IPL: Sam Billings helps Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders

After Kolkata put up 202 for the loss of six wickets on the scoreboard, CSK batsmen came down in the park with a objective in their minds as they reached 203 runs with one ball to spare. "It feels good, to come back after two years and win", Dhoni said as a sea of yellow-clad supporters cheered on the team.

The Aussie Pack: Kolkata's Chris Lynn found his groove with four boundaries from just 16 deliveries, posting 22 before dancing down and losing his off-stump to Ravi Jadeja.

Watch how Kolkata's Andre Russell thrashed 11 sixes in his side's defeat to Chennai in the IPL. Their last match against Mumbai Indians was a testimony that they won't let go of anything and will be one of the top contenders for the title.

CSK won the toss and elected to field.KKR set the target of 203 run for CSK's win. But openers Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu got them to the flawless start possible. Shane Watson contributed 42 from 19 balls including three boundaries and three sixes to kick-start Chennai's innings, claiming 2-39 with the ball and becoming the holder of the Purple Cap for the most wickets in this year's IPL - his tally rising to four after two matches. Dhoni and Billings got the chase back on track with a 54-run stand. Together, their partnership compensated for wickets and a stuttering Dhoni innings to give the Super Kings a chance in a tough chase.

Suresh Raina looked uncomfortable while MS Dhoni struggled to get going and eventually fell for a slow 25. The apex court also directed the government to come up with a draft scheme by May 3.

He dispatched an erring Shardul Thakur, who had replaced the injured Kedar Jadhav, for two sixes in two balls and then had his compatriot Dwayne Bravo searching for answers. Billings continued his onslaught and it seemed the game will be over an over or two early.

England global Billings hit five sixes and a pair of fours en route to a 23-ball 56.

Kolkata Knight Riders' batsman Andre Russell celebrates his half century during the match against CSK on Tuesday. Well, it was not just the fans in KKR colours who found it hard to get into the stadium; there were more important people who faced similar woes. Both opening batsman launched an attack on the KKR bowlers and took the total to 75 within the Powerplay overs. In fact, the last five overs yielded 79 runs that got KKR back into the match. But Karthik had by now exhausted his bowling options and left to choose between Kuldeep Yadav and Vinay Kumar, the captain went for the latter.

Games on: Russel hits repeated sixes, CSK take a wicket with Watson getting Karthik out at 17.4 overs.

At end of Power Play: KKR 64/2. CSK now needed five runs off three balls. He played out of his skin and scored a quick fifty before falling for 56 off 23 balls.

The lead-up to Chennai Super Kings' homecoming after almost three years was insane.

  • Arturo Norris