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IPL Match 28: Chennai beat Kolkata in last ball thriller

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The runs might have started drying up in the Indian Premier League, but there was no shortage of excitement when the Chennai Super Kings entertained the reigning champions the Kolkata Knight Riders at Chepauk on Tuesday evening.

The Knight Riders won the toss and backed their batsmen to chase down whatever target Chennai set them, and they came mightily close, eventually falling 2 runs short in a low scoring thrilling.

Chennai got off to another pacy start thanks to Dwayne Smith (25 from 19 balls) and Brendon McCullum (19 from 14 balls), however, the batsmen that followed failed to score at anywhere near the same pace, and Chennai eventually struggled their way to a barely competitive 134-6 from their 20 overs.

Faf du Plessis held the innings together with an unbeaten run-a-ball 29, while Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a slow 15. Piyush Chawla and Andre Russell picked up 2 wickets each for the Knight Riders, but the pick of the bowlers was veteran Brad Hogg, who took 1-18 from his 4 overs.

Set only 135 to chase for victory, Kolkata got off to the worst possible start, losing skipper Gautam Gambhir for a first ball duck. Robin Uthappa responded to the loss of KKR's biggest star by smashing his  way to 39 off just 17 balls, courtesy 6 fours and a six.

However, the KKR middle order struggled just like Chennai's had done earlier in the evening with Manish Pandey (15), Surya Kumar Yadav (16) and Yusuf Pathan (13) all getting starts, but failing to capitalize on them.

Ryan ten Doeschate kept one end up, but everyone batting at the other end seemed inclined to throw their wickets away, leaving KKR with 30 to win from the last 2 overs.

Ten Doeschate took 13 off the penultimate over to give his side a glimmer of hope, but failed to score any runs from the first 3 deliveries to leave himself needing three sixes to win it. 6,4,4 off the last three deliveries was not enough to guide KKR to victory as Chennai moved top of the table courtesy of a 2 run win.

Mini Scorecard:

Chennai Super Kings 134/6 (20 overs, 6.70rpo)

F du Plessis 29* (29) P Chawla 2-26 (4)

D Smith 25 (19) A Russell 2-26 (4)

Kolkata Knight Riders 132/9 (20 overs, 6.60rpo)

R Uthappa 39 (17) D Bravo 3-22 (3)

R ten Doeschate 38* (28) R Ashwin 2-5 (2)

Chennai Super Kings win by 2 runs