As it happened! Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders- CLT20 Final

first_imgChennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to field first against Kolkata Knight RidersWelcome to the coverage of the Champions League Twenty20 Final between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders from the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.Scorecard | Match Photos Chennai Super Kings made a mockery of 180-run total and notched up the target with eight wickets in hand against disappointing Kolkata Knight Riders. Team-mates rush to the pitch to hug their heroes! As has been the case so many times, Dhoni hits the winning runs. So a comprehensive victory for Chennai in the end! A terrific knock from Raina sees them through. 181 wasn’t an easy target on this pitch, but Raina made it look so simple with a stunning innings. The fact that some of his sixes went in the V-zone tells that he played with as straight bat. The fireworks go berserk at Bangalore and the Kolkata players shake hands with their opponents! By the way, Chennai have ended Kolkata’s 14-match winning streak in T20s. It’s also their 11th successful 180+ run-chase in T20s.WHAT A WIN for Chennai Super Kings!! 18.3 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni stands tall and smashes it for another maximum. Dhoni FINISHES IT OFF IN STYLE!!18.1 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni flays the helicopter shot and sends it over long-on for the maximum. With Suresh Raina(109) and MS Dhoni(11) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 173/2 after 18 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!17.6 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina rocks back and slogs it over deep midwicket for the maximum. That’s 8th SIX for Raina today!! advertisement17.1 overs: Suresh Raina gets forward and flicks it towards midwicket for a single. That’s 3rd T20 HUNDRED for Raina!!With Suresh Raina(99) and MS Dhoni(9) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 161/2 after 17 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!16.5 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina picks the slower delivery early and clips it past short fine leg for a boundary. 16.2 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni slashes hard and gets an outside edge towards third man for a boundary. It’s NOT WORKING OUT for Kolkata at the moment!! Pat Cummins comes back into the attack for Kolkata. Gambhir NEEDS A WICKET here!! With Suresh Raina(88) and MS Dhoni(3) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 140/2 after 15 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!14.4 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina gets down the track and hoicks it back over the bowler’s head for the maximum. That’s SEVENTH SIX for Raina today!! With Suresh Raina(80) and MS Dhoni(2) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 131/2 after 14 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!MS Dhoni comes to the crease for Chennai.FINALLY A BREAKTHROUGH for Kolkata!!13.1 overs: OUT!! Yusuf Pathan has got Brendon McCullum out caught at deep midwicket. McCullum goes across the line and sends it straight down the throat of Ryan ten Doeschate who doesn’t drop those. Brendon McCullum departs after scoring 39 runs off 30 balls with four boundaries and a six.With Suresh Raina(78) and Brendon McCullum(39) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 127/1 after 13 overs.SIXTEEN RUNS off the over!!12.5 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina uses his feet and sends it over deep cover for another maximum. Raina is playing a GEM OF AN INNINGS here!! 12.1 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina shimmies down the track and sends it deep into the stands over long-off for the maximum. Raina, YOU BEAUTY!! With Suresh Raina(65) and Brendon McCullum(36) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 111/1 after 12 overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!11.5 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina goes deep in the crease and crashes the cut past point for another boundary. That brings up the 100-RUN PARTNERSHIP between these two!!11.4 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina gets forward and sends it back over the bowler for a boundary. GREAT PRESENCE OF MIND from Raina!! With Suresh Raina(55) and Brendon McCullum(35) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 100/1 after 11 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!10.6 overs: SIX!! Brendon McCullum gets into position early and tonks it over deep midwicket for the maximum. Cummins TRIES TO CATCH it but fails to save the runs!!Yusuf Pathan comes into the attack for Kolkata. KKR DESPERATELY NEED A WICKET here!! With Suresh Raina(52) and Brendon McCullum(28) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 90/1 after 10 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!9.2 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina gets forward and thumps it inside-out for a boundary. That’s 32nd FIFTY for Raina!! With Suresh Raina(46) and Brendon McCullum(27) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 83/1 after nine overs.advertisementFOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!8.6 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina dances down the wicket and smacks it straight down the ground for the maximum. Raina is the DANGER MAN for Kolkata!!8.2 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum goes on the backfoot and slaps it towards deep midwicket for a boundary. With Suresh Raina(37) and Brendon McCullum(23) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 69/1 after eight overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Suryakumar Yadav comes into the attack for Kolkata. With Suresh Raina(35) and Brendon McCullum(22) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 66/1 after seven overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!Kuldeep Yadav will continue from the other end for Kolkata. With Suresh Raina(31) and Brendon McCullum(20) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 60/1 after six overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!5.6 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina goes deep in the crease and scoops it over fine leg for another maximum. CLEVER CRICKET from Raina!!5.3 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina skips down the track and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. Raina is LOOKING GOOD for Chennai!! Piyush Chawla comes into the attack for Kolkata.