Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 18 runs.
The CSK team had an opener that was maligned, come back to form, and the other opener went up to 95 not out. They managed a total of 220 for 3 and they had the opposite team 31 for 5 down inside the power play. It was then that the CSK team ran into Andre Russell who was at his best in ball-smashing, and also Pat Cummins morphed into Dre 2.0. The KKR team continued hammering at the target though it was hopeless. The CSK team managed to win by 18 runs in the last over.
Russell hit a fifty off 21 balls when he came after 5 wickets were down. After Russell got out, Cummin came in to bat and managed a 50 off 23 balls. But, the CSK team had put in a bit too many runs and also managed to take many wickets. The KKR team had to give up with 202 all out in 19.1 over’s. Cummin was at 66 unconquered and the last 2 wickets were run out.
Deepak Chahar managed to leave the KKR team in tatters with the powerplay heroics. His figures, 4 for 29 can be considered ‘excellent’.
The CSK team managed their total by 50’s from Ruturaj Gaikwad (64 runs off 42 balls) and Faf du Plessis (95 off 60).
Gaikwad repaid the faith
The CSK team had faith in Gaikwad even though he came into the game with 5, 5, and 10, and there was a lot of pressure to bench him. He managed to repay this faith in a spectacular manner. He started in the 2nd over by taking Pat Cummins for 4 and 6 to get the flying start for the CSK team.
Gaikwad was severe with the pace bowlers, and took all of Russell, Cummins, Krishna and Nagarkoti. Du Plessis, on the other hand, managed the balance by punishing Chakravarthy. Sunil Narine emerged unscathed. He managed to take 1 for 34 in 4 over’s.
Both the openers were going on at a pace but Gaikwad managed to get to his 50 first off 33 balls. He got out in the 13th over, after managing a run-stand of 115. His innings proved he was back in form.
Du Plessis came to 50 off 35 balls and continued the pace till the innings ended. The CSK team took on a gamble when they sent in MS Dhoni ahead of Jadeja and Curran. He managed some good hits and the CSK team ended up with a ‘massive’ total.
The final blow that came from the KKR team was in the form of Cummins. He managed to keep this impossible chase alive by hitting sixes sans any effort. Curran helplessly watched an over disappear for 30 runs. In the end, the KKR team needed 20 runs off the final over. All that was required were 3 good blows. For this it was important that Cummin takes the strike. This did not happen and the game was over for the KKR team.