Tue, 28 April 2015
LIVE IPL: Ashwin, Bravo help Chennai edge past Kolkata

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23:44   Ashwin, Bravo help Chennai edge past Kolkata

Kolkata 132-9 (20 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Bravo to bowl the final over. The first ball is a slower ball outside the off-stump as ten Doeschate slaps it through the off-side but turns down a single to sweeper cover.

The next ball is again slower and a bit fuller as Tendo misses the big swing across the line.

The third ball is again slower as ten Doeschate comes down but misses yet again.

Ten Doeschate finally gets one away as he swings it over midwicket for a six. KKR still in the game with 11 needed from 2 balls for victory.

He comes down the track to the next ball and slaps it past point for a four to leave it seven needed from the last ball.

The last ball is full as ten Doeschate hammers it through the covers for a four but can't prevent KKR from going down by two runs.

14 runs from the final over spoil Bravo's figures slightly as he finishes with three for 22 in three overs.

Ashwin was unable to complete his spell because of injury but registered impressive figures of two for five in two overs, while pacers Pandey, Nehra and Mohit picked up a wicket each.
23:35   Bravo triggers collapse, Chennai close in on victory

Kolkata 118-9 (19 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Nehra to bowl the 19th over with 30 needed from two overs for victory. Ten Doeschate swings a full toss over midwicket for a four for the first boundary after a long wait of 69 balls.

The next ball is perfectly in the slot as Ten Doeschate heaves it over midwicket for a six.

Nehra switches to round the wicket and bowls a full toss which ten Doeschate drives down the ground for one after a couple of misunderstandings with his partner Yadav.

That single proves to be crucial as Nehra dismisses Yadav off the next ball, foxing him with the slower ball as he plays all over it attempting a huge swing.

Lastman Brad Hogg drives the last ball through the covers for a couple which ensures ten Doeschate will be on strike for the last over.

KKR need 17 runs from the last over for victory with just one wicket in hand.
23:29   Bravo triggers collapse, Chennai in control

Kolkata 105-8 (18 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Pat Cummins in no mood to hang around as he holes out the first ball from Bravo to Jadeja at deep midwicket to fall for a duck.

Ten Doeschate gets two runs from the next ball on the leg side and then takes a leg bye.

11 overs since the last boundary was hit and KKR's batsmen continue to struggle to get the runs.

Piyush Chawla makes room and has a wild swing but is beaten by the change of pace. He comes down the track to the next ball but ends up lobbing a high catch and is caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni for a duck.

Bravo has been simply superb, both on the field and with the ball, having taken an outstanding catch while taking three for eight in two overs.
23:21   Russell run out for 4, Chennai in control

Kolkata 101-6 (17 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Veteran Nehra comes back and he would keen to make up for the runs he gave in his first spell.

He sticks to a good length and only four singles from the first four balls before the pressure pays off.

Ten Doeschate turns it behind square on the leg side as Russell comes back for the second and is sent back halfway down the track but can't make his crease and is run out for four.

Russell is run out for four as KKR are reduced to 101 for six in 17 overs, with 34 needed from three overs for victory.
23:15   Pathan out for 13 as Kolkata continue to struggle

Kolkata 95-5 (16 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Dhoni calls in death overs specialist Dwayne Bravo to bowl the 16th over, while the crowd break into a cheer as Ashwin returns to the dugout after some treatment and looks keen to have a bowl as he plays with the ball.

Bravo strikes in his very first over as Pathan drags one back on to his stumps attempting to play the pull shot and is dismissed after a struggling knock of 13 from 18 balls.

The big hitting Andre Russell will hold the key here. He gets off the mark with a single and ten Doeschate does the same off the next followed by two more singles.

Kolkata 90-4 (15 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Ten Doeschate feeling the pressure after a few dot balls from Raina and looks to slam it through the leg side but McCullum for a change drops one at midwicket.

He gets off strike with a single from the next ball and Raina gifts KKR a wide, down the leg side.

