Chennai, May 1: Skipper Gautam Gambhir struck his fourth half-century of the season as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in the Indian Premier League, here yesterday.
Chasing 140 for victory, the Knight Riders finished the task with two balls to spare, with Gambhir leading the way with a 52-ball 63 at the M A Chidambaram Stadium.Gambhir struck six fours and a six.
Needing six runs in the last over bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin, newcomer Debabrata Das (11 not out) pulled it off for KKR by hitting a boundary after Yusuf Pathan got out to an irresponsible shot.
The Knight Riders lost opener Brendon McCullum early, but Gambhir held his ground and, in the company of in-form Jacques Kallis (26 off 31 balls), stabilised the innings.
Introduced in the third over, Ashwin foxed McCullum with the carrom-ball as the batsman scooped it to mid-off.
But success was hard to come by thereafter for the Super Kings as Gambhir and Kallis added 70 runs for the second wicket, the partnership ending after the latter edged Dwayne Bravo to CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
But before that, as they were not chasing an imposing total, both the batsmen seemed content to play the ball on merit, but the loose ones were never really wasted.
The Super Kings bowlers were never allowed to settle into any sort of rhythm by Gambhir and Kallis who displayed good footwork on what was not the ideal track for batting.
After Kallis heaved Ashwin over deep square-leg for a six, Gambhir went down the pitch to deposit Shadab Jakati over long-on for a maximum.
However, Dhoni's move to bring back Bravo to bowl the 13th over, paid immediate dividend as that resulted in the dismissal of Kallis.
Chennai tried to apply pressure on KKR, but Gambhir was equal to the task as he took his team to within sniffing distance of victory.