Cape Town - Suresh Raina scored an unbeaten century and Pawan Negi claimed five
wickets as the Chennai Super Kings demolished the Kolkata Knight Riders
by eight wickets and nine balls to spare to win their second Champions
League T20 title at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangaluru on Saturday.
Raina smashed 109 not out as the Super Kings ended on 185/2 in
18.3 overs after winning the toss and bowling first. The Knight Riders
posted 180 for six in their 20 overs with Gautam Gambhir scoring 80 off
52 balls which included seven boundaries and three sixes.
Kolkata had been on course for a total in excess of 200 runs but then
the slow left-arm bowling of Negi curtailed the Knight Riders’ innings
as he claimed five wickets for 22 runs in his fours overs. The defining
moment came in Negi’s final over when he claimed three wickets for just
two runs. Negi first had Manish Pandey (32) caught by Brendon McCullum
at long-on off the first ball and then had Ryan ten Doeschate (nought)
stumped off a leg-side wide by MS Dhoni. Two balls later Negi picked up
his five-for when Suryakumar Yadav (nought) tried a reverse sweep but
only managed to find Ashish Nehra at short third man.
The Knight Riders produced a decent platform with a first-wicket
partnership of 91 off 66 balls between Gambhir and Robin Uthappa (40).
Uthappa then danced down the track to Negi and missed a turning ball and
was stumped by Dhoni.
The wheels started to fall off for Kolkata despite a 39-run stand for
the third wicket between Gambhir and Pandey but once Gambhir departed,
caught at mid-off by McCullum diving forward of Ravindra Jadeja
(4-0-25-1). Pandey smashed two fours and two sixes in 19 balls as he and
Yusuf Pathan added 23 off 12 balls for the fourth wicket.
Pathan continued once Pandey departed, hitting two fours and one maximum
from just nine balls to end unbeaten on 20 as Nehra (4-0-54-0) took the
brunt of the assault.
Dwayne Smith (eight) struck two boundaries in the opening over of the
chase before being flummoxed by a slow-ball Yorker from Pat Cummins
(3-0-32-1). But then Raina and McCullum (39) set about taking the game
away from the Knight Riders with a stand of 118 off 74 balls for the
second wicket. Despite Pathan (3.3-0-34-1) having McCullum caught by Ten
Doeschate on the mid-wicket boundary, Dhoni and Raina proceeded to
clobber 58 unbeaten runs off only 35 balls to win the game for the men
Raina was in sublime form, dancing down the track at will and connecting
cleanly to smash eight maximums in his innings. The left-handed batsman
also displayed perfect timing and placement by stroking six boundaries
in his innings of 62 balls.
Raina brought up his 50 off only 27 balls and then slowed a bit by
bringing up his century off 59 deliveries. Dhoni took a few balls to get
used to the pace of the pitch but then smashed one boundary and two
sixes, the second of which brought an end to the contest.