Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) returned Wednesday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with 10 runs in Match 21 of the 2020 Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL).
KKR v CSK IPL Match 21 Highlights
Rahul Tripathi, who came into the game with 16 balls after his 36-run strike against Delhi Capitals, opened the innings alongside Shubman Gill after KKR took the strike.
The top of the order worked for KKR when Tripathi scored 23 of the 36 runs KKR scored in the first four overs. The Tripathi-Gill partnership was broken in the fifth game when Shardul fired Thakur Gill after the right-hander ousted one to MS Dhoni.
Tripathi continued to score, however. He hit Deepak Chahar for a six when KKR went over fifty in the final of the power play. Karn Sharma, moved to the side in place of Piyush Chawla, gave CSK the second breakthrough in the ninth round when Nitish Rana was hidden in the deep.
Tripathi then brought up his fifty in the 10th round before Sunil Narine, who exited in 4th place, hit a six and a four ahead of Dwayne Bravo as KKR scored 19 points and went over 90.
Sharma picked his second wicket of the game thanks to a brilliant season catch in the depths from Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis. Jadeja dived parallel to the ground in the middle of the wicket and held onto the ball. But when he got closer to the boundary rope after the dive, he was conscious of throwing it towards du Plessis who completed the catch.
KKR was 98/3 out of 12 overs when Narine got out and still had the likes of Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik to beat. But
While Tripathi continued his impressive feat with the bat, CSK managed to pull things back and sack Morgan and Russell within 14 runs. Curran fired Morgan for 7 with a short ball before Thakur took Russell out for 2 on 16th.
Bravo then finished Tripathi’s 51-ball innings with 81 runs after the right-hander caught the short third man. Cummins then hit a four and a six in the 18th, but CSK continued when Curran caught Kathik on the third man. Bravo picked two wickets in his final game when CSK lead KKR for 167.
While the bowlers shared the booty with Bravo, who plucked three wickets and Curran, Thakur, and Sharma scalped two wickets each, Dhoni took four catches and was involved in one slip.
In the chase, CSK had quickly vanished from the blocks when du Plessis and Shane Watson took off from where they left against Kings XI Punjab, scoring 30/0 out of 3.3 overs.
But Shivam Mavi gave KKR their first breakthrough, sacking du Plessis for 17th Watson despite continuing in the same vein, while Rayudu kicked off immediately when CSK tackled their fifty on power play.
The Watson-Rayudu pair completed the 50-run stand in the tenth round. Shortly after Watson hit two fours to get closer to his fifty when CSK hit the 90-run mark. KKR picked their second wicket when Kamlesh Nagarkoti fired Rayudu for 30 on the 13th.
Watson, meanwhile, was bringing up his second half-century straight IPL 2020 ahead of the strategic timeout. But Narine caught Watson at the gates shortly thereafter when CSK lost two wickets in two overs. CSK took 58 of the last 5 overs and Curran aimed at Narine, hitting a six and a four to bring the target down to 44 from the last four overs.
Varun Chakravarthy threw the 17th bowling and took the big wicket from Dhoni after the CSK skipper got out for 11. KKR attacked Russell in the 18th and he hit his first ball, scalping Curran’s wicket and conceding no more than three runs.
With 36 hits required by the last two overs, CSK hit two fours in the penultimate over bowling by Narine. Russell then dropped two bullets at the start of the final, and while Jadeja scored two fours and a six, KKR secured a 10-run win.