Brendon McCullum and Brad Hodge smashed the Kolkata Knight Riders to a seven-wicket win against the Chennai Super Kings at Centurion.
While Kolkata have had a miserable IPL and will finish the tournament with the wooden spoon, this victory has, at least, stopped the rot. For Chennai, who chose to rest the IPL’s top run scorer, Matthew Hayden, this was a timely wake-up call ahead of the semi-finals.
McCullum (81 off 48 balls) led from the front for the Knight Riders and was involved in a second-wicket partnership of 90 with Hodge, who struck the winning run off the final ball of the match to finish on 71* off 44.
Earlier in the day, the Super Kings posted a challenging total of 188-3 thanks to contributions from Suresh Raina (52 off 36) and MS Dhoni (40* off 28). Albie Morkel, who’s had a disappointing IPL with the bat, also came good with a useful 21* off just 10 deliveries.
Chennai Super Kings 188-3 (20 overs)
Suresh Raina 52, MD Dhoni 40*, Ashok Dinda 1-29
Kolkata Knight Riders 189-3 (20 overs)
Brendon McCullum 81, Brad Hodge 71*, Muttiah Muralitharan 1-16
Knight Riders won by seven wickets
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