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!4.2 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum slaps it towards deep square leg where Suryakumar Yadav lets it through his legs for another boundary. POOR EFFORT from Suryakumar!!4.1 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum hangs back and flays the pull shot towards deep midwicket for a boundary.First change, Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack for Kolkata.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!3.1 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina makes room and hoicks it over covers for the maximum. LUSTY BLOW from Raina!!SEVEN RUNS off the over!!2.1 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina leans forward and drills it through extra cover for a boundary.SIX RUNS off the over!!1.6 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum waits for it and flicks it behind square for a boundary.Andre Russell will bowl from the other end for Kolkata.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!0.6 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina goes for the drive and gets an inside edge past the stumps for a boundary. Raina was REALLY LUCKY there!!Suresh Raina comes to the crease for Chennai.0.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Pat Cummins has bowled Dwayne Smith on a slower yorker. Smith was lining up for the big shot but gets a bottom edge that crashes onto the stumps. Dwayne Smith departs after scoring eight runs off five balls with two boundaries. EARLY BLOW for Chennai!!0.4 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Smith gets underneath it and hoicks it over covers for another boundary.0.2 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Smith hangs back and flays the ferocious cut behind backward point for a boundary.Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum are out in the middle for Chennai Super Kings while Pat Cummins will start the proceedings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata Knight Riders scored 180 runs at the loss of six wickets after batting first against Chennai Super Kings at Bangalore. Much of the edifice was built by the 91-run opening union between Gambhir and Uthappa. Negi had the latter stumped, but the Kolkata skipper marched to a 52-ball 80. Negi kept chipping away at the wickets, but the cameos from Pandey and Yusuf ensured that Kolkata reached a healthy total. The dew factor made its presence felt in the latter half of the innings. Ashish Nehra bore the brunt of it, leaking 54 runs in his 4 overs. Can Chennai gun down the target to seal their 2nd CLT20 title? That’s the END OF INNINGS for Kolkata!!advertisementNINETEEN RUNS off the over!!19.6 overs: Andre Russell slogs it towards deep midwicket and steals a couple.19.3 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan gets underneath it and sends it sailing over the cow corner for the maximum. Pathan is ON FIRE here!!19.2 overs: FOUR!! Yusuf Pathan swivels across and clips it past short fine leg for another boundary.19.1 overs: FOUR!! Yusuf Pathan squeezes the yorker out and sends it towards deep square leg for a bounday.Ashish Nehra will bowl the FINAL OVER for Chennai.With Andre Russell(0) and Yusuf Pathan(3) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 161/6 after 19 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Andre Russell comes to the crease for Kolkata.That’s FIVE WICKETS for Pawan Negi!!18.5 overs: OUT!! Pawan Negi has got Suryakumar Yadav out caught at short third man. Yadav employs the reverse-scoop and sends it straight into the hands of Ashish Nehra who takes it comfortably. Suryakumar Yadav departs without scoring a run. Suryakumar Yadav comes to the crease for Kolkata.18.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Pawan Negi has got Ryan ten Doeschate out stumped by the wicket-keeper. Ten Doeschate steps out and gets beaten in the flight while MS Dhoni whips the bails off in a flash to catch him short at the crease. Ryan ten Doeschate departs for a duck.Ryan ten Doeschate comes to the crease for Kolkata.Pawan Negi GETS HIS THIRD WICKET for Chennai!!18.1 overs: OUT!! Pawan Negi has got Manish Pandey out caught at long-on. Pandey was looking to clear long-on but holes out to Brendon McCullum instead. Manish Pandey departs after scoring 32 runs off 19 balls with two boundaries and two sixes. CRUCIAL BLOW for Chennai!! With Manish Pandey(32) and Yusuf Pathan(2) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 159/3 after 18 overs.TWENTY RUNS off the over!!17.3 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey gets another full toss that gets proper treatment over deep midwicket for another maximum. BACK-TO-BACK SIXES for Pandey!!17.2 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey stands tall and smokes it over long-on for the maximum. LUSTY-BLOW from Pandey!!17.1 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey takes it on the full and slices it over backward point for a boundary. Oh dear, it’s a NO BALL as well!! With Manish Pandey(12) and Yusuf Pathan(80) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 136/2 after 17 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Yusuf Pathan comes to the crease for Kolkata.16.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja has got Gautam Gambhir out caught at mid-off. Gambhir was looking for the slog sweep but mistimes it high in the air for Brendon McCullum to take an easy catch. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring 80 runs off 52 balls with seven boundaries and three sixes. MAGNIFICENT INNINGS from Gauti!! With Manish Pandey(12) and Gautam Gambhir(80) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 136/2 after 16 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!15.6 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey picks the slower delivery and steers it towards third man for a boundary. 