Monday, May 18, 2009

chennai superkings vs kolkata knight riders:muccullum,hodge guided KKR to a victory

chennai superkings batting

kolkata knight riders batting

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to bat against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Super Sport Park here on Monday.Mathew Hayden, who has a niggle, was ruled out. George Bailey came into the Chennai side in place of the Orange Cap holder.The Kolkata team made four changes. Ashok Dinda, Ajantha Mendis, Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Anureet Singh returned to the eleven while Ishant Sharma, Shoaib Shaikh, Yashpal Singh and Mashrafe Mortaza were axed.This is the first time the Super Kings and the Knight Riders meet in IPL II as the their game in the first-leg was abandoned due to rain in Cape Town.

A win against the Knight Riders here will guarantee Chennai Super Kings a place in the final four. The Delhi Daredevils have already qualified after their victory in Bloemfontein against the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.The Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, have only pride to salvage with only one win from 12 games so far. The Knight Riders suffered heartbreaking losses in their previous two games.Suresh Raina plundered a 37-ball 52 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 40 from 28 balls to lift the Chennai Super Kings to 188-3 after electing to bat against the beleaguered Kolkata Knight Riders at the Super Sport Park on Monday. Local boy Albie Morkel played a cameo in the death overs, hitting a nine-ball 20. A victory will guarantee the Chennai outfit a berth in the semi-finals.

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