board was eventually not enough. Earlier on in the evening, Lynn played a stroke-filled knock of 82 but even that got the hosts only 161. Chennai's bowlers were too good especially Tahir, and played a massive part in this win. The chase was completed comfortably and it was also the 10th one on the trot in the League for the team who was batting second. Thus, Kolkata now have lost 3 in a row and both their games this year to the Men in Yellow. They need to turn things around quickly or they could find themselves in a bit of pressure going ahead.
The chase of 162 began in spectacular fashion with Faf du Plessis setting the pace early on with a flurry of boundaries. His opening partner, Shane Watson, though did not last long, and in came Raina to replace him. The southpaw kept peppering the boundaries at frequent intervals and also kept the singles and doubles coming to ensure the required run rate never got out of control. Though wickets fell around him, he did not play false shots and eventually made sure his side ended up on the winning side with the help of Jadeja who played a scintillating cameo right at the end.
Another day in the Indian T20 League, another win for Chennai. Does not matter how they come, what matters is they cross the line. Every single game, someone or the other puts up their hand and performs for the team. Signs of a champion side! Tonight it was Suresh Raina. Walking in early in the innings, he continued and remained unbeaten till the end with a magnificent 58 off 42 balls. Along with the support of Ravindra Jadeja who made 31 off 17 balls, he ensured that Chennai picked up their 7th win of the season!
19.4PChawla to RJadeja
CHENNAI WIN BY 5 WICKETS! First team to win four games in a row this season. Chawla delivers a googly on the shorter side outside off, Jadeja rocks back and whacks it to deep cover for the winning runs.
19.3PChawla to SRaina
Flat and short again, on leg, Raina stands back and hits it through backward square leg for one.
19.2PChawla to RJadeja
Short and on middle, Jadeja goes back and pulls it down to long on for one. 3 needed off 4 balls!
19.1PChawla to RJadeja
EDGY FOUR! Chawla goes for the missile. Fires in a short delivery outside off at 120 kph, Jadeja flashes his bat at it and edges it down to third man for a boundary.
Piyush Chawla to bowl the last over.
18.6HGurney to RJadeja
Attempts a slower ball and delivers it on the full around leg, Jadeja tickles it to short fine leg for one. 16 from the over, 8 needed off the final one.
18.5HGurney to RJadeja
Gurney continues from 'round the wicket angle and serves a very full ball on leg, Jadeja flicks it behind square leg and picks up a brace.
18.4HGurney to RJadeja
FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries and Chennai are roaring! Gurney switches to 'round the wicket but ends up serving a low full toss on the pads, Jadeja neatly deflects it wide of short fine leg for a boundary. 11 needed off 8 balls.
18.3HGurney to RJadeja
FOUR! Lucky boundary for Chennai! Gurney slants in a length ball on off, Jadeja winds up for a big heave across the line over the leg side but it takes the leading edge and flies over backward point for a boundary.
18.2HGurney to RJadeja
FOUR! Fabulous straight hit from Jadeja. He shimmies down the track to a length ball outside off and powers it over the bowler's head for a boundary. 19 needed off 10 balls.
18.1HGurney to SRaina
Slower delivery, on a length and outside off, Raina hangs on the back foot and flat-bats it down to long off for a single.
Harry Gurney to bowl the 19th over. The equation is 24 off 12!
17.6SNarine to SRaina
Quicker one, full and on off, it's stroked down to long off for a single. 8 from the over, Narine has bowled out, his figures read 4-1-19-2! Tremendous performance.
17.5SNarine to SRaina
Full and floated on middle, Raina walks forward and pushes it back to the bowler. Narine collects the ball and has an immediate shy at the striker's end but hits the batsman instead.
17.4SNarine to RJadeja
Jadeja plays the square cut this time, it goes more from the outer half towards short third man again. The batsmen have run through for a single.
17.3SNarine to SRaina
Shortish and outside off, Raina gently dabs it towards short third man for a single.
17.2SNarine to SRaina
FOUR! Poor length from Narine and it's punished by Raina. He immediately rocks back to a short delivery and pummels it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Can he see Chennai through?
