Kolkata Knight Riders are again in the enterprise as they defeated the mighty Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.
Defending a par complete of 168 and searching down and out at midway stage of the sport with Shane Watson (50) and Ambati Rayudu (30) taking the sport away, KKR turned the tide in the closing levels after some disciplined death-over bowling in a 10-run win.
Andre Russell turned out to be the architect of the win with his tidy 2-over spell of 18 runs, alongside with a wicket, in the closing levels. He was aptly backed by Sunil Narine (26/1) because the spinner coughed up essential three dot balls in the penultimate over to halt CSK at 157/5 on the finish.
Chasing, Chennai Super Kings needed to endure early jolt when Shivam Mavi eliminated in-form Faf du Plessis cheaply in the fourth over with 34 runs on the board. Du Plessis paid the worth for chasing an away transferring supply, which was edged to skipper Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps.
Being an skilled facet, CSK had been steered at a superb tempo from hereon by Shane Watson and no.3 Ambati Rayudu as they constructed an vital 51-ball 69 stand. The duo ensured that KKR weren’t allowed to consolidate early as they performed floor pictures to perfection with seven boundaries and a six in the partnership.
The partnership ended initially of the 13th over when Rayudu (30 off 27) shot Kamlesh Nagarkoti again of a brief size supply straight into the arms of Shubman Gill at long-on.
KKR made additional amends in the subsequent over when Sunil Narine caught Shane Watson lbw, however no earlier than the burly Aussie batsman shot his 21st IPL 50 and took CSK previous 100. This was quickly backed up by two fast and massive wickets of MS Dhoni and Sam Curran.
In at No.5 skipper MS Dhoni (11 off 12) couldn’t play the finisher on the day as he was clear bowled by Varun Chakravarthy in the 17th over. This was adopted by Andre Russell eradicating Curran (17 off 11) in the subsequent, with CSK feeling the warmth in the closing levels.
Earlier in the primary innnigs, CSK put up a masterclass of death over bowling to bowl out KKR for 167 on the Sheikh Zayed stadium. KKR had crossed the 100-run mark in 12th over however managed to attain simply 34 runs and misplaced 5 wickets in the final 4 overs.
KKR’s determination to advertise Rahul Tripathi to the highest of the order bore fruit because the Maharashtra batsman smashed 81 runs off 51 balls. Sunil Narine got here in at no.four and scored a quickfire 17 off 9 earlier than being dismissed due to a blinder of a mixed catch from Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis.
Narine seemed to hit Karn Sharma between long-on and deep midwicket and Jadeja ran to his proper earlier than placing in a dive to seemingly full the catch. However, he determined to relay the ball to du Plessis close by when he figured that he might slide in direction of the boundary rope.
Tripathi fell on the finish of the 17th over after which CSK dominated the proceedings.