McCullum, Jadeja lead Chennai to win

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The IPL match between Chennai and Kolkata was reduced to 17 overs per side on Friday, and the Super Kings emerged victorious by a hefty 34 runs thanks to efforts from Brendon McCullum and Ravi Jadeja.

The IPL match between Chennai and Kolkata was reduced to 17 overs per side on Friday, and the Super Kings emerged victorious by a hefty 34 runs thanks to efforts from Brendon McCullum and Ravi Jadeja.

The match was delayed significantly, causing six overs to be lost in total in Ranchi, and Chennai opted to bat first and defend. They put on 148 for the loss of just three wickets, as McCullum recorded 56 off 40 balls against his former side.

Dwayne Smith was the early casualty, falling for 16, but from there McCullum and Suresh Raina pushed the score to 90 after 10.4 overs. Raina then departed for 31 to Shakib al Hasan, who had also removed Smith.

McCullum and MS Dhoni then paired up for 30 runs before the New Zealander was removed, leaving the skipper and Jadeja to post a defendable score. Dhoni was on 22 not out at the end, while Jadeja had an unbeaten 17.

The all-rounder added to his effort with the ball, continuing the form he had with India earlier in the year as a spinner. He ripped the heart out of the middle order, bagging Manish Pandy, Shakib and Suryakumar Yadav all for single figures.

The only batsmen to reach double figures were Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan, both of whom reached the 40s before departing, and Yusuf was the last man to fall, off the penultimate delivery.

The result left Chennai second on the table, with 10 points and tied with the Kings XI Punjab, while Kolkata sat in fourth place, with just two wins in six. They were tied with three other sides on points.

<b>Chennai Super Kings:</b> Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mithun Manhas, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma.

<b>Kolkata Knight Riders:</b> Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Sunil Narine.

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