On a double-header, Sunday, the KKR vs CSK game of the ongoing IPL 2019 edition, has turned out to be a humdinger. However, Suresh Raina held his nerves to hand Chennai Super Kings (CSK) their seventh victory of the season. The late blitz from Ravindra Jadeja has helped CSK’s cause to register a five-wicket win over hosts Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The dominant visitors had overhauled the target of 162 in 19.4 overs. Jadeja remained unbeaten on 31* off 17 balls. However, Raina remained not out on 58 off 42 balls. He struck seven fours and a six.
With this win, CSK has bagged 14 points in eight games.
Raina’s fifty had set the base for the CSK when they were struggling. The experienced campaigner has played a ball according to the merit. Raina alongside Jadeja added an unbeaten 41-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
While eyeing to chase the target of 162, CSK had a wobbling when out of form, Shane Watson returned to the pavilion.
on the very fast ball of fourth over. Watson 6 (7) alongside Faf du Plessis post 29-run partnership for the opening wicket. The Australian all-rounder was trapped in front of the wickets by Harry Gurney.
In sixth over, Narine clean bowled in-form du Plessis at his personal score of 24 (16). During his knock, du Plessis struck five fours before marching back towards the hut.
Ambati Rayudu, who played a crucial role for the CSK against Rajasthan Royals (RR), looked a pale shadow. Rayudu faced 11 balls for his five. Also, Kedar Jadhav 20 (12) provided an early impetus before Piyush Chawla found him in front of the stumps.
CSK lost the fourth wicket in the form of Jadhav at the score of 81 in 11.1 overs.
However, for the fifth wicket, Raina alongside skipper MS Dhoni added 40 runs before Narine trapped Dhoni in front.
Interesting, after straight umpire raised the dreaded finger, Dhoni opted for a review which revealed ball was hitting the leg-stump. Dhoni managed to score 16 off 13 balls.
At the kick-off the proceedings, CSK skipper MS Dhoni won the toss to field first.
Hosts a brisk start before they lost a wicket in the form of Sunil Narine at team’s total of 38 in 4.5 overs. Mitchell Santner provided the first breakthrough after a brief discussion with skipper Dhoni.
Apart from opening batsman Chris Lynn, who returned in place of Joe Denly, slammed a fine fifty. He alongside Nitish Rana has knitted a 41-run partnership for the second wicket.
However, leg-spinner Imran Tahir bowled a superb 11th over of KKR’s innings when he dismissed Rana and Robin Uthappa. Interestingly, on both occasions, Faf du Plessis claimed catches which included a sensational running catch of Uthappa.
Rana has scored 21 off 18 balls with the help of three fours. Also, Uthappa returned on nought while facing his first delivery of the innings.
Furthermore, Lynn added 42 runs for the fourth wicket alongside Andre Russell.
On the first delivery of 15th over, Lynn was caught by Shardul Thakur on the bowling of Tahir. Lynn slammed 51-ball 82 with the help of seven fours and six sixes.
Skipper and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik faced 14 balls for his 18. He was caught by du Plessis on the bowling of Thakur. Also, Russell in his short stay score 10 off four balls before substitute Dhruv Shorey claimed a simple catch.
Before the completion of the first innings, Shubman Gill scored 15 off 20 balls. Piyush Chawla remained unbeaten on four of five balls. Kuldeep Yadav was the last man to go when Dhoni whipped off the bails as Kuldeep aimed to complete a single.
The hosts managed 161 for the loss of eight wickets.
For CSK, Tahir was the chief architect with the ball. He bagged four wickets while giving away 27 runs in his four overs. Thakur claimed two wickets in four overs by conceding just 18 runs. On the other side, Santner has managed a solitary wicket of pinch-hitter Narine 2 (7).