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 Smith||b Pat Cummins||5||6||83.33||1||0|
|Brendon McCullum||c Suryakumar Yadav b Sunil Narine||28||24||116.66||1||2|
|Suresh Raina||c Ryan ten Doeschate b Piyush Chawla||65||52||125.00||3||5|
|Francois du Plessis||run out (Piyush Chawla)||23||20||115.00||2||0|
|MS Dhoni||NOT OUT||21||15||140.00||1||1|
|Ravindra Jadeja||NOT OUT||9||4||225.00||0||1|
|EXTRAS||(nb 1, w 2)||3||3|
|Shakib Al Hasan||4||30||0||7.50||9|
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 Uthappa||c Francois du Plessis b Ravindra Jadeja||67||39||171.79||10||1|
|Gautam Gambhir||b Ishwar Pandey||21||20||105.00||3||0|
|Manish Pandey||NOT OUT||18||28||64.28||0||0|
|Shakib Al Hasan||NOT OUT||46||21||219.04||6||2|
|EXTRAS||(w 1, lb 3)||4|
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.