Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has locked horn with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 9 where CSK claimed an easy win. 

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to field first at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Asked to bat first, Kolkata were hoping to put up a huge total but their plan flopped as soon both the openers got dismissed within 2 overs. They failed to stable the innings and reduced to 29-6 after the powerplay. However, Russell scored an unbeaten fifty and led his team to 108 after 20 overs.

Chasing the total, Chennai also lost their opener Shane Watson for 17. However, a 13-ball 14 from Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu’s 21-ball 31 and Faf du Plessis’ unbeaten 43 guided them to register an easy win over Kolkata with 2.4 overs to spare.

Here are the three talking points:

Deepak Chahar’s early strike

Kolkata has been in a great position with their all-round performances in this season of IPL. Put into bat, Kolkata faced two big losses. Deepak Chahar handed over the first breakthrough to his team as he dismissed Chris Lynn in the very first over for a five-ball duck.

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The second one was Nitish Rana; who misjudged the ball and ended up giving an easy catch to Rayudu at short mid-wicket region. In his 3rd over, he dismissed Robin Uthappa after the batsman scoring mere 11 runs and finished his figure with a brilliant spell of 4-0-20-3.

A slow start in the powerplay

For the first time in this IPL, Kolkata found themselves in a critical situation. Due to economical spells from Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, and Imran Tahir, Kolkata never looked dominating. 

On the other hand, Chahar’s opening spell dismantled Kolkata’s batting. Soon they reduced to 29/4 after the powerplay. They managed to put up 47 runs in 10 overs. Later a rather stable-knock from Andre Russell helped them to put up 108 on board.

Piyush Chawla’s catch

Piyush Chawla took a stunner to send back Suresh Raina in the dugout on Tuesday when he ran towards back from mid-on. Suresh Raina was playing steadily during the powerplay and already hit a boundary and a maximum. 

But he mistimed Sunil Narine’s length ball and hit a slog sweep. The ball went up and Chawla took a brilliant catch after covering a huge distance and with a dive.

However, their total was pretty low and easily chasable. Hence, Chennai won the game convincingly.

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