Pathan drives the last ball for one to take the score to 84 for four in 14 overs, with 51 needed from six overs for victory.

Mohit continues to mix his pace and keep the batsmen guessing. Ten Doeschate struggling to get going and Pathan is also keen to concentrate on singles at the moment.

Mohit concedes six in his third over as KKR reach 90 for four in 15 overs, with 45 needed from five overs for victory at an asking rate of nine runs per over.
22:57   Yadav out for 16, Chennai Super Kings on top

Kolkata 80-4 (13 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Jadeja continues to build the pressure with a succession of dot balls to Yadav, who seems to play out the left-armer.

Following five dot balls, he sweeps the last ball and avoids the maiden with a single from the last ball.

Yadav drives the first ball from Raina through the covers as Ashwin half stops it but also ends up injuring his fingers and has go to off for treatment as KKR get a couple of runs.

Three more singles from the rest of the over as five come from it but still no boundary for KKR in the last few overs. The last boundary came in the seventh over and five overs have passed since then with a four or a six.

Mohit comes back and he strikes with the wicket of Yadav, who is brilliantly caught by Bravo at long-on, who dives forward to complete a stunning catch.

Yadav mishit the pull shot off a short ball as Bravo came rushing in from the long-on boundary and did well to avoid colliding with Faf and also showed great athleticism to lunge forward and complete an unbelievable one-handed catch.

Yadav walks back for 16 as KKR are reduced to 76 for four in the 13th over.

Pathan with a big responsibility on his shoulders as he collects a quiet single before Ryan ten Doeschate gets off the mark with one courtesy of a misfield.
22:44   Ashwin's double strike lifts Chennai Super Kings

Kolkata 70-3 (10 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

The spinners rushing their overs now as Jadeja concedes three in his second over.

Ashwin is taken off after an excellent spell of two for five in two overs and he makes way for part-timer Suresh Raina.

Even Raina is doing a good job with the ball, giving away just three as KKR reach 70 for three in 10 overs, with 65 needed from the remaining 10 overs for victory.
22:35   Ashwin's double strike lifts Chennai

Kolkata 64-3 (8 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Ashwin strikes again with the first ball, of his second over. Pandey goes for the slog sweep but ends up hitting it straight into the hands of Bravo at deep midwicket to fall for 15 from 20 balls.

A poor shot under the circumstances from Pandey as he attempted the big hit on the leg side despite a fielder being placed in the deep.

A fielder in slip and one at leg slip as Chennai look to attack with their spinners and claim a few more wickets.

Yusuf Pathan defends the first couple of deliveries before he plays the sweep to get off the mark with two runs from the last ball.
22:32   Uthappa dismissed for 39, KKR lose 2nd wicket

Kolkata 61-2 (7 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Dhoni introduces spin in the form of Ashwin and the off-spinner strikes with his very first delivery.

The right-hander, who stroked a quickfire 39 from 17 balls, is caught by McCullum at midwicket.

That was smashed on the leg side but McCullum managed to hold on to a sharp chance at midwicket, who barely had time to react.

Surya Kumar Yadav gets off the mark with a single before Yadav is nearly done in by one that turns in sharply and he is lucky to have been struck outside the line of off-stump.

A good start from Ashwin, taking the key wicket of Uthappa, while conceding just two runs.

Spin from both ends Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. Pandey plays an uppish drive which goes in the air to the left of Jadeja, who does not have time to react on his follow through.

Yadav edges the fifth ball which goes wide of Raina at first slip and goes for a four as Jadeja concedes seven in his first over.

Kolkata 52-1 (5 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Change of ends for Nehra, who takes over from Pandey, who bowled two overs for 18 runs.

Just a single from three balls before Uthappa lofts the fourth over straight down the ground for a four.

Pandey edges the last ball but it goes through the gap between the wicketkeeper and the wide first slip without anyone going for it as it goes for a four.

The flow of runs and boundaries continue for KKR, who have raced to 52 for one in five overs.

