The article speaks about the heroism of McCullum in the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders played in Ranchi on 2nd May, 2014.
The matches for IPL 2014 started afresh in India with the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders on 2nd May, 2014. The matches were previously played in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and United Arab Emirates.
Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders match had been played in Ranchi. Due to rain the match had been delayed and reduced down to only 17 overs. Brendon McCullum came, saw and conquered. He opened the innings with Dwayne Smith. Smith got out cheaply for 16 runs.
But McCullum scored 56 runs of 40 balls with 5 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries. He got very good support from Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni. Suresh Raina scored 31 runs of 25 balls with 4 boundaries and an over boundary. Dhoni remained unbeaten with 22 in 17 balls. He hit one boundary and an over boundary. Chennai Super Kings scored 148 runs in 17 overs.
The target of 149 runs was too much for Kolkata Knight Riders. Although Sunil Narine, the ace spinner of Kolkata Knight Riders is wearing the purple cap with 9 wickets, the batting of Kolkata Knight Riders did not click at all in the tournament. Now with the dismal performances of the batsman one after the othere there is hardly any chance of making it to the semi-finals. Gautam Gambhir, the captain of the team once again flopped and got run out for 6 runs.
Jack Kallis went cheaply for 4 runs and Manoj Pandey scored only 1 run. The entire burden did rest on the shoulders of Robin Utthappa who opened the innings with Gautam Gambhir. He fought out till the last, but could not make a match out of the circumstances. Robin Utthappa scored 47 runs in 38 balls with 5 fours and 1 six. At the end of the innings Yusuf Pathan scored 41 runs in 29 balls with 1 four and 4 sixes. Kolkata Knight Riders scored only 114 runs in the 17 overs and lost the match by 34 runs. Ravindra Jadeja got 4 wickets while MM Sharma got 3 wickets.
In 2014, Kolkata Knight Riders should have invested in orthodox batsmen rather than the sloggers. Batsmen like Pujara, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, are doing a better job than the occasional scorers of Kolkata Knight Riders. Chennai Super Kings is the second best team in the tournament after Kings Eleven Punjab and are destined to go to the semi-finals.
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