17.1SNarine to RJadeja
A touch short and on middle, spinning away, Jadeja gets back and helps it through mid-wicket for a run.
16.7PKrishna to RJadeja
Short and wide outside off, Jadeja rocks back and steers it through backward point. The third man is quite square and it goes straight to the fielder. A single to end a 9-run over. 32 needed off 18 balls.
16.6PKrishna to RJadeja
Wide! Back of a length delivery down the leg side, Jadeja tries to help it around but misses.
16.5PKrishna to RJadeja
FOUR! Mid off is inside the circle and Jadeja goes straight. Receives a length ball in his half and has bludgeoned it past his partner at the other end for a cracking boundary.
16.4PKrishna to RJadeja
Aerial but safe! A seam up delivery from Prasidh this time, on a length and outside off, Jadeja throws his bat at it and it goes off top edge. Falls safely in the deep at the cover region for a couple.
16.3PKrishna to RJadeja
Slower delivery. It's on a length and outside off, just inside the tram line, Jadeja swishes and misses.
16.2PKrishna to RJadeja
Excellent delivery, on a length and around middle and leg, Jadeja moves back and keeps it out towards covers. Raina eyes a run but returns immediately as the cover fielder attacks the ball.
16.1PKrishna to SRaina
HALF CENTURY! Shortish and on leg, Raina jumps on his back foot and glances it through square leg for a run. 36th fifty for him in this League, first this season. He has a big job now to take his team home, 40 needed off 23 balls.
Prasidh Krishna has been brought back on for his final over.
15.6SNarine to RJadeja
Shortish and outside off, Jadeja plays it out to backward point and looks for a run but is sent back. Top class over, a run and a wicket from it!
15.5SNarine to RJadeja
Tossed up ball on off, defended from the front foot to the off side.
Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman.
15.4SNarine to MSDhoni
OUT! It's hitting leg and the impact is also in line. Dhoni will have to go and this is a massive moment in this match. Narine has hunted down the prized scalp. A well-disguised off spinner, pitching full on off and turning back in. Dhoni stretches forward to meet the ball but it spins back in to beat his bat and rap him on the pads. They appeal and the umpire raises his finger after thinking for a while. MS takes the DRS hesitantly but to no use. The crowd has found its voice back. 41 needed off 26 balls.
MS Dhoni is given out lbw! He sees back to check whether it hit him in the line and then hesitantly goes for the referral. This one looks close. Gone to me, let's see...
15.3SNarine to MSDhoni
Loopy off spinner, landing on middle and spinning down, Dhoni tries to flick but misses.
15.2SNarine to SRaina
Goes down on one knee, fetches a full ball from outside off and slog sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
15.1SNarine to SRaina
Flighted and full ball on middle, Raina defends it back calmly.
MS Dhoni is feeling some discomfort in his back. The physio is on the field, giving him a gentle massage in that region. Slight halt in play due to that. 42 needed off 30 balls as Suresh Raina gets ready to take the strike. Sunil Narine is also brought back into the attack. Crucial period.
14.6HGurney to MSDhoni
Full on off, Dhoni pushes it towards the cover region. Two runs taken.
14.5HGurney to SRaina
A length delivery on off, Raina hits it straight past the bowler. Harry in his breakthrough takes his left hand out in attempt to stop the ball and run Dhoni out. But fails to collect the ball. Single taken.
14.4HGurney to SRaina
FOUR! A great wrist work by Raina. Full on leg, this is poor thinking from Gurney as fine leg is inside the circle and he bowls this on leg. Raina well aware of the fielding position flicks it with ease towards the fine leg region for a boundary.
14.3HGurney to SRaina
A full delivery on leg, Raina flicks it towards the mid-wicket region for a double.
14.2HGurney to MSDhoni
Another slower one from Gurney, on leg. Dhoni wrists it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
14.1HGurney to SRaina
A slower delivery by Gurney at a speed of 101 kmph. Short in length pitching on off, Raina waits for it and then pulls it wide long on for a single.