Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 10 in the 21st match of the 13th season of Indian Premier League (IPL). In the match played in Abu Dhabi, Kolkata won the toss and challenge Chennai with a target of 168 runs while batting first. In reply, Chennai Super Kings could only be able to score 157 runs for 5 wickets. Kolkata Knight Riders opener Rahul Tripathi scored the highest 81 runs for the team with the help of 8 four and 3 sixes.
The match was in Chennai’s control until the 13th over. In 13th over Watson’s dismissal became the turning point of the match. Kolkata’s Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakraborty, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell got 1-1 wickets. Kolkata has now moved to third in the points table with 6 points after this win.
Shane Watson’s Wicket – Turning Point of the Match
Chennai Super Kings had a great start. Shane Watson (50 runs) struck a 30-run opening partnership with Faf du Plessis (17 runs). This was followed by a 69-run partnership with Ambati Rayudu (30 runs).
Chennai completed 100 runs in 13 overs for 2 wickets. Then Watson was hunted by Sunil Narine LBW. From here, none of the Chennai batsmen, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (11 runs), could maintain the momentum brought by the openers.
Chennai’s Fourth Defeat In The Season
This is the fourth defeat of Chennai Super Kings in the season. CSK has played 6 matches so far, winning only 2 of them. With this defeat, Chennai is fifth in the points table with 4 points.
Kolkata Team Limited To 168 Runs
Earlier, KKR could score 168 runs while winning the toss and opted to bat first. Kolkata opener Rahul Tripathi batted brilliantly and scored 81 runs for the team. Rahul hit 8 fours and 3 sixes off 51 deliveries. At the same time, Dwayne Bravo of Chennai took 3 while Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and Sam Karan took 2-2 wickets.
Apart from KKR opener Rahul Tripathi, no batsman could do anything special for the team. Sunil Narine and Pat Cummins scored 17–17 runs. Captain Dinesh Karthik 12, Nitish Rana 9, Eoin Morgan 7 and Andre Russell scored only 2 runs. Kolkata was all out for 168 runs.
KKR Scored 52 Runs In Powerplay
For Kolkata, Rahul Tripathi started the innings with Shubman Gill. Both gave a decent start to the team and made a 37-run opening partnership. However, Shardul Thakur sends Shubman Gill (11 runs) back to the pavilion. His catch was caught by MS Dhoni.
Man Of The Match
Rahul Tripathi was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 81 off 51 deliveries with a strike rate of 158.8. he hits 8 fours and three sixes in his innings of 81 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders
S Gill, S Narine, N Rana, A Russell, D Karthik (c/wk), E Morgan, R Tripathi, P Cummins, K Nagarkoti, S Mavi, V Chakravarthy
Chennai Super Kings
S Watson, F du Plessis, A Rayudu, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c/wk), R Jadeja, S Curran, DJ Bravo, K Sharma, S Thakur, D Chahar