Kolkata, April 30: Brad Hogg, Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell were the star performers as Kolkata Knight Riders registered a 7-wicket victory in the final over against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in an Indian Premier League 2015 (IPL 8) match here on Thursday night.
After keeping CSK to 165/9, thanks to 44-year-old Hogg's four-wicket haul, Uthappa (80 not out, 58 balls, 7x4, 1x6) and Andre Russell (59 not out, 32 balls, 5x4, 4x6) starred with the bat to take the defending champions home in the final over with 1 ball to spare.
Uthappa made the most of the stumping missed by MS Dhoni off Pawan Negi when he was on 28. KKR finished with 169/3 in 19.5 overs. (KKR honour late cricketer Ankit)
This win pushed KKR to 3rd spot with 9 points while CSK remained on top with 12 points. Both teams have played 8 games each.
KKR were in trouble at 57/3 in 9.1 overs but Uthappa and Russell's big-hitting unfinished partnership of 112 runs in 10.4 overs took them home. Russell, who had earlier taken two wickets, won the Man-of-the-match award.
Both the matches between the sides this season were close. Two days back in Chennai, CSK edged KKR by 2 runs and today the winner was decided with 1 ball remaining.
CSK post 165/9
A stunning four-wicket haul by veteran Hogg enabled KKR restrict a marauding CSK to 165/9. Put into bat, CSK were off to an explosive start, courtesy Brendon McCullum's 12 ball 32 (3x4s, 3x6s) and Faf du Plessis' 11-ball 20 (5x4s), but the 44-year-old chinaman bowler, who had come in as replacement for Sunil Narine, lived up to the faith by returning with magnificent figures of 4/29.
Hogg claimed the prized scalps of McCullum and Du Plessis in his first over and completed his spell with the wickets of Ravindra Jadeja (24 from 30 balls; 1x4, 1x6) and Pawan Negi (27 from 13 balls; 4x4s, 1x6) to restrict CSK to 165.
With McCullum looking ominous at a strike rate that almost touched 300, CSK had stepped on the gas very early after the first ball dismissal of Dwayne Smith, who was brilliantly caught by a diving Ryan ten Doeschate at point off Pat Cummins.
There were raining sixes and fours all over the park with McCullum at his murderous best as CSK were 52 for 2 after Gambhir bowled his two pacers Cummins and Yadav in tandem.
He brought in Chawla in the fifth over with Du Plessis on strike and the South African matched his explosive Kiwi partner by smashing the leggie for three boundaries as KKR bowlers looked ordinary without Narine, who was ruled out off the tournament after being called for suspected bowling action for a second time.
T20 format's prized score of 200 was looking inevitable for CSK but a 44-year-old Australian turned around the fortunes for KKR striking twice in his first over.
Hogg dismissed McCullum LBW with his first ball after the latter tried to go for an expansive pull but failed to read the bounce and then in the fifth ball Du Plessis stepped out only to be stumped by wicket-keeper Uthappa.
All pumped up, KKR employed four fielders - slip, leg slip, silly point and forward short leg - around CSK skipper Dhoni in the next delivery.
Dhoni (1) could survive just four balls before being castled by a Chawla wrong one as KKR bounced back in the game, even as CSK were 72 for five after 7 overs.
Bravo and Jadeja ensured that there was no further damage as they batted sensibly putting on 50-run together in as many balls.
After the duo's dismissals, Negi played a fine cameo when he smashed a wayward Cummins (1/54) for three boundaries in an over before Hogg once again made his presence felt.
Earlier, Dhoni handed Ronit More an IPL debut bringing him in place of Ishwar Pandey while left-arm spinner Negi replaced the injured Ravichandran Ashwin.