Dwayne Bravo smashed a massive six off the last ball to help Chennai Super Kings register a thrilling 5-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in a crucial Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens.
Needing 9 runs from the final over, Rajat Bhatia dismissed MS Dhoni (28) with the second ball to make the match exciting but in the end Chennai prevailed thanks to Bravo's heroics.
In the end, Chennai were left to score five runs to win the match off the last ball. Bhatia bowled a full toss, which Bravo promptly smacked for a match-winning maximum.
Dhoni hit a six and three boundaries in his quick 21-ball innings.
Bhatia dismissed Faf du Plessis (13) in the eighteenth over to reduce Chennai to 127/4 in 17.1 overs.
Suresh Raina (8) got run out in the thirteenth over as Chennai start to wobble in their run chase.
Chasing 159-run target, Chennai Super Kings lost Murali Vijay (36) and Michael Hussey (56) in one over after they put on a quick 97-run stand to lead the run chase.
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine struck twice in the tenth over to end the Hussey-Vijay juggernaut. Narine double-strike helped Kolkata reduce Chennai to 97/2 in 9.4 overs from 97/0 in 9.1 overs.
Hussey and Vijay lead the Super Kings run chase with flurry of boundaries. Hussey whacked four huge maximums and four boundaries in his quick-fire 39-ball knock and raced to his fifty in just 35 balls.
Whereas, Vijay hit a six and five boundaries in his 24-ball whirlwind innings.
Sent in to bat, Gautam Gambhir (62) and Brendon McCullum (37) put on 99-run opening stand to help Kolkata post 158/6 against Chennai.
A run out in the twelfth over turned the tide of the match as Kolkata lost five wickets in next seven overs and with it the momentum of the run charge.
In the end, late charge by Debabrata Das (19 not out off 10 balls) make sure that the hosts set a competitive target for the defending champions. Das hit a six and two fours in his late blast.
Pacer Ben Hilfenhaus struck in the final over to dismiss Laxmi Ratan Shukla (9) and continued the Chennai fightback.
Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Manoj Tiwary (12) in the eighteenth over soon after Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of Yusuf Pathan (11) in the previous over.
Kolkata lost Jacques Kallis (4), Gambhir and McCullum quickly after a brilliant start.
Shadab Jakati dismissed Kallis in the fifteenth over soon after taking the important wicket of Gambhir in his previous over to reduce Kolkata to 111/3 in 14.4 overs.
Gambhir smashed three huge sixes and six boundaries in his quick-fire 43-ball innings.
Skipper Gambhir raced to his half-century in just 31 balls and added 99 runs for the opening wicket with McCullum to give the hosts a brilliant start before McCullum was run out in the twelfth over.
McCullum hit a six and four fours in his rapid 29 balls knock.
Gambhir and McCullum started Kolkata innings aggressively as they scored 50 for no loss in the six mandatory powerplay overs.
Earlier, Chennai skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to field against Kolkata on Monday.
The hosts Kolkata have made three changes in the playing XI for the match as Brendon McCullum and Marchant de Lange are included in place of Shakib Al Hasan and Brett Lee. Among Indian players Laxmipathy Balaji included in place of Manvinder Bisla.
Whereas, visitors Chennai make one change in the side as they included Faf du Plessis in place of Albie Morkel.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt.), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Marchant de Lange, Laxmipathy Balaji, Brendon McCullum (wk).
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt./wk), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Srikkanth Anirudha, Dwayne Bravo, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shadab Jakati, Francois du Plessis.