Even though bowler Deepak Chahar did a great job in the powerplay, CSK’s total of 144 runs wasn’t enough to beat KKR.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by six wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match. After the game, MS Dhoni said that the dew made the difference and that spinners had an advantage in the first innings, which kept his team from making a big score. Rinku Singh and Nitish Rana’s important 50s helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday. This kept KKR’s hopes of making the playoffs alive.
“One of those days when you win the toss and bat first, but as soon as the first ball is bowled in the second innings, you realize it’s a 180 wicket.” If we had batted first, I don’t think we could have come close to 180. I think the dew made a big difference. Dhoni said after the game, “When you compare the first and second innings, the spinners had a lot more purchase in the first innings, and that’s what really got to us.”
“(No one is to blame for the loss) I think so. When it’s not clear if there will be dew, the choice (at the toss) gets a little harder. And, as I said before, it might have been hard to get 150 runs against their spinners if you won the toss and chose to bowl first. If there was no dew in the second innings, it would have been hard to chase. So, we can’t really blame either the hitter or the bowler for this loss. The leader said, “They gave it their all, but the weather had a big effect on the game.”
CSK decided to bat first, but in 20 overs, they could only score 144 runs. Shivam Dube hit 48 runs in 34 balls, Devon Conway hit 30 runs in 28 balls, and Ravindra Jadeja hit 20. For the sixth wicket, Dube and Jadeja put up 68 runs together.
The best bowler for KKR was Sunil Narine, who took 2/15 in four overs. Varun Chakravarthy (2/36), who was also playing, took a couple of wickets. Both Vaibhav Arora and Shardul Thakur took out a batsman.
At one point, KKR was 33/3 in the chase for 145. Then, KKR got back into the game when captain Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh put up 99 runs together. Nitish hit 57 runs off 44 balls, which included six fours and a six. Rinku hit 54 runs off 43 balls, which included four fours and three sixes. With six wickets left, it took KKR 18.3 overs to get to the score.
Deepak Chahar (3/27) was CSK’s best bowler and hurt KKR’s top order right away.
CSK is in second place. They have won seven games, lost five, and tied once. All together, they have 15 points. KKR is in eighth place with 12 points, having won six games and lost seven.
Rinku’s 50 got him the “Player of the Match” award.