Kolkata. Apr 14 : Chennai Super Kings' South African leg spinner Imran Tahir's 4/27 restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 161/8 in the crucial VIVO IPL match at Eden Gardens here on Sunday.
MS Dhoni boys need 162 in 20 overs to script seventh win in eight games.Chris Lynn returning to play after a match drop in the previous game was the highest scorer for KKR ( 82-run-51-ball) hitting seven boundaries and six lofty sixes before falling to Imran Tahir delivery as he skied the ball which was held by Shardul Thakur.
Forty-year-old south African Tahir's other victims were Nitish Rana (10), Robin Uthappa (0) and Andre Russell (10). Shardul Thakur's finished with 2/18 and Mitchell Santner 1/30 Another South African Faf du Plesis took four lofty catches and helped his bowlers to carry on attack against the hosts. West Indian Sunil Narine once again failed to act as new avatar with opening batsman as he got out cheaply on 2 facing seven balls. His effort to hit big fell short off Mitchell Santner and Faf du Plessis held at long off ending KKR first wicket at 38 in 4.5 overs.
KKR second wicket fell at 10.2 overs covering another 41 runs ( 2/79 in 10.2 overs) stitched together by Chris Lynn and left hander Nitish Rana (21 from 18 balls) before the Indian fell to Imran Tahir's second over as du Plesis again held the aerial ball. Forty-year-old South African Imran Tahir proved too stringful for KKR as he again took hard hitter Robin Uthappa (0) in the same over ratttling KKR's frontline batting line. KKR third wicket fell on 80.
South African Faf du Plesis took all the four aerial catches giving his bowlers to carry on attacks against the host.
The capacity filled Eden looked Dhoni has more supporters that the purples as the stadium almost turned yellow with CSK shirt colour.
Earlier, MS Dhoni won consecutive 5th toss and sent Kolkata to bat first.After winning the spin of coin Dhoni said " We'll bowl first. If you see the wickets have been good over here. It's difficult to contain the batsmen here, hence we need the opposition to put runs. We are playing with the same squad." (UNI)