Twitter Reactions: Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik power KKR to an easy win over CSK at home

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Teenager Shubman Gill hit his maiden IPL half-century to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an easy six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Eden Gardens on Thursday night.

In reply to CSK’s 177-5, the 18-year-old scored an unbeaten 57 off 36 balls, including six fours and two sixes, as KKR finished on 180-4 with 14 balls to spare. He put on an unbroken 83 off 36 deliveries for the fifth wicket with skipper Dinesh Karthik to see his team home.

Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis opened for CSK and the batsmen did not face much resistance from the bowlers. Soon, there came a turn as Du Plessis was trapped under experienced leg-spinner Piyush Chawla’s googly. It was a smooth sailing for the visitors during the major portion of their innings. They crossed the 100-run mark in the 12th over and Kuldeep Yadav got the better of Suresh Raina in the same over. Sunil Narine struck a blow to CSK by removing in-form Ambati Rayudu cheaply.

MS Dhoni swung into action and kept sending the ball into the crowd, during the process he got a lifeline too as he was dropped in the 18th over. CSK put up 178 runs on the board in their full quota of 20 overs.

Chasing a target of 178 runs, Kolkata Knight Riders openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn came to bat and Lungi Ngidi got an early breakthrough as Lynn walked back towards pavilion in the first over.

Robin Uthappa replaced Lynn, Narine got two consecutive lifelines, courtesy below-par efforts from Ravindra Jadeja who dropped him twice in the second over. After Narine, Shubhman Gill and Rinku Singh kept the fight alive for a brief.

Gill continued scoring runs for the team and completed his half-century, Karthik gave him company and contributed 45 runs.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to KKR’s win over CSK:

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