The duo have brought up their 50-run partnership from 29 balls to put KKR in control.
22:18   Uthappa's attack rallies KKR after early wicket

Kolkata 42-1 (4 ovs) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Veteran Ashish Nehra to bowl the second over. Uthappa drives the second ball through the covers for two to get off the mark and hits the second ball through the same region as McCullum makes a sensational diving stop near the ropes to save some runs.

A short ball is pulled confidently over square leg for a four as 10 runs come from Nehra's first over.

Uthappa looks in good touch right from the start. A full delivery on the pads is flicked uppishly over midwicket and it carries all the way for a six.

Two balls later he lofts it in the same region for a four and then bowls a leg side wide as 12 come from his first four balls.

Mohit Sharma comes into the attack after just one for Nehra with the new ball in which he went for 10 runs.

Uthappa slams the first ball through the leg side for a four and lifts the next ball square for the same result.

The third ball is helped round the corner, lifted over the fine leg region to make it a hat-trick of boundaries.

Two singles from the rest of the over make it 14 runs from Mohit's first over as KKR race to 42 for one in four overs.

Uthappa has smashed 34 from 14 balls, while Pandey is seven from nine balls.
22:03   Gambhir out for a duck after Chennai post 134

Kolkata 5-1 (1 ov) vs Chennai 134-6 | Scorecard

Ishwar Pandey to bowl the first over for Chennai Super Kings. Robin Uthappa gets off the mark with a single from the very first delivery on the off-side.

Pandey strikes with the key wicket of KKR captain Gambhir from the next ball, who pokes at one outside the off-stump and moving away, only to edge it behind to wicketkeeper to fall for a duck.

Manish Pandey gets off the mark with a four through the covers as Ishwar slight errs with his line as five come from the first over.
21:45   Kolkata's bowlers restrict Chennai to 134

Chennai 134-6 (20 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Du Plessis makes room but Hogg operating from round the wicket bowls it wide and the right-hander can only get a single and Jadeja takes one from the next ball.

Du Plessis is beaten by one as he has a wild swing before he takes one down the ground.

Jadeja comes down the wicket but is beaten all ends up and is bowled after a poor innings of 15 from 20 balls.

The last ball is outside the off-stump and turns away as new batsman Ravichandran Ashwin plays down the wrong line and is beaten.

Superb bowling from the old man in his first match in IPL as he finishes with excellent figures of one for 18 in four overs.

Yadav to bowl the final over of the innings. The first ball is short but a bit slower as du Plessis is early into the pull and is struck on the chest as he immediately backs off and is clearly in some pain.

The next ball is again slower as du Plessis misses the fine scoop on the leg side before he takes a single.

Ashwin flicks the fourth ball square on the leg side for a four before he nudges the next ball, a full toss on the pads, fine on the leg side for another boundary.

But he gets only a single from the last ball as Chennai finish on 134 for six in their 20 overs.

Du Plessis was not able to get going in the final few overs and finished on 29 from as many balls, while Ashwin hit nine from four balls.

The wicket was a bit slow and also offered some turn to the spinners as Chennai's batsmen never really got the measure of the wicket. Infact, they struggled in the death overs, scoring 35 runs from the last five while losing one wicket.

Kolkata would be happy that Hogg made an impact straightaway in his first match of the tournament, while Cummins and Russell troubled the CSK batsmen with their extra pace.
21:33   Chennai struggle after top order batsmen fail

Chennai 121-5 (18 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

The experienced Hogg comes back for his second spell. The first ball is short but Jadeja pulls it deep midwicket for a single but Faf splits the gap perfectly on the leg side off the next for a four, the first after a long wait of 26 balls.

Hogg preferring to keep it a bit short than full not allowing the batsmen to play the lofted shots down the ground. Four singles from the remaining four deliveries makes it nine runs from the over.

Cummins keeps up the pressure with a tidy over, giving away just six, to complete his spell with good figures of four runs for 25 overs.

