Lee stars in Kolkata victory

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Australia’s Brett Lee conceded just eight runs in four overs as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings by 10 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-hit Indian Premier League match in Kolkata overnight.

Kolkata were 2 for 61 in 10 overs chasing a modest 115-run target when play was called off due to rain at the Eden Gardens.

South African Jacques Kallis was unbeaten on 21 and Manoj Tiwary on 15 not out.

Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu cracked a half-century and Munaf Patel took two quick wickets to help Mumbai Indians post a 32-run win over Delhi Daredevils in Mumbai.

Rayudu made a 39-ball 59 and seamer Patel finished with 2 for 29 as Mumbai bowled Delhi out for 146 after scoring 4 for 178 to boost their chances of qualifying for the next round of the tournament.

Australian James Hopes top-scored with 55 for Delhi, which suffered its seventh defeat in 11 matches.

Australian paceman Lee and left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla played key roles in restricting Chennai to a small total on a slow pitch, despite a fighting 54 from Subramaniam Badrinath.

Abdulla took one wicket in his four overs, giving away 15 runs.

It was Kolkata’s seventh win in 11 matches and Chennai’s fourth defeat in 10 games of the Twenty20 tournament.

Mumbai and Kolkata now jointly lead the 10-team league table with 14 points, followed by Chennai (12), Bangalore (11), Rajasthan (11), Kochi (10), Delhi (8), Deccan (6), Punjab (6) and Pune (4).

Chennai earlier failed to post a competitive total after electing to bat despite a half-century from Badrinath, who hit two sixes and three fours in his 41-ball knock before being run out in the last over.

Badrinath put on 65 for the fourth wicket in the last nine overs with South African Albie Morkel, who contributed a run-a-ball 30 not out.

Chennai struggled for runs, scoring 40 in the opening 10 overs. There were just two sixes and six fours in the entire innings.

The first big shot came in the 10th over when Badrinath lofted off-spinner Yusuf Pathan over long-on for a six. He then pulled seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji over mid-wicket for another six.

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