15.4 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir reaches out and slices it behind backward point for another boundary. Gauti KEEPS THEM COMING for Kolkata!!15.1 overs: SIX!! Gautam Gambhir stands tall and heaves it over square leg for the maximum. Gauti is BREATHING FIRE at the moment!!With Manish Pandey(7) and Gautam Gambhir(68) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 118/2 after 15 overs.Another TIDY OVER from Jadeja, SIX RUNS off it!!Ravindra Jadeja will continue from the other end for Chennai. With Manish Pandey(4) and Gautam Gambhir(65) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 112/2 after 14 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!Dwayne Bravo comes into the attack for Chennai. With Manish Pandey(1) and Gautam Gambhir(62) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 106/2 after 13 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!12.4 overs: SIX!! Gautam Gambhir shimmies down the wicket and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. Faf du Plessis PRODUCES A BRILLIANT EFFORT but couldn’t save the six!!Manish Pandey comes to the crease for Kolkata.Pawan Negi GETS HIS SECOND WICKET for Chennai!!12.1 overs: OUT!! Pawan Negi has got Jacques Kallis out caught at sweeper cover. Kallis gets down the wicket looking to go inside out but sends it straight into the hands of Ashish Nehra who takes it comfortably. Jacques Kallis departs after scoring just one run off four balls. Another BLOW for Kolkata!! With Jacques Kallis(1) and Gautam Gambhir(54) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 97/1 after 12 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!11.2 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir works it past the short fine leg for a boundary. That’s FIFTY for Gauti!!With Jacques Kallis(0) and Gautam Gambhir(49) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 91/1 after 11 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Jacques Kallis comes to the crease for Kolkata.Chennai Super Kings FINALLY GET THE BREAKTHROUGH here!!10.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Pawan Negi has got Robin Uthappa out stumped by the wicket-keeper. Uthappa is lured out of the crease for the big shot but gets beaten with the spin while MS DHoni whips the bails off in a flash to catch him short at the crease. Robin Uthappa departs after scoring 39 runs off 32 balls with four boundaries and a six. With Robin Uthappa(38) and Gautam Gambhir(48) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 89/0 after 10 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!9.2 overs: SIX!! Gautam Gambhir gets underneath it and sends it straight down the throat of Dwayne Bravo who lets it go through his hands for the maximum. That’s GOING TO PROVE COSTLY for Chennai!!Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack for Chennai. With Robin Uthappa(36) and Gautam Gambhir(40) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 79/0 after nine overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!8.6 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa hangs back and guides it past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Robbie there!! With Robin Uthappa(30) and Gautam Gambhir(38) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 70/0 after eight overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!7.4 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir goes deep in the crease and slaps it through midwicket for a boundary. That was TOO SHORT from Negi!! Pawan Negi comes into the attack for Chennai. MSD brigade DESPERATELY NEED A WICKET here!! With Robin Uthappa(27) and Gautam Gambhir(32) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 61/0 after seven overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!6.5 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir waits for it and steers it past the first slip for a boundary. DEFT TOUCH from Gauti!! With Robin Uthappa(26) and Gautam Gambhir(26) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 54/0 after six overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!5.5 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa goes forward and sends it racing through covers for a boundary. Robbie GOES PAST 4000 RUNS IN T20s!! With Robin Uthappa(21) and Gautam Gambhir(24) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 47/0 after five overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!4.6 overs: SIX!! Robin Uthappa gets a big stride forward and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. Robbie CLEARED THE FENCE easily there!! First sign of spin, Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack for Chennai. Why do I feel SOMETHING’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN in this over? With Robin Uthappa(14) and Gautam Gambhir(20) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 36/0 after four overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 3.2 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir hangs back and pulls it with disdain for a boundary. Gambhir is just TOO GOOD on the backfoot!! With Robin Uthappa(14) and Gautam Gambhir(14) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 29/0 after three overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!2.6 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa goes on the backfoot and clouts the pull through midwicket for a boundary. 2.2 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir waits for it and clips it towards fine leg for an easy boundary. POOR LINE from Nehra!! With Robin Uthappa(9) and Gautam Gambhir(9) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 19/0 after two overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!1.4 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir rocks back and clouts the pull towards deep midwicket for a boundary. CAN’T BOWL THERE to Gauti!! 1.1 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa leans forward and sends it scurrying straight down the ground for the first boundary in the innings. That was CLASSY from Robbie!! Mohit Sharma will bowl from the other end for Chennai.FIVE RUNS off the over!! Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir are out in the middle for Kolkata Knight Riders while Ashish Nehra will start the proceedings for Chennai Super Kings.Three out of five World T20 League finals have been won by the team batting first. And don’t forget, this is the same ground on which Chennai had put up an intimidating 242 against the Dolphins. Will they be able to tame Kolkata’s bowling attack tonight in the absence of Narine? Or, will Gautam Gambhir lead his team to their first World T20 League title? Toss and teams coming up in a few minutes.On the other hand, Chennai is a team used to entering the semi-finals on a dramatic note. On most occasions, they have to rely on others in the group to push them through. However, once they reach the semis, it becomes very difficult to stop them. Despite starting off poorly in the semi-final against Punjab, their batsmen amassed an impressive 182. They followed it by cleverly using their bowling resources to destroy Punjab’s batting line-up. Chennai hold a 9-6 advantage over Kolkata in T20s. The last time they reached the final in 2010, they comfortably defeated the Warriors.Whistle Podu? Or, Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re? 17 days and 22 games later the World T20 league has come down to an all-Indian clash between Chennai and Kolkata. What makes the event even more interesting is that, Kolkata’s most influential bowler, Sunil Narine, will not be able to bowl in the final as he has been banned for a suspect bowling action. There is little doubt over the batting ability of Gambhir’s men. They pack an explosive line-up comprising of experienced and hard-hitting batsmen. However, their bowling (which has been largely dependent on Narine so far) will have plenty of soul-searching to do. Also, having played all their group matches in Hyderabad, Kolkata will face a tricky task of getting used to the conditions in Bangalore. Toss: Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to field first against Kolkata Knight Riders. You wait all year for such a big game – The final of a mega tournament. And then… BOOM! The best bowler in T20s gets called for chucking and will miss one of the most important matches of his T20 career and his team’s history. Kolkata’ Sunil Narine will miss out on playing in the Champions League T20 2014 final against Chennai as the West Indian mystery spinner was banned from bowling after authorities found his action suspect for the 2nd time in as many matches.The indomitable Chennai, on the other hand, will have the advantage of familiarity with the conditions but the unbeaten Indian Premier League Champions would still be a tough nut to crack when they clash in the final at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.Quotes:”We are working as hard as if we are on a losing streak. As long as we keep doing that, there’s no reason why we can’t continue like this. We have a big final and we will start on naught. We will need a big performance and I know the guys will be up for it and looking forward to it,” Kolkata veteran Jacques Kallis said.”We are very driven to win this tournament. Chennai have always been consistent but we want to win trophies. It really means a lot for us and we especially want to win this one because its been quite some time since we last won a trophy,” Chennai’s Mr. Dependable Faf du Plessis said.Kolkata Knight Riders:A look at the stats, and you would be forgiven for choosing Kolkata as the favourites. They have been on a roll after an unbeaten run in the tournament. They have, in fact, registered 14 wins in a row starting from IPL-7, but recent developments would argue with your decision, and with good reasons, too.Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir is enterprising and has shared an intense rivalry with Dhoni in IPL, coming out trumps against the India captain on quite a few occasions. The Kolkata are coming into the title clash with the tag of invincible post their 14th straight win — a seven-wicket victory over Australias Hobart Hurricanes in the first semifinal.Kolkata, unlike Chennai, have played all their group matches in Hyderabad and will have to get used to the conditions quickly in Bengaluru. The IPL-Champions, though, boasts of batsmen such as Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis, all of whom have loads of experience and are in good form as well.In the bowling department, there is bound to be some turmoil and soul-searching after mystery spinner Sunil Narine was banned from bowling in the final. Young Kuldeep Yadav and all-rounders such as Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate and Andre Russel have been quite successful.Chennai Super Kings:Chennai had to depend on other teams results to make the last-four stage. Led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the team, however, has the ability to turn it around, a quality which was evident in the semifinal against a power-packed Punjab side. Dhoni knows the art of utilising his resources aptly, sometimes leaving rival captains too stunned by his decisions on batting and bowling combinations, besides field placements.Coming into the match after handing a crushing 65-run defeat to Punjab in the second semifinal, Chennai would love to exploit the placid Chinnaswamy pitch, where they played most of their group matches.Opener Dwayne Smith, who had a pretty good season last IPL but has been disappointing in CLT20, would look to make amends. He has the quality to put the opposition attack to the sword and will relish taking on KOL’s Narine-less attack. The swashbuckling Brendon McCullum has been inconsistent; he, too, would like to get into the groove and give a launch pad to the likes of Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis.Dwayne Bravo, who missed the last IPL season, has again proved his mettle with both bat and ball in the tournament. The West Indian all-rounder was the star in his teams last match, smashing 67 off 39 balls, while Ravindra Jadeja would also be eager to show his all-round prowess.On the bowling front, bowlers like Ashish Nehra, Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohit Sharma and Bravo can trouble most teams on a given day. In their last match, Sharma, Nehra, Pawan Negi and Raina looked to be in top form, and coupled with their brilliant fielders, CHN will hope for a repeat performance in their most important match of the series.Teams(from):Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi, John Hastings, Samuel BadreeKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Jacques Kallis, Pat Cummins, Manvinder Bislalast_img