April 14th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on IPL-3 : CHENNAI BEAT KOLKATTA
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Kolkatta Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadiium Chennai on Tuesday. Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkatta Knight Riders by nine wickets thanks to the superb bowling performance by R Ashwin who had taken the new ball and wrecked the top batting order of Kolkatta Knight Riders. Ashwin led the attack and took 2 wickets in an over and Kolkatta were wrapped up for 139 for 8 in the alotted 20 overs. 

Chennai Super Kings are a confident lot and are in the hunt for a semi-final place. They beat Kolkatta with more than six overs to spare. Kolkatta were 11 for no loss when Gayle was stumped in trying to loft a six. McCullum was later caught at fine leg off . 

Kolkatta were 17 for 3 and within moments became 19 for 4. Hussey went forward to play Ashwin and Dhoni did the rest in a flash of a second. Hussey could not get his back foot in time inside the crease. 

Ashwin was denied of the hat-trick by Simon Taufel when the ball ricoched from Angelow Mathew’s gloves and was caught at backward point. Ashwin and other fielders appealed the catch, but in vain.  Ashwin’s bowling had set up the win for Chennai. 

When Kolkatta were 22 for 4 then Ashwin’s figures read an impressive 3 wickets for 16 runs. Mathews and Manoj Tewary then steadied the Kolkatta innings with a partnership of 73 runs but the damage done by Ashwin earlier appeared to be beyond repair. Mathews got out in the last over and hit two sixes, both off Muralitharan, and two fours in his innings. 

Tewary miscued a shot off Raina and was caught at long on and Jakati was stumped by Dhoni. Kolkatta could manage a dismal total of 139 for 8 only. 

Kolkata’s misery was further aggravated by Dough Bollinger (2/15) who had also trapped Ganguly for 10 runs. 

In reply thereto CSK lost the wicket of Mathew Hayden (0) in the first over but Raina’s superb knock comprising of 3 sixes and 11 fours did not allow Kolkatta to look back. Raina scored 78 runs off 39 deliveries with 3 sixes and 11 fours and also hit the victory runs when he slammed a six off Abdullah. 

Raina treated every Kolkattta bowler with contempt and Chennai had scored 67 runs in six over, i.e. the power play session. He got his half century in 24 balls comprising of 10 boundaries. 

Murali Vijay played an unbeaten 50-run knock and gave adequaate support to Raina in building an unbeaten 137-run partnership for the second wicket. At the end of the 20 overs they were 143 for 1 in reply to 138 for 9 scored by Kolkatta.

The Man of the match was awarded to Ravichandran Ashwin.

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