Ranchi: A dominant Chennai Super Kings once again stamped their authority with a crushing 34-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders as the ongoing seventh Indian Premier League arrived in the country to the pitter-patter of rain, here on Friday night. Ravindra Jadeja produced a brilliant spell of spin bowling that saw him return figures of 4/12 after Brendon McCullum's sizzling half-century powered CSK to a daunting 148 for three. Mohit Sharma, too, bowled well bagging 3/22 for CSK. (Scorecard | Highlights)
In a match that was reduced to 17 overs per side after rain delayed the start by an hour and 40 minutes, CSK dominated throughout to post their fifth straight win in six outings. This was the Knight Riders' fourth loss after having started the first leg in the UAE with a bang.
McCullum pulverised the Knight Riders attack during a 40-ball 56, which contained five boundaries and two sixes, before Mahendra Singh Dhoni (22) and Jadeja (17) upped the ante in the final overs.