Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 10 runs in the 21st match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
In their chase of 168, CSK lost their in-form batsman Faf du Plessis (17) when the team’s score was 30 after 3.4 overs. However, Shane Watson (50) from where he left in the previous game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
Watson added a crucial 60-run partnership with Ambati Rayudu (30) before the Andhra Pradesh batsman threw his wicket off Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s bowling by giving a simple catch to Shubman Gill at long-on.
CSK were 99/2 when Rayudu walked back to the pavilion, and right after his wicket, a collapse in batting took place. Two runs later, set batsman Watson was adjudged lbw by Sunil Narine. Soon, Varun Chakravarthy cleaned up MS Dhoni (11), and Andre Russell sent Sam Curran (17) back into the dugout.
In the end, CSK could only reach 157/5, losing the contest by 10 runs.
Rahul Tripathi pushes KKR to 167
Earlier, KKR opened with Rahul Tripathi instead of Sunil Narine, and the move worked out for them as Rahul turned out to be the lone warrior for his side. He continued his excellent touch from the last game and scored 81 off just 51 balls with the help of 8 fours and 3 sixes.
However, Rahul got no support from any other batsmen as KKR were bundled out for 167 in their allotted 20 overs. One could understand the failure of KKR batters with the fact that apart from Rahul, no other batter was able to cross even 20-run mark.
For the ‘Yellow Army’, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was the star with the ball as he picked up 3 wickets for 37 runs. Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran and Karn Sharma also bagged two wickets each.
Karn, who was playing his first game in IPL 2020, was the least expensive bowler for CSK. The leg-spinner conceded 25 runs at the economy of 6.20 in his quota of four overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) October 7, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 7, 2020
Well who am I to question the tactics of @Bazmccullum and @DineshKarthik …. what a fine 10 over block in the back end of that match … fabulous bowling. Never seen @ChennaiIPL squeezed like that before 👏👏👏👏
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) October 7, 2020
Great captaincy by @DineshKarthik 👏 The way he used spinners in the second half and also so gutsy to finish Cummins overs so early in the match. Definitely, better plans and even better execution.#KKRvCSK #KKRvsCSK #IPL2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 7, 2020
Most unsuccessful chases for #CSK in an IPL season:
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 7, 2020
77 needed in the last 10 overs with 8 wkts in hand . KKR dodged a bullet today but credit to their bowlers too #KKRvsCSK
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) October 7, 2020
KORECHE… LORECHHE… JITECHHE…
As I said before, it won’t be easy to chase down 168 at Abu Dhabi… Huge win this for @KKRiders… This win against the mighty @ChennaiIPL will give enormous confidence to #KKR.#IPL2020 #KKRvsCSK
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) October 7, 2020
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) October 7, 2020
Kedar Jadhav Weak Zones today!! pic.twitter.com/lMzQvVvqyy
— Ethir Katchi (@sudhanks) October 7, 2020
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) October 7, 2020
Fans begging CSK managment to drop Kedar jadhav from playing 11. pic.twitter.com/oesOz0pgK7
— Dilli se (@kiroriwalanuj) October 7, 2020
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) October 7, 2020
— Lokesh (@LokeshJey) October 7, 2020