Images from Tuesday’s IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Chennai.
Chennai Super Kings maintained their unbeaten run at home, scoring a clinical seven-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League match in Chennai on Tuesday.
The hosts put up a top-class bowling effort yet again after winning the toss, limiting KKR to 108 for nine despite an unbeaten 50 off 44 balls from the dangerous Andre Russell.
With the dew making batting easier in the second half of the match, CSK chased down a rather comfortable target in 17.2 overs.
CSK are back at the top of the table with five victories from six games while KKR suffered their second loss in six matches and will be hoping that Tuesday's performance was just a blip in otherwise a promising campaign so far.
Shane Watson (17 off 9) smashed two fours and a six early on in the run chase before falling to a soft dismissal off spinner Sunil Narine.
Suresh Raina (14) too did not cash in on the opportunity to make a big score and perished in an attempt to hit Narine out of the park, leaving CSK at 35 for two in five overs.
Since the asking rate was not an issue, Faf du Plessis (43 not out off 45) and Ambati Rayudu (21) went about their job with little difficulty.
The South African, who scored 54 in his first game of the season here on Saturday, played another solid innings to take the team home.
Earlier, a lot depended on the in-form Russell after a poor show from the batting unit, and played the only way he knows best, going for big shots and succeeding to a certain extent. He finished with five fours and three sixes.
The under-rated Deepak Chahar, who returned impressive figures of 3 for 20 from 4 overs, rattled the KKR top-order with early strikes, including that of the big-hitting Chris Lynn as the visitors struggled to 29 for four in the powerplay.
Harbhajan Singh (2/15), Imran Tahir (2/21) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/17) put the brakes on the KKR batting with a disciplined effort.
The visitors were under pressure from the word go as Lynn and Sunil Narine fell within the space of five balls. First, Chahar trapped Lynn leg-before wicket for a duck in the first over, as the Aussie missed a pull off a delivery that kept low.
In the next over, Harbhajan tossed one up to Narine, who attempted a big shot, only to skew it to the point region, where Chahar took a good catch running backwards.
Nitish Rana (0) became Chahar's second victim, taken smartly by Ambati Rayudu.
Robin Uthappa (11, 9 balls, 2X4) played a couple of good shots, before perishing to a pull which landed in the safe hands of Kedar Jadhav at deep-square leg.
A lot was expected of skipper Dinesh Karthik but he flattered to deceive, hammering a shot off Tahir straight into the hands of Harbhajan at mid-wicket He was dismissed for 19, leaving KKR in trouble at 44 for five.
That KKR's 50 came up only in the 12th over, indicated how much their batsmen struggled to come to grips with the surface at Chepauk.
Had Russell not played with caution in the last few overs they may well have had nothing to defend.