Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders played the conditions well but a calamitous batting effort in the first half of the game that added up to only 119 runs meant that their best efforts wouldn't be enough against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday (April 20) afternoon at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Ravindra Jadeja, with bat and ball, was the star for Chennai as they sealed a four-wicket win to jump to third place in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 points table. Kolkata remained at seventh spot.
In their last game, chasing a target of 158 against Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata were at 106 for 2 in 13 overs but scored 47 for 6 in the next seven overs to lose the match by four runs. If that was a throwback to the Kolkata of the first three seasons when they routinely self-destructed, it got worse against Chennai. (All the stats from the match, here)
With Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan getting a few boundaries early on after Kolkata opted to bat, they scored at close to nine runs an over, reaching 44 for no loss after five overs. But the good work was undone in the next few overs, partly because of the spectacular ineptitude of the Kolkata batsmen, and partly because of some superb Chennai fielding. (Also see: The match in pics)