Hours before the CSK-KKR tie, some pro-Tamil activists tried to stage a demonstration outside the M A Chidambaram stadium here against holding of the IPL fixtures in Tamil Nadu.
KKR recovered from early jitters in their game against Kohli's RCB to chase down a challenging 177 target riding Narine's 19-ball 50 as he opened the batting again with deadpan swagger.
"If the matches are not stopped, the Chennai (CSK) team should wear black bands".
KKR lost two wickets in the form of Sunil Narine (12), and Chris Lynn (22) who failed to make the most of a reprieve when Deepak Chahar grassed a hard catch off Harbhajan's bowling. The English batsman was in top form today, hitting two fours and five sixes on the way to his half-century. At the same time, Lynn was not able to perform a particular performance in the previous match as expected. Along with Russell who was willing to take risk, the pair made some quick runs. Both the teams have won the IPL title two times each.
Billings was dropped on 9 by Robin Uthappa at mid off which could have made Chennai struggle at 129-4 in the 15th over.
The superstar, who is making his foray into politics, had objected to the IPL, joining the voices of many political parties, outfits and leading film personalities of the state who have been demanding a boycott of the sporting event. In the year 2014, he got Orange Cap too.
"It feels good, to come back after two years and win", Dhoni said as Chennai returned to the IPL after a two-year ban and played in front of the home fans. In the first innings of the match, Andre Russell was the star turner as he smashed the ball for 11 huge sixes. Not only this, Russell is considered to be one of the world's best players in the T-20 format. That really could have been a match-winning inning, but CSK came up with something equally special to knock these off.
The Top Billings: With 51 runs required from the final 24 balls and the game in the balance, it wasn't the ideal time for the set MS Dhoni to depart, but when he edged out it was left to Sam Billings to complete the mammoth run chase and he did just that.
None of the other bowlers of the ilk of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson and even Narine could bowl well though the West Indian mystery spinner was economical. Right now, R Vinay Kumar and Left-arm-fast bowler, Mitchell Johnson will play definitely. The IPL fans, especially those of CSK and KKR, will not like to see the match getting derailed due to a Political powerplay. At home, the hosts hold the edge over fellow two-time champions by a margin of 5-2.
Chennai Super Kings' return to their home at the MA Chidambaram Stadium after nearly three years was mired in political tension.