Match: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Toss: Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opt to bowl.
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Tom Curran, Kuldeep Yadav
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur.
Analysis of First Inning
Kolkata Knight Riders Batting–Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn are the two openers for KKR. Deepak Chahar begins the proceedings for CSK with the ball.FOUR! Lynn clears the ball inside the circle. Anything outside off stump is bread and butter for him. KKR 4/0.SIX! Back-to-back maximums for Narine. What a shot by Narine. Superb shot. He strikes it so cleanly. Clean as you like. Good first over for the batting side. KKR 18/1 in 1 over.WICKET! Kolkata Knight Riders lose their first wicket as Sunil Narine departs for 12 vs CSK | KKR 19/1 in 1.3 over.FOUR! Loosener by Shane Watson. Lynn destroys the poor delivery. Anything on off stump and the ball races to the boundary. KKR 25/1.FOUR! Beats the man in the outfield for a boundary. A good shot by Lynn. Outside leg and Lynn connects it well. KKR 29/1.FOUR! Watson is leaking boundaries. Uthappa beats the slip as the third man is quite square. KKR 33/1.WICKET! Lynn is clean bowled by Jadeja. Kolkata Knight Riders lose their second wicket as Chris Lynn departs for 22 vs CSK | KKR 51/2 in 5.2 overs.WICKET! Kolkata Knight Riders lose their third wicket as Nitish Rana departs for 16 vs CSK. No need for Rana to play that shot which hit his pads. An easy catch for Dhoni. KKR 80/3 in 8.1 overs.Kolkata Knight Riders lose their fourth wicket as Robin Uthappa departs for 29 vs CSK. A crucial wicket for Chennai. Utter chaos in the middle. Uthappa is run out. Really unlucky to get dismissed that ways. KKR 81/4 in 8.2 overs.
Andre Russell’s unbeaten 88 took Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to 202/6 in 20 overs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Tuesday. After a mellow start, Russell went on the offensive, hitting 11 sixes in the process. He spared no Chennai bowler as he hammered them equally all over the park. Every six of his silenced the home crowd. Robin Uthappa (29) and captain Dinesh Karthik (26) chipped with decent contributions helping their team reach a 200+ score. Chennai skipper used seven bowlers as they were getting hit for boundaries quite often. Shane Watson returned with bowling figures of 2/39 while Harbhajan Singh (1/11), Ravindra Jadeja (1/19) and Shardul Thakur (1/37) shared a wicket each between them. The batting side kept losing wickets at regular intervals but the batsmen ensured they kept the run-rate going.
- Powerplay: 64 runs, 2 wickets
- Kolkata Knight Riders: 50 runs in 5.1 overs
- Kolkata Knight Riders: 100 runs in 11.3 overs
- 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 38 balls (Dinesh Karthik 14, Andre Russell 40)
- Kolkata Knight Riders: 150 runs in 16.4 overs
- Andre Russell: 50 off 26 balls (1 x four, 6 x sixes)
- Kolkata Knight Riders: 200 runs in 19.6 overs
- Innings Break: Kolkata Knight Riders – 202/6 in 20 overs
Fall Of Wickets-1-19 (Narine, 1.3 ov), 2-51 (Lynn, 5.2 ov) , 3-80 (Rana, 8.1 ov) , 4-81 (Uthappa, 8.2 ov) , 5-89 (Singh, 9.6 ov) , 6-165 (Karthik, 17.4 ov)
Analysis of Second Inning
Sam Billings was awestruck when Chennai Super Kings picked him for Rs 1 crore at the IPL 2018 auction. That he would be sharing the dressing-room with MS Dhoni reportedly gave the 26-year-old Englishman goosebumps. On a day, when CSK returned home after two years, Billings rose to stardom with a match-winning 23-ball 56, while his captain looked a pale shadow of his past. Dhoni’s labored 28-ball 25 pushed his team on the precipice, with 203 being the victory target. Billings, in for the injured Kedar Jadhav, snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
The ‘yellow army’ went into the celebration overdrive when Ravindra Jadeja sent Vinay Kumar about 20 rows back over long-on to seal an incredible five-wicket win, with one ball remaining. Billings’ Man of the Match performance made it happen.
To be fair, CSK had been going great guns in their reply, thanks to an excellent opening partnership between Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu. Watson raced to 42 off 19 balls before getting out. Rayudu, too, was going with a strike-rate of over 200. CSK were 75/1 after Powerplay. KKR captain, Dinesh Karthik, however, had Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav up his sleeve. They started bowling in tandem. Yadav removed Rayudu, Narine snapped up Suresh Raina. Yadav conceded only 13 runs in his first spell of two overs. Together they were choking the hosts. But Billings went gung-ho, and Karthik probably missed a trick by not giving Yadav his full quota of four overs.
- Powerplay: 75 runs, 1 wicket
- Chennai Super Kings: 50 runs in 3.4 overs
- 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 22 balls (Shane Watson 29, Ambati Rayudu 23)
- Chennai Super Kings: 100 runs in 10.6 overs
- Chennai Super Kings: 150 runs in 15.5 overs
- 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 27 balls (MS Dhoni 18, Sam Billings 29)
- Sam Billings: 50 off 21 balls (2 x fours, 4 x sixes)
- Chennai Super Kings: 200 runs in 19.5 overs
Fall Of Wickets-1-75 (Watson, 5.5 ov) ,2-85 (Rayudu, 8.3 ov) ,3-101 (Raina, 11.3 ov) ,4-155 (Dhoni, 16.3 ov) ,5-184 (Billings, 18.4 ov)
Man of the Match: Sam Billings, for his 23-ball 56.
Karthik: “Look, CSK had great support and we were expecting that. Hats off to them. Frustrating not to defend 202, but well done to Andre. These things happen in T20 cricket, so you’ve got to keep your chin up and move on. Basically, you need to know that you’ll lose some games, so it’s important to take the positives and not repeat our mistakes.”
Dhoni: “It feels good, to come back after two years and win. The crowd deserved the first innings, the second innings. Everybody has their own emotion levels, but in the dugout, we like to keep faith in our batsmen or bowler at a particular time. Positive energy helps. My pulse rises too – and that’s why we have a dressing room. I express myself in the dressing room but not in the dugout. If you’re too expressive in the field, then commentators get a lot of things to talk about. It’s good to see Sam bat the way he batted. Yes, we did go for runs, and Kolkata did bat well. Bowlers from both sides had a rough time, but I’m sure the crowd enjoyed.”