Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders at Chennai Indian Premier League 2008

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CSK v KKR, IPL Match 11, Chennai: Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets

Matthew Hayden remained unbeaten on 70 off 49 deliveries as he and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni carried Chennai Super Kings crushed Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Saturday.
Chasing Kolkata’s 147, Chennai cantered to the target with five overs to spare. Parthiv Patel contributed a fine 21 and Dhoni scorede an unbeaten 43 off 27 balls to settle the issue for the home side. Earlier, Jacob Oram dismissed Brendon McCullum and Ricky Ponting off successive deliveries and Muttiah Muralitharan bowled four overs for just 12 runs as Kolkata Knight Riders were restricted to a very moderate 147-9 on a flat pitch.
Sourav Ganguly won the toss for Kolkata and would certainly have been expecting a much higher score than what his side got. On the other hand, Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be delighted with the bowling performance, as this is unlikely to try his formidable batting line-up. The contest is largely being seen as a pitched battle between MS Dhoni, India’s present ODI skipper and Sourav Ganguly, the former and the most successful Indian captain. Both teams are yet to lose in the tournament and there were no surprises when both captains announced that they are continuing with their winning eleven.
CSK v KKR, IPL Match 11, Chennai: Chennai Super Kings 152 for 1 in 17.0 ovs beat Kolkata Knight Riders 147 for 9 in 20.0 ovs by 9 wickets

CSK v KKR, IPL Match 11, Chennai: Fleming included in Super Kings squad

Chennai Super Kings have named Kiwi Stephen Fleming in their 16-member squad ahead of their home game against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament at Chennai Saturday.
Fleming has replaced local boy and former India opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth's son Anirudha Srikkanth in the squad.
The lone change also triggered speculation on the likelihood of a reshuffle in the playing XI that would be finalised Saturday morning after an inspection of the pitch. While seeking to downplay the hype around the game that is being billed as a "blockbuster", Super Kings coach Kepler Wessels asserted that each of the 14 league matches (seven home and seven away) was crucial for the side.
Earlier in the week, the Super Kings narrowly escaped defeat against Mumbai Indians at the same venue when the visitors, chasing a target of 209, fell short by just six runs. Dwelling on the departure of the Australian players, Matthew Hayden and Mike Hussey, after their away game against Bangalore Royal Challengers next week, Wessels said their absence would be sufficiently made up with the arrival of South Africans Makhaya Ntini and Albie Morkel.
Super Kings middle-order batsman Subramaniam Badrinath, who was with Wessels at the press conference, said a team needed to score a minimum of 200 runs and above to ensure victory in the inaugural Twenty20 league.

Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders at Chennai


Toss:  Kolkata Knight Riders.Kolkata Knight Riders innings 
S Ganguly c Badrinath b Joginder Sharma 12 (19)
B McCullum c Raina b Oram 24 (12)
R Ponting c Raina b Oram 0 (1)
W Saha b Gony 27 (16)
D Hussey c Badrinath b Amarnath 0 (2)
Mohammad Hafeez c Joginder Sharma b Amarnath 16 (24)
L Shukla run out (Dhoni/Joginder Sharma) 42 (33)
A Agarkar c Muralidaran b Gony 11 (9)
M  Kartik c & b Oram 3 (3)
I Sharma not out 4 (3)
A Dinda not out 0 (0) 
Extras  8
Total (20 overs) 9 wkts for 147 Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-32, 3-61, 4-64, 5-70, 6-98, 7-121, 8-127, 9-145>Bowling 
J Oram 4-0-32-3
M Gony 4-0-40-2
P Amarnath 4-0-29-2
M Muralidaran 4-0-12-0
Joginder Sharma 4 0 32 1 8.00 (1nb, 1w) Chennai Super Kings innings
P Patel c Sharma b Agarkar 21 (27)
M Hayden not out 70 (49)
MS Dhoni not out 43 (27)
Extras  18
Total (17 overs) 1wkt  for 152Fall of wicket: 1-66 Bowling
A Dinda 3-0-25-0
I Sharma 3-0-26-0
A Agarkar 3-0-19-1
D Hussey 1-0-10-0
Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-16-0
M Kartik 3-0-33-0
L Shukla 2-0-18-0Result: Chennai Super Kings won by 9 wickets.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.