Right, then! That brings us to an end of a thriller between two fine teams. Will be a night to remember for the Chennai crowd. We move on to Jaipur tomorrow where Rajasthan will host Delhi in their first home game after a long absence. The action will begin at 2000 IST. Do join in for it. Till then, cheers!
Man of the Match, Sam Billings says that it is an absolute pleasure to play with a legend like MS Dhoni. Adds that a competition like the Indian T20 League provides the opportunity to learn from all kinds of players, like Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey. Feels that it is important to back yourself and execute your plans. States that it is important to take the game deep and cites Dwayne Bravo's example of how he did it in the first match. Ends by saying they have a good batting line-up and they back themselves to chase anything down.
MS Dhoni says it feels good to come back after two years and win the game in Chennai. Further adds it was a fantastic game of cricket. States they try to keep their emotions under control in such close encounters. Admits he does get nervous but he does not express himself too much. Opines they are facing a lot of injuries which is not good. Credits the way Sam Billings played. Feels the bowlers had a rough day as there were a lot of sixes hit.
Dinesh Karthik says the atmosphere was right up there with all the support with Chennai. Credits the way Andre Russell played but is disappointed to not defend it. Further adds winning and losing is part and parcel of the game but they have to be ready for the next match against Hyderabad.
The game seemed all but over, but Sam Billings (who scored a rapid fifty) had other ideas. He displayed his range of innovative shots and took the game deep, keeping his team in the hunt and with a chance to get the job done. Dwayne Bravo walked in and along with Ravindra Jadeja, put the finishing touches on the chase to seal a glorious victory for the Chennai crowd. Earlier in the evening, Kolkata got to a daunting total, courtesy some fireworks from Andre Russell, but it didn't prove to be enough in the end. Stay tuned as the presentation will be coming up shortly.
A dramatic finish to the game. Second time in a row that the Men in Yellow left it late to seal the deal. The Chennai players rush onto the field and celebrate with Bravo and Jadeja. Superb scenes. With a mammoth target of 203 to gun down, Watson and Rayudu provided the ideal start for the hosts. The platform was set to take advantage of, but wickets at regular intervals in the middle saw Kolkata come back in the game and hold the upper hand.
Vinay Kumar to Ravindra Jadeja
SIX! And Jadeja finishes it off in style! CHENNAI WIN BY 5 WICKETS! What a hit. Full and in the arc, Jadeja stands tall, and with the full swing of his bat, launches it over long on for a biggie. The Chepauk stadium explodes as the home side wins the first home game, two years after its return.
Vinay Kumar to Dwayne Bravo
Manages just the single. Kumar fires it full outside off, Bravo drags it down towards long on for one.
Length ball aiming the top of off stump, Jadeja glides it to backward point and brings Bravo on strike.
Wide! Kumar comes over the wicket and hurls it well outside off, Jadeja leaves it alone. It's across the tramline and a wide is called. Pressure getting to the pacer. 6 from 4 to win.
Back of a length outside off, Bravo pulls it over mid-wicket. He wants the second but Jadeja doesn't want it. Dwayne is furious with him, he makes it known.
The catch is taken but it won't matter! Full and outside off, Bravo lofts it over mid on. Rinku Singh in the deep takes it and two runs are taken.
Free Hit coming up...
SIX! It's a no ball as well. The crowd erupts. High full toss on the hips from around the wicket, Bravo swings across the line. May not have connected well enough, but he gets enough to clear the fine leg fence for a biggie.
Vinay Kumar to bowl the final over of the game. 17 needed for the win. Kolkata have the advantage, but anything can happen here with Dwayne Bravo still remaining.
Tom Curran to Dwayne Bravo
Superb yorker on leg, not much Bravo can do about it besides flicking it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Tom Curran to Ravindra Jadeja
The slower one again, on a length, Jadeja skips down the track and pushes it away from the body towards point. Chawla moves to his left and dives to stop it. Good effort. Single taken.
Dwayne Bravo, the hero of the opener comes out to bat. Can he repeat the heroics?
Tom Curran to Sam Billings
OUT! Billings is gone! At the wrong time he'd feel, but his side is still in the game because of him. He looks to clear long off, but doesn't get the desired elevation on this. Straight down the throat of Robin Uthappa who takes it this time. He had dropped him earlier, so will be happy he held on on this occasion. 19 needed 8 to win for Chennai.
SIX! That is a wonderful strike! Sam Billings, go 'head. He's made his entry in the Chennai team and making an impact already. Short ball, slower in pace, Billings pulls it hard over square leg. It's full and fast, over the boundary line for a biggie.