Kallis shines as KKR restrict CSK to 139/5

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Chennai: Jacques Kallis led a disciplined bowling effort with two important wickets as Kolkata Knight Riders restricted Chennai Super Kings to a modest 139 for five in their Indian Premier League match here on Monday.

Kallis took the wickets of Suresh Raina, who top-scored for the hosts with a 34-ball 44, and West Indian hard-hitter Dwayne Bravo, to finish with 2/21.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained unbeaten on 34 off 30 balls. Opting to bat after winning the toss, defending champions Super Kings were never allowed to get off the hook by the KKR bowlers.

The Super Kings were off to an inauspicious start, losing big-hitting opener Faf du Plessis in the second over of the match to Brett Lee, who induced an edge that was taken by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum.

A few overs later, dangerman Michael Hussey was run out by the Lee-McCullum combo, to leave the hosts in some sort of trouble at 32 for two in the fifth over.

Raina, along with Bravo, tried to take the Super Kings to a comfortable situation, but the West Indian holed out to long-on fielder Iqbal Abdulla off the bowling of Kallis after being involved in a 42-run stand for the third wicket.

With his team struggling to dominate the opposition, Dhoni strode to the crease, and responded to the situation by running a few quick singles and hitting the occasional boundaries.

Having taken the wicket of Bravo, Kallis struck once again, sending back Raina. After a fumble, Yusuf Pathan managed to hold on to the catch at midwicket after Raina played it high in the air.

During his stay at the wicket, Raina entertained the partisan crowd with some fluent hits to the fence at the M A Chidambaram Stadium.

In all the left-handed batsman struck four fours and a six, while Dhoni found the fence twice. Of all his boundaries, the six Raina scored off Lee over long-off was the most noteworthy.

After his dismissal, Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja tried to provide the late flourish, but the Knight Riders bowlers were equal to the task.

With 11 points, the Knight Riders are second on the points table after five wins and three defeats, while the Super Kings, with nine points, are fourth with four wins and as many losses.

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