Dwayne Bravo‘s last-ball six helped Team Chennai Super Kings record a dramatic five-wicket win over Team Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Monday night.
The win also kept their hopes alive for a playoff berth. After their dominating show against table-topper Team Delhi in their last match, Chennai Super Kings spinners did well to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 158 for 6 after skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field.
Chennai openers Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay gave them a strong start before Kolkata Knight Riders‘s main weapon Sunil Narine brought the team back into the match picking up both the openers in his third over. Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis too fell quickly before MS Dhoni decided to take charge.
MS Dhoni virtually finished off the tie in the 19th over when he hit Marchant de Lange, who replaced Brett Lee in the side, for one six and two fours to take his side nearer home. But he fell in the last over before Bravo sealed the issue for them.
Chennai’s third win on the trot put a question mark on Kolkata’s chances of progressing as both the sides are at par with 17 points.
However, with Bangalore, Jaipur and Mohali still in with a chance, the fight for top four finish can very well go to the wire now. While Chennai still need to win their last match against Mohali on Thursday, Kolkata too need to win at least one of their last two matches to stay afloat in the tournament.
It was yet another case of Team Kolkata making a cracking start only to fizzle out in the end.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir again led from the front, using his feet well against the spinners to hit three huge sixes and some delightful boundaries.
Brendon McCullum gave his skipper good company as Team Kolkata raced to 50 without loss in the first six overs of Powerplay. However, both enjoyed a life each. McCullum fell to a treibble mix-up while Gambhir departed soon after for a well-made 62 off 43 balls.
Chennai came back strongly as Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary failed to carry on the momentum.
Yusuf Pathan, once again, failed to fire and it was some late flourish by two Bengal players, Debabrata Das and LR Shukla, which helped Kolkata cross the 150-run mark, but they still fell short by some 15-20 runs in the end.