Chasing Chennai’s daunting total of 188, Kolkata reached the target in the last ball with skipper Brendon McCullum (81) and Hodge (71 not out) setting the SuperSport Park on fire. The win gave Knight Riders its second victory from 13 matches. “It is disappointing to lose the match. We had (enough) runs on the board (to defend) but they (Kolkata) had some brilliant batting and on the other hand one of the worst bowling performance in the IPL,” Dhoni, who was clearly not happy with the effort of his bowlers, said after the match.
“Kolkata batted really well. They outplayed us more than anything else. When you have to chase nearly 190 you need good effort from some of boys. That was what they did,” he added.
McCullum was pleased to win the match though his team has been out of contention for a semifinal berth much earlier.
“We are feeling a lot better with the win. For the last three-four weeks we have been trying hard. We have been backing ourselves to do better. We had been finding it hard to do it but we are pleased to win today (Monday),” said McCullum.