Just 33 runs scored from the last five overs as Chennai struggle to 121 for five in 18 overs with Faf on 26 from 23 balls and Jadeja on 14 from 18 balls.

Chennai 106-5 (16 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Pacer Cummins comes back as new batsman Ravindra Jadeja pulls the second ball through midwicket for two runs to get off the mark. He is beaten off the next delivery before he takes a single and du Plessis also gets one as just four runs come from the over.

Chawla ends his spell with another tidy over, conceding just seven as he finishes with good figures of two for 26 in four overs.

Russell is back as Faf turns the first ball on the leg side for two runs to bring up Chennai's 100, in the 16th over.

Jadeja is struck bang on the helmet by a quick short delivery from the West Indian as he looks to play the pull shot but is way too late. He tries the same shot off the next ball but gets a top edge which goes fine on the off-side for two runs.

The last ball is full as Jadeja lofts it down the ground but it goes on the bounce to long-on for a single.

Chennai are 106 for five in 16 overs and need a few big overs at the end to post a healthy total.
21:07   Bravo falls for 5 as Chennai continue to slip

Chennai 88-5 (13 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Hogg is taken off after two superb overs in his first spell, perhaps KKR keeping him for the end.

Chawla comes back and he continues to dry up the boundaries conceding just six runs in his second over.

Meanwhile, Russell leaves Chennai in trouble with the big wicket of captain Dhoni, who looks to pull a short ball but gets a glove and is caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Uthappa.

Dhoni walks back for three as Chennai slip to 81 for four in the 12th over.

It gets worse for the hosts in the next over as Dwayne Bravo throws his wicket away, lofting Chawla straight into the hands of Surya Kumar Yadav at long-off.

Chennai in big trouble at 88 for five in 13 overs with Faf unbeaten on 10 from 11 balls.
20:55   Raina out for 17 as Chennai stumble after a good start

Chennai 73-3 (10 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Hogg has settled into a good rhythm right from the start. Three singles from the first three balls in his second run before Raina looks to steal a risky single but his partner Smith is caught short by a direct hit from Pathan at short thirdman to fall for 25.

Just four runs from Hogg's second over, who has conceded just six runs in two overs to create some pressure.

Russell gets the key wicket of Raina in the next over as the left-hander edges it to wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa trying to steer it to thirdman. He is dismissed for 17 from 21 balls as Chennai stumble after a good start.

Two new batsmen out in the middle for Chennai but Faf du Plessis and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have enough experience to steer their team to a healthy total.

Just 20 runs scored in the last four overs for the loss of two wickets as Chennai reach 73 for two in 10 overs.
20:40   Chennai off to a good start vs Kolkata

Chennai 61-1 (8 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

44-year-old Brad Hogg, the oldest player to feature in the IPL, comes into the attack in his first game for KKR.

Smith drives the first ball on the leg side for a single but Raina can only defend the next four balls and takes a single from the last ball to retain strike.

All-rounder Andre Russell comes into the attack. Raina takes a quick single on the off-side as the fielder fails to gather the ball and Smith gets one from the next ball.

Raina makes room and lofts the last ball over the covers for a boundary as Chennai reach 61 for one in eight overs.

Chennai 53-1 (6 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Smith pulls a short ball from Yadav but does not get enough power and gets just a single to square leg.

Raina slashes a short wide delivery over the point region for a four before Yadav adjusts his length and keeps it full forcing the left-hander to defend.

Despite the wicket of McCullum, Chennai have done well in the Powerplay to race to 53 for one in six overs with Smith on 21 from 15 balls and Raina on 10 from seven balls.
20:25   McCullum out for 19, Chennai lose 1st wicket

Chennai 48-1 (5 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Yadav getting the ball to move a bit as Smith by the inswinging delivery which strikes him on the pads but he survives the LBW appeal.

Smith looks to hit himself out of trouble as he looks to play the pull shot but gets a top edge which goes behind the wickets for a six. The next ball is full but slipping down the leg side as Smith helps it fine for a four. He then looks to drive one outside the off-stump but gets an edge which falls short of the fielder at first slip who is unable to stop and gives away a boundary as 15 runs come from the over.

