Back with a bang with a thrilling win over Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener ,Chennai Super Kings chased down a daunting 203 to win over Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets in the IPL duel at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.
Innovated and created by Sam Billings,Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja delivered the final blows.
The seasoned Vinay Kumar’s first delivery off the final over — CSK needed 17 from the last six balls — a no-ball for height was swung by Bravo for a six.
The home side was home with a delivery remaining after Jadeja blasted Vinay over wide long-on.
The adventurous Billings, with a blazing 56 off just 23 deliveries, emerged the hero in his first game for the host. He picked gaps on the on-side and powered the ball over covers.
Knight Riders would rue the lapse when Robin Uthappa put Billings down at wide mid-off; the batsman was on nine then.
Billings then raised hopes in the CSK camp with several shots, including a scooped six off Andre Russell followed by a straight hit. The shouts of “CSK, CSK” were back.
M.S. Dhoni wristed Kuldeep Yadav for a rousing six over mid-wicket, rotated the strike and ran hard between the wickets.
CSK had raced away at the start, with the big Shane Watson biffing the ball over the ropes and the little Ambati Rayudu punching above his weight.
The PowerPlay fetched the host a whopping 75 runs. Dinesh Karthik held back Sunil Narine and Kuldeep, and runs dried up once the two came on. However, CSK had the final say.