Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered another easy win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday, April 14 in Kolkata.
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, Kolkata openers Chris Lynn started off really well. However, another opener Sunil Narine failed to score. Apart from Lynn, other batsmen couldn’t do well as Imran Tahir bagged a 4-wicket haul. Lynn scored 82 off 51 and helped Kolkata to put up 161 on board.
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Chasing 162, Chennai got off to a flying start. But Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got out very cheaply. Later, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni also failed to score big. However, Suresh Raina scored a 42-ball 58* and Ravindra Jadeja scored a 17-ball 31* and guided Chennai to a comfortable win.
Here are the three talking points:
Batting dismal after a flying start
Asked to bat first, Kolkata openers Chris Lynn took on Deepak Chahar from the very first over. He hit two back to back boundaries while he hit for a maximum and two more boundaries in Chahar’s second over. Lynn didn’t leave Shardul Thakur as well. He hit two boundaries in the fourth over as well and powered Kolkata to 33 within four overs.
To stop the run-flow, Chennai captain MS Dhoni brought left-arm orthodox bowler Mitchell Santner in the attack as both the openers struggled to play left-arm spinners. However, Santner was successful to give a breakthrough as he dismissed Sunil Narine for 2 and Kolkata managed to put up 49 for 1 within the powerplay.
Chris Lynn, on the other hand, hit big shots in nearly every overs as he smashed Santner for a maximum over long-on. Lynn scored his eighth IPL fifty in the 9th over and Kolkata put up 77 runs in 10 overs.
However, from 11th over, wickets started falling at a regular interval, courtesy, Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul. Though, Lynn smashed three sixes and a boundary off Jadeja in the 14th over before his dismissal in the next over. Imran Tahir’s brilliant spell and Shardul Thakur’s brilliant comeback for his second spell dismantled Kolkata’s batting and restricted them within 161 after 20 overs.
Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul
After Chris Lynn’s blitzy start and Nitish Rana’s stable knock, Kolkata was pretty much in a great place after 10 overs as they put up 77 on board. But Imran Tahir had some other plans.
All of a sudden, Kolkata thought to score big and started hitting big. However, Nitish Ranawas the first one to fall for 21. Tahir picked up Robin Uthappa in the same over within a span of three deliveries of his second over.
He came back in the 15th over and dismissed the dangerous looking Chris Lynn for 82 off 51, including seven boundaries and six sixes. Andre Russell who took Tahir in the next two deliveries for a mid-wicket boundary and a maximum. Everyone was hoping for a blitzy innings from him but Tahir dismissed Russell in the very next delivery. Russell was trying for a slog-sweep but ended up giving a long-on catch to Dhruv Shorey. Though the final over went wicketless, Tahir ended up his spell with the figures of 4-0-27-4.
Ravindra Jadeja’s crucial knock
Ravindra Jadeja has once again proved his worth in the Chennai team and showcased his batting skill to everyone. Though he didn’t have a good day with the ball, he did make up with the bat.
Chasing 162, though Chennai got off to a great start, they lost their opener Shane Watson for mere 6 in the 4th over. However, Faf du Plessis also troubled the bowlers but he was also got dismissed in the final over of the powerplay for 24 off 16 by Sunil Narine.
Middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu was seen struggling and was dismissed after scoring only 5 off 11. However, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni also couldn’t do well.
Dhoni’s dismissal brought Ravindra Jadeja at the crease. Chennai were needed 41 runs off 4.2 overs. In-form Suresh Raina was there at the crease and Kolkata was looking at the favourable position at that time. But Jadeja was determined to win the game for his side.
Jadeja took 9 runs in the 17th over off Prasidh Krishna. They scored 8 runs in the next over off Sunil Narine. But Jadeja changed gears and hit three consecutive boundaries and collected 16 runs off the England seamer Harry Gurney in the penultimate over.
16 runs in the 19th over brought the equation down to eight runs in the final over. Jadeja hit a boundary in the first ball of the final over off Piyush Chawla and later took two singles and two runs from the next three balls and sealed the deal for Chennai. He remained unbeaten on 31 in 17 balls alongside Suresh Raina; who scored 58 off 42 and helped Chennai to win the game.