Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Chennai, IPL 2014: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalMay 20, 2014

India's Suresh Raina plays a shot during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semifinal match against South Africa in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, April 4, 2014.(AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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Kolkata Knight Riders enjoyed a comfortable eight-wicket victory against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday to bring up their fifth straight win in the 2014 Indian Premier League.

Kolkata are now just four points behind leaders Kings XI Punjab, who have a game in hand, and two behind the Super Kings—who missed the chance to pull level with Kings XI at the top of the table.

The Knight Riders won the toss at Eden Gardens in Kolkata and elected to take the field.

Chennai's innings began badly, with Dwayne Smith falling in the second over to Pat Cummins. Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina steadied the ship with a nice partnership to follow, but the runs were coming slowly for the Super Kings.

Raina top-scored with 65 from 52 balls, while McCullum contributed 28. Francois du Plessis and MS Dhoni then helped Chennai to a 20-over total of 154-4.

Chennai Super Kings, 154-4 (20 overs)
Dwayne Smithb Pat Cummins5683.3310
Brendon McCullumc Suryakumar Yadav b Sunil Narine2824116.6612
Suresh Rainac Ryan ten Doeschate b Piyush Chawla6552125.0035
Francois du Plessisrun out (Piyush Chawla)2320115.0020
MS DhoniNOT OUT2115140.0011
Ravindra JadejaNOT OUT94225.0001
EXTRAS (nb 1, w 2)33
Shakib Al Hasan43007.509
Pat Cummins42917.2512
Umesh Yadav42907.257
Sunil Narine42416.0011
Piyush Chawla442110.505

The Knight Riders got off to a great start in their reply. Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir put on 64 for the first wicket, with Uthappa going on to make his half-century.

The Indian opener eventually went for 67 from 39 balls, having put his team very much on course for victory.

It was left to Manish Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan to steer Kolkata to victory, with the latter scoring 46 from 21 balls to take the Knight Riders home with two overs to spare.

Kolkata Knight Riders, 156-2 (18 overs)
Robin Uthappac Francois du Plessis b Ravindra Jadeja6739171.79101
Gautam Gambhirb Ishwar Pandey2120105.0030
Manish PandeyNOT OUT182864.2800
Shakib Al HasanNOT OUT4621219.0462
EXTRAS (w 1, lb 3)4
Ben Hilfenhaus338012.664
Ishwar Pandey43117.759
Mohit Sharma32809.335
Ravichandran Ashwin42406.009
Ravindra Jadeja32317.665
Suresh Raina1909.000

They will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore, looking to make it six wins on the spin. Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, are up against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next match.

Both games will take place on Thursday.