IPL 2018 | Match 33 | KKR vs CSK: Kolkata Knight Riders faced the Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens last night to score a win that has placed them in the third position.
KKR won the toss and chose to field, a wise decision from captain Dinesh Karthik’s side. Nitish Rana was out injured and was replaced by Rinku Singh.
Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson opened the innings for CSK, initiating a well-combined run rate until Plessis was taken off the field in the fifth over. Suresh Raina came in to replace him to continue the partnership only to be abandoned by Watson in the eleventh over. Ambati Rayudu came in and Raina went out. The awaited Dhoni-Rayudu partnership then took over the game for a mere two overs until Rayudu was bowled out. Last night turned out to be more of a tag team performance, preventing CSK from scoring above 200. Ravindra Jadeja was unable to support Dhoni and his presence in the line-up before Dwayne Bravo is to be questioned again. CSK ended with 177 runs for five.
Sunil Narine continued his good form in KKR and took down two crucial wickets.
KKR lost Chris Lynn very cheaply to Lungi Ngidi. Narine proved himself well on both fronts to win Man of the Match. Shubman Gill was the star of KKR’s batting front, however, with 57 runs off 36 balls. Partnered with Dinesh Karthik, they ended the game with 14 balls to spare.
CSK has always been known for their chasing expertise but their death bowling has become a well-known weakness that can be taken advantage of.
CSK will be playing against the Royal Challengers’ Bangalore on May 5th at Pune while KKR will clash against the Mumbai Indians on May 6th in Mumbai.