Kolkata introduce spin as leg-spinner Piyush Chawla comes into the attack. McCullum drives the first ball to the covers before he chips down the track and lofts the second over the bowler's head for a four.

But the bowler gets revenge from the fourth ball as he deceives McCullum with the googly and traps him leg before wicket for 19.

Suresh Raina takes no time to get going as he sweeps the last ball over the fine leg region for a six as Chennai reach 48 for one in five overs.
20:17   McCullum, Smith give Chennai a flying start

Chennai 23-0 (3 ovs) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Umesh Yadav to bowl the second over. He starts with a short ball outside the off-stump which Brendon McCullum looks to steer over the slips but gets it a bit square as Yusuf Pathan on the thirdman fence runs to his left and is unable to stop the boundary.

He comes down the track to the fifth delivery but can't get it away before he smashes the last ball for a single to mid-off.

McCullum runs down the wicket to Cummins, makes a bit of room and lofts the third ball back over the bowler's head for a straight six. The last ball is on the pads as the Kiwi opener flicks it past the vacant fine leg region for a four to get 12 runs from the over as Chennai race to 23 for no loss in three overs.

Chennai 4-0 (1 ov) vs Kolkata | Scorecard

Pat Cummins to open the bowling for Kolkata. Dwayne Smith on strike as he has a wild swing at the third ball but gets a thick outside edge which flies over the slips for a four. He is beaten off the next ball as Cummins gets it to move away slightly and the appeal for LBW off the last delivery is turned down with the ball looking to slide down the leg side.
19:57   Narine dropped as Kolkata elect to bowl vs Chennai
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has won the toss and elected to bowl against Chennai Super Kings.

The big news is that mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been dropped and replaced by 44-year-old Australian spinner Brad Hogg. The West Indian was yet again reported for suspect illegal bowling action by the on-field umpires during Kolkata Knight Riders' away IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 22.

The defending champions made another two changes to their team from the last match as Pat Cummins came in for Morne Morkel, while Ryan ten Doeschate replaced Johan Botha.

Meanwhile, hosts Chennai are fielding an unchanged team.
19:54   Champions Kolkata face tough Chennai challenge
Welcome to the coverage of 28th match of the Indian Premier League between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai, on Tuesday.

Enduring an erratic campaign so far, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders face a stiff challenge when they take on the smooth-sailing Chennai Super Kings.

KKR are currently placed third on the points table with three wins, two losses and one abandoned match. CSK, on the other hand, have lost only one game in six outings and are steady on the second position.

In the head-to-head count CSK lead the race in 14 games with nine wins and five losses against the Kolkata-based outfit.

CSK also enjoy the home advantage after winning 4 games out of the 6 that have happened between the two teams at Chepauk.

The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side, dominating on home turf, is coming off a massive win over Kings XI Punjab in which they thrashed the team by 97 runs.

If the big names in Chennai's batting order, like Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Dhoni, has come good in trying times then the bowling has also risen to the challenge.

Led by Ashish Nehra and Ishwar Pandey, CSK's bowling arsenal has looked well equipped and delivered whenever required.

Even left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, whose non-performance was under the scanner came good in the previous game to pick three wickets against Kings XI wickets and break the opposition back.

KKR, meanwhile, cooled their heels inside the dugout after rain forced abandonment of their clash against table-toppers Rajasthan Royals.

And before the abandoned game, KKR had lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad, a game in which the team's batting frailties were thoroughly exposed by a struggling side fighting to stay afloat.

In fact, all their wins have come against teams which have turned out to be laggards of this season.

If the batting, led by Gautam Gambhir, has been inconsistent, then bowling attack has been a bit patchy and a cause of concern.

Just when it looked that star off-spinner Sunil Narine was getting adjusted to his re-modelled action, the West Indian was called for chucking again by the on-field umpires during the team's away match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 22.