CLT20 1st Match: Russell and ten Doeschate’s half-centuries stun Chennai

Russell was named Man of the Match for his crucial knock of 58

Russell was named Man of the Match for his crucial knock of 58

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The Kolkata Knight Riders got their Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) campaign off to a perfect start as West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell and Netherlands batsman Ryan ten Doeschate both smashed half-centuries to stun the Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad.

While Russell and ten Doeschate stole the spotlight for their match-winning knocks, Chennai pace bowler Ashish Nehra deserves a lot of credit as he took four wickets.

Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first after Chennai opening batsman Dwayne Smith was caught behind off the bowling of Piyush Chawla for 20.

New Zealand skipperĀ Brendon McCullum managed to make 22 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Yusuf Pathan.

Suresh Raina mustered 28 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Sunil Narine.

South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis only made 14 runs before he was stumped by Manvinder Bisla off the bowling of Chawla.

With Chennai struggling at 86/4 in the 13th over, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo amassed an unbeaten 71-run partnership to help their side finish on 157/4 off their 20 overs.

Dhoni ended up making 35 off 20 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, while Bravo remained undefeated on 28 off 28 deliveries, which included two boundaries and two sixes.

Chawla was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Narine, who only gave away nine runs off his four overs, and Pathan chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Narine finished with spectacular figures of 1-9 off his four overs

Narine finished with spectacular figures of 1-9 off his four overs

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Chasing 158 to win, Kolkata got off to an awful start as Nehra and Mohit Sharma dismissed Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Pathan and Bisla in quick succession to leave Kolkata reeling at 21/4.

Suryakumar Yadav managed to make 19 runs before he was caught by Ravichandran Ashwin at short third man off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.

Russell and ten Doeschate took over from this point on as they put together an 80-run partnership, during which Russell brought up his half-century, before he was clean bowled by Nehra for 58 off just 25 balls, which included four boundaries and five sixes.

Pat Cummins only made eight runs before he was run out by Jadeja.

Thanks to ten Doeschate’s unbeaten knock of 51, which came off 41 balls and included three boundaries and two sixes, Kolkata reached their target with one over to spare.

Ten Doeschate struck three boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten innings of 51

Ten Doeschate struck three boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten innings of 51

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Nehra was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Jadeja and Ashwin claimed one wicket each.

Dhoni was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “I don’t think we had enough runs on the board. Their spinners bowled very well. I didn’t know if we could defend 160 on this track, but the pacers bowled very well. The difference was their lower-order batting, especially Russell and the other guy [ten Doeschate].”

Gambhir was pleased with his team’s performance, and said: “I think after the first 15 overs we thought we could have restricted them to an even smaller total. We didn’t start off well in the chase but we always knew it was a matter of a couple of good overs. We have a lot of depth in our line-up and a lot of firepower. We were looking to go hard at the top, but it didn’t work. The way Russell batted, the way Ryan batted, unbelievable. I need to mention Sunil Narine, he is a special guy. Giving nine runs in four overs always controls the game for us. This is one tournament we haven’t won. The guys are pretty motivated to go out there and turn it around for us.”

Russell was named Man of the Match, and said: “I was just positive, coming from the CPL, backing myself all the time. I’m a bit used to getting the team over the line, well done to Tendo as well. We just kept rotating it, he told me to stay positive. When you work hard in training, it becomes natural [hitting big]. It’s all about positivity. T20 cricket, I love it. Smashin’ it. It was a very good wicket, it didn’t matter who the bowler was. There wasn’t much spin in the wicket, but I backed myself against Ashwin and Jadeja to hit them over the line.”

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