Sam Billings starred as Chennai Super Kings enjoyed a successful IPL homecoming with a thrilling five-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in a run-laden encounter at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.
Chennai, playing their first fixture at home since 2015 following a two-year ban for illegal betting, were set an imposing target of 203 after Andre Russell bludgeoned 11 sixes - six of them off fellow West Indian Dwayne Bravo, one of which flew out of the stadium - in a 36-ball 88 not out to rescue Kolkata from 89-5.
But Billings (56 off 23) nailed five maximums of his own, including back-to-back efforts off Russell in the 18th over, before Ravindra Jadeja smeared the penultimate ball of Vinay Kumar's error-strewn final over for six to spark wild Chennai celebrations.
Bravo - whose 30-ball 68 helped the Super Kings pull off a stunning comeback win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener on Saturday - also helped himself to a maximum from the first delivery of the 20th, a no-ball, as England's Tom Curran (2-39) suffered defeat on his IPL debut.
Chennai looked up against it following Russell's onslaught, one which ensured KKR racked up 113 from the final 10 overs as they posted 202-6, Curran (2no) with the all-rounder at the end.
Shane Watson (42 off 19) and Ambati Rayudu (39 off 26) ensured there was a boundary-filled start to the Chennai reply, before Curran ousted the former in his first IPL over and spinner Sunil Narine strangled the run rate in the middle overs, including the wicket of calf-injury victim Suresh Raina.
Billings, not selected for Saturday's game in Mumbai, joined forces with MS Dhoni (25 off 28) in the middle of the 12th over with Chennai requiring 102, and went on to blast Curran for three sixes before lofting his England team-mate to long-off in the 19th over.
Super Kings were left needing 17 from Kumar's last six balls but that did not prove too steep, with Jadeja launching the seamer over long-on to win the match and delight the Chennai faithful.
Wednesday's IPL offering sees Rajasthan Royals, featuring England's Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, take on Jason Roy and Liam Plunkett's Delhi Daredevils in Jaipur. Coverage begins live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) at 3pm.
Chennai are next in action at Kings XI Punjab on Sunday (3pm, Sky Sports Cricket), with Kolkata looking to bounce back against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday (3pm, Sky Sports Cricket).