The city of Kolkata witnessed a high-power match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday at their very own Eden Gardens. KKR was under pressure playing against the top seeder CSK. The Knight Riders have lost 12 out of 19 times they faced Chennai, including their last match which they lost by 5 wickets.
Kolkata started off well, winning the toss and deciding to bowl first. Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis opened the innings for Chennai.
A power start by Watson throwing a straight four, on Mitchell Johnson’s ball met with loud cheers. Du Plessis further continues the game with another four going off the boundary. CSK are 10/1 in 1st over. Piyush Chawla came up next for balling, Plessis knocks another four, followed by one more. Chennai made 18 runs by the 2nd over while Plessis kept hitting fours on Mavi’s balls.
Narine did some great bowling and stopped the run flow momentarily before Watson shot a four. He got a lifeline from Johnson who missed a ball to add another four runs for Chennai. Plessis returned in the game with back to back sixes to help Chennai reach 48 runs in just 5 overs. However, he was sent back to the dugout by Chawla, who deceived him with a googly.
Along came Raina, who hit a four as soon as he arrived. Despite this, the run rate refused to increase. By the end of the 10th over, Chennai was 91 for the loss of 2 wickets.
Raina went out for 31 runs. Soon after, he was joined by the CSK heartthrob Ambati Rayudu, who was clean bowled by Narine at 21. The Kolkata crowd cheered against their own team as Captain Dhoni went on strike. He managed to play carefully in the beginning, followed by several fours and classy sixes in the match. The team reached a respectable score of 117 for 5 in 20 overs.
When Knight Riders came to bad, Chris Lynn was in no mood to wait for the match to finish. He managed back to back sixes on Ngidi’s balls in the very first over. However, he was caught by him for an LBW soon after. CSK was a victim of poor fielding as Uthappa and Narine kept hitting fours. The second opener, Narine, went out for 32. He was followed by Rinku Singh who was sent out by Bhajji. The team’s victory then landed on the shoulders of Karthik and Gill, who also made his debut half-century in the tournament. In just 17.2 overs, KKR were 171 for four wickets. The winning shot came from the bat of skipper Karthik, who led the team to win by 6 wickets.
Following this match, KKR moves a step ahead in the points table with 10 points to march to the third position. CSK fell from their top spot and landed behind Sunrisers Hyderabad at number 2 with 12 points. If teams in the bottom half perform well and Kings XI Punjab continues to win matches, then both the teams could be in trouble.