Match 21 Oct 7: Tripathi, Russell, and Narine help KKR register their 3rd win

KKR won the toss and chose to bat first. KKR made no changes to the playing 11, whereas CSK picked Karn Sharma ahead of Piyush Chawla. KKR, even though didn’t change the playing 11, made several changes to their batting order.  

They opened with Rahul Tripathi and Gill; the pair batted well until Gill got dismissed by Thakur in the 5th over. Nitish Rana came in next and made sure that they reached a good powerplay score of 52. Nitish Rana got out to Karn Sharma in the 9th over, but Rahul Tripathi was batting beautifully. 

Rahul Tripathi playing a lofted shot | Image: iplt20.com
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To everyone’s surprise, Sunil Narine came into bat at number 4, and with spinners operating in the middle overs, he was playing only one way. It was clear that he was sent out to hit the spinners out of the park from ball one. He was pretty much successful until Jadeja took a splendid catch to get rid of him only to pass it on to his partner Faf as he was going to touch the boundary ropes. 

Jadeja’s catch to dismiss Narine | Image: Hotstar

Rahul Tripathi reached his fifty in the 10th over and was all set to get a big score here. Morgan and Rusell, who came in after the dismissal of Narine, were not able to get going and were sent back to the pavilion pretty cheaply. 

Russell’s wicket | Image: iplt20.com

Rahul played well until the 17th over, where he shipped the ball straight into the hands of Shane Watson. He was dismissed for 81, and with three overs remaining, it would be fair to say that he missed out on a well-deserved century.

None of the other batsmen fired for KKR; this meant that the CSK bowlers were able to restrict them to 167. 

CSK’s Chase

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Chasing a modest total of 168, CSK got a good start by their openers. After the first three overs, they were 25 for no loss. Mavi dismissed Faf in the fourth over. From there on, Rayudu and Watson made sure that they don’t lose any more wickets in the powerplay and played aggressively. CSK scored 54 runs in their powerplay for the loss of one wicket. 

Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson during their partership | Image: iplt20.com

They both continued to play well, and at the end of the halfway mark, CSK were cruising towards another victory and were at 90/1. With just 78 to get from the last 10, CSK were indeed the favorites to win the game from here on.

Shane Watson playing a pull shot | Image: iplt20.com

Kamlesh Nagarkoti took the wicket of Rayudu in the 13th over and made the match interesting. Shane Watson also brought up his fifty in this over. To the delight of all CSK and Dhoni fans, he came into bat at number 4 with more than seven overs left.

Shane Watson’s LBW review | Image: Hotstar

Sunil Narine got Watson out of the first ball of the 14th over. KKR bowlers really well in the overs 11 to 15; in fact, they didn’t concede a single boundary during this period and made things difficult for CSK. With 58 runs required off the last five, the match was equally balanced between both sides.

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Varun Chakravarthy dismissed MSD in the 17th over, he was also very economical in this over, and CSK needed to score 39 runs off the last three overs. Andre Russell got the wicket of Sam Curran of his very first ball of the 18th over and gave away just three runs. That meant that CSK needed 36 runs of their last two overs, and with no set batsman on the crease was very difficult.

Sunil Narine gave just ten runs of 19th over, and CSK needed 26 runs off the last over from Andre Russell. Russell conceded only 16 and sealed a victory for KKR.

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