Dinesh Karthik* 45(18); | Shubman Gill 57(36);
Dwayne Bravo* 1.4-0-22-0; | Lungi Ngidi 3-0-36-1
Kolkata go up the ladder - now reach the third position. Chennai, with six wins, have struggled with the ball of late. They've certainly missed the services of Chahar. Jadeja's position will once again come under scanner. We'll have that debate another day. Tomorrow, Punjab host Mumbai. Do join us there. Until then, it's goodbye from Abhinand Raghavendran, Nikhil Jadhav, Sriram, Raju Peethala, Sagar Chawla, Varun and Harish.
Sunil Narine, Man of the Match: I'll stick to my bowling (when asked if he was a batting all-rounder or bowling all-rounder). That made me the cricketer I am today. Nice to come out with a win. Getting the freedom to play my shots, being free. That's the key. They back me whatever happens. He (DK) relies highly on spin. It's a total team effort. Seamers did the job early and we finished it off. Everyone takes their success differently. For me, it's to be as humble as possible,. I am enjoying my game with good performances.
Dinesh Karthik: Credit to the franchisee. They picked lot of under-19 players. They are really skilled players. It's little harsh on him (Gill). The number of times, he's been able to hit boundary off the first ball. That boy is special. I don't want to hype it up and put extra pressure on him. I can see a lot of years of India Blues in him. I picked it up early, that we can bowl a lot of spin on this wicket. Our bowlers are so confident. They wanted to bowl. You need to be pushing boundaries. He (Narine) is a thorough all-rounder. Provides impetus at the top and also bowled the pressure overs. He's a great player to have in the team.
MS Dhoni: If the wicket remained the same the total was decent, I felt this wicket was on the slower side but you have to hit the seam hard. When you are bowling the slower ball, if you can hit the seam then you can generate variable bounce. In the second half wicket became much better under the lights. The easy way is to compare the two balls after 20 overs. Second ball will be in the better shape. Ball was coming nicely under the lights. Overall disappointed with the loss, we need to do better than this in the bowling department. A few more runs would have helped. We knew the kind of fielding we will do after the team was picked. But what is more disappointing is guys are not aware on the field. Your speed might not be too much but you have to be attentive in the field. Classic example is Hussey, when he was playing for CHN he was not the quickest but he used to anticipate really well and that used to give him extra second. That is the kind of commitment needed in the field. If no one is bowling well, keep shuffling bowlers around. If no one does well, game will be over soon. We are slightly on and off in the field. Keeping it simple helps, I think bowlers need to vary their pace and you need to be aware of the strengths of the batsmen and accordingly you need to bowl. You can tell bowler a lot but when they have ball in the hand they are on their own.
Shubman Gill: Obviously I am pleased to have been promoted to number 4 today. We were just talking (Himself and DK) that we need to rotate the strike in the middle overs, it was crucial to see off the spinners. It was not really to target him (Asif), we played according to the merit - if the balls were there, we just went for it. KOL crowd is the best crowd, they always support us. It has been a really great experience so far and when you are coached by Kallis and Katich, you have so much to learn from them.
How easy was that? Kolkata have beaten the table-toppers (not now) with 14 balls to spare. That's quite a statement. Shubman Gill, promoted to No. 4, showed why he is rated so highly. The 18-year-old played a smart innings - picked his gaps, collected the singles and couples and went after the loose ones. All that with elegance. Remember? He dropped Dhoni in the first innings. That'd have been forgotten and forgiven. Chasing a target of 178, Lynn got out in the first over after hitting a couple of sixes. Narine was dropped twice by Jadeja in two balls and the West Indian added 26 more to his tally quickly. When Bhajji removed Rinku Singh in the 12th over, CHN would have eyed an opening. But, all that was put to rest by the teenager along with the KOL skipper. The pair scored 83 off 36 balls and took their team past the line comfortably.
Dwayne Bravo [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
Just 13 needed now!
Lungi Ngidi [2.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack
Time-out! 23 needed off 24 balls. Should be a cakewalk for the hosts.
Ravindra Jadeja [3.0-0-25-1] is back into the attack
KM Asif [2.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack
Chants of 'KOL KOL' doing rounds
Karn Sharma, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Here's the leggie.
Mid-off is back inside the circle for DK
Mid-off goes back
Dwayne Bravo, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Eight overs remain, 77 to win
Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Harbhajan to Rinku Singh, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
A leg-slip in place
"Dhoni having a long chat to Jadeja. Looks like it was about the line he was bowling. Katich and Kallis have walked out to talk to the young KOL duo," our man Akash Sarkar sends this update from the ground.
Time-out! Equation - 98 needed off 66 balls. Bhajji bowled a good first over and there's a bit of assistance for Jaddu as well. Will Karn Sharma be used today? KOL slightly ahead at the moment.
Third umpire called
Harbhajan Singh, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
A slip in over
Rinku Singh, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Jadeja to Narine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ravindra Jadeja, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Shubman Gill, right handed bat, comes to the crease
KM Asif to Uthappa, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
KM Asif [1.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack
Shane Watson, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Robin Uthappa, right handed bat, comes to the crease
KM Asif, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Lungi Ngidi to Chris Lynn, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
CHN take a review against Lynn. Has he nicked it? There were two sounds there. Yes, he has! Fine review by Chennai and Lynn has to walk back.
Chris Lynn and Narine are at the crease. Chris Lynn is on strike. Lungi Ngidi will open the attack