CSK Register Seventh Win, Beat KKR by Five Wickets

KKR vs CSK Match Summary

KKR vs CSK Match Summary

KKR vs CSK Match Summary: Chennai Super Kings have now two out of two wins against KKR in the tournament. Suresh Raina struck his first half-century in the tournament as he steered CSK to register their seventh win in eight matches.

Batting first, KKR posted 161-8 in 20 overs in the first innings. Chris Lynn played another wonderful knock for KKR, who smashed six sixes and seven fours in his swashbuckling knock of 82 runs off 51 balls. In-form players with the likes of Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, and Andre Russell failed to entertain the fans at Eden Garden as the trio fell without making a significant contribution on this occasion.

However, with Chris Lynn hammering all-round and Andre Russell at the crease, KKR were on course to post a total over 180 at a lightning fast Eden Gardens ground, however, South-African spinner Imran Tahir once again put the brakes on KKR, claiming both Lynn and Russel’s wicket in one over.

Imran Tahir proved to be CSK’s successful bowler, claiming four wickets in his quota of four overs.  

Shubhman Gill and skipper Dinesh Karthik too couldn’t last long, as KKR could only post 161 at the end of 20 overs.

Chennai Super Kings came out firing in the second innings, with Du Plessis going hammer and tongs at KKR bowlers. The South African skipper smashed four fours to Andre Russell in his first over, as CSK were raced to 29 for not in three overs.  

However, Gurney then accounted for out-of-form Shane Watson, who once again departed on a low score. Shane Watson’s form is certainly a sign of worry for CSK, as it’s time when they should look out for someone to replace the Australian batsman.

CSK were well placed at 44-1 after five overs. KKR needed another wicket as Sunil Narine gave them the much-needed wicket of Du Plessis on 24. Ambati Rayudu couldn’t replicate the performance he showcased the last time around. The right-handed batsman gave a straight forward catch to Uthappa, departing for just five off Piyush Chawla.

Dhoni sent Jadhav ahead of him, who, seemingly, came with a see-the-ball, hit-the-ball intent, hammering three fours and one six in his stay at the crease. Jhadav looked solid for his 20 off 12 balls until Chawla got him leg before in the twelfth over.

It was one of rare Dhoni innings when the former Indian skipper departed early in the innings against a bowler he doesn’t boast of a good record. Narine trapped Dhoni leg-before on 16, as CSK were left in all sorts of trouble, needing 42 runs in 26 balls.

Perhaps, it was one occasion to just sit and watch Suresh Raina’s masterclass. The Southpaw made sure he doesn’t give away his wicket easily, as along with Ravindra Jadeja guide CSK to a five-wicket-win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

Raina scored an unbeaten 58 off 42 balls, while Ravindra Jadeja played a spectacular cameo of 31 runs off just 17 deliveries only to see their team home in 19.4 overs.

Imran Tahir won the Man of The Match award for his impressive figures of 4 for 27 in his four overs.  

KOLKATA – 161/8 (20.0)

CHENNAI – 162/5 (19.4)


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