In the 21st match of IPL 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 10 runs and registered their third win.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and decided to bat first. Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 154 runs in 20 overs in which Rahul Tripathi emerged as the top scorer. He scored the highest 81 runs off just 51 deliveries. In reply, Chennai Super Kings could only score 157 runs at the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. Shane Watson was the top scorer for CSK, scoring 50 runs off 40 deliveries.
Narine is One For us: Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik feels that every team has some key players in it and for them, it is Sunil Narine. Further backed Narine and said that 2-3 bad games doesn’t matter. Here it is worth noting that despite his poor performance, he is being selected every time in playing XI for KKR and this is why he has become the “centre of critics” nowadays.
“There are some key players for every team. Narine is one for us. Least we can do is back him. 2-3 poor games, doesn’t matter,” said Karthik in the post-match conference.
He also appreciated Rahul Tripathi for his outstanding performance. Tripathi smashed 81 runs off just 51 deliveries with the help of 8 fours and 3 sixes.
“Good to see Tripathi do the job at the top. The good thing about Russ is he’s very versatile. He can bat slightly up, slightly down.
“Our batting is very fluid. I started at three, today I batted at seven. The way those guys batted at the start, they batted very well. Back end I have a lot of trust in Sunil and Varun, paid off,” he added.
Kolkata Knight Riders will now lock horns with Kings XI Punjab on Saturday (October 10) in the first match of the double-header in Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu-Dhabi.