Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a nail biting finish as Knight Riders recovered from an embarrassing 21/4 and made a match out of almost a certain loss in the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 encounter at Hyderabad on Wednesday. The Knight Riders were down and out at the 9 over mark when they were 51/5, but Andre Russell and Ryan Ten Doeschate played some extraordinary cricket and took their team to victory. Check the Points Table of the Group Stage of Champions League T20 2014 (CLT20)
Defending a total of 157, Chennai got of to an extra ordeinary start as Ashish Nehra had Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey dismissed of consecutive deliveries. If this was not enough to provide a set back to the Knight Riders, Mohit Sharma picked up the wicket of Yusuf Pathan in the next over, making it 10/3 after 3.1 overs. Nehra soon picked up his 3rd wicket as he picked up the wicket of the struggling Manvinder Bisla in the 5th over.
It was only after Ryan Ten Doeschate joined hands with Surya Kumar Yadav that the fall of wickets stopped as the duo added 30 runs for the 5th wicket. Just when it looked like that these two batsmen would bring some solidity in the batting of the Knight Riders, MS Dhoni introduced spin into the attack and Ravindra Jadeja accounted for Surya Kumar Yadav in his very first over on the score of 19.
After that Andre Russel joined hands with Ten Doeschate and both these players decided to take on the bowlers of the Superkings. First Andre Russell struck Jadeja for 17 runs in the 11th over and then Ten Doeschate hit Ashwin for a six in his very first over. He two batsmen took the score par 100 runs in just the 14th over, an event in the game that looked highly improbable just 9 overs earlier.
The duo added 50 runs in just 32 deliveries. Andre Russel in particular caught the bull by its horns as he brought up his 50 in just 22 deliveries with the help of 2 boundaries and 5 sixes. He brought up his 50 with consecutive sixes of the bowling of Mohit Sharma in the 16th over, an over that accounted for 18 runs, reducing the equation to 32 runs of 24 deliveries.
MS Dhoni though once again played his master stroke as he introduced Ashish Nehra in the attack in the 17th over. Nehra picked up the all important wicket of Andre Russell in this over. Russell scored 58 runs of just 25 deliveries, an innings that changed the whole course of the match. The pressure though was relieved on the very next delivery whenNehra bowled an wide delivery down the leg side, a ball that Dhoni failed to collect and the result was 5 extras. The over accounted for 14 runs and the equation was reduced to18 runs of 18 deliveries.
Ten Doeschate along worth Pat Cummins took charge of proceedings from here as they managed to chase down the total with some batting and aggressive running between the wickets. They picked up 8 runs from the 18th over and made sure that they don’t put too much pressure on themselves in the dieing stages of the game. Ten Doeschate smacked Ashwin for a six in the 19th over stealing the game for his team in this match.
Although Cummins was run out the very next delivery, the result was a mere speculation as the Knight riders needed just 3 from 7 deliveries, the honors of which was taken by Piyush chawla who hit the last ball of the 19th over for a boundary and the victory. Ryan Ten Doeschate remained not out on 51, a sure shot match winning innings by the Dutch international.
Earlier, the Chennai Superkings had scored 157 runs for the loss of 4 wickets thanks mainly to the hard hitting of Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni at the tail end of the innings. They recovered Chennai from 86/4 in the 14th over to the score of 150+ owing to their amazing strokeplay and powerhitting.
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