Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets to maintain an unbeaten run at home and claim the top spot in the IPL points table at M A Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.
The defending champions took it easy and slow in their 109-run chase. After losing two wickets in the powerchase, Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina kept the runs coming to beat the Dinesh Karthik-led side with 16 balls to spare.
CSK's underrated medium-pacer Deepak Chahar returned with outstanding figures of 3/20 in four overs and played a pivotal role in restricting high-flying KKR to just 108/9 in 20 overs.
KKR never recovered from the early loss of wickets and found the going tough to finish with a below par score despite an unbeaten 50 off 44 balls from Andre Russell.
SCORES IN BRIEF
KOLKATA: 108 for 9 in 20 overs (Karthik 19, Russell 50 not out; Chahar 3-20, Harbhajan 2-15, Tahir 2-21)
CHENNAI: 111 for 3 in 17.2 overs (Watson 17, du Plessis 43 not out, Rayudu 21; Narine 2-24)
Result: Chennai Super Kings won by 7 wickets.