KKR vs CSK, IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings registered their third win in a row by beating Kolkata Knight Riders to go back on top of the points table with 3 wins from 4 games.
Faf du Plessis fell short of his maiden IPL hundred by 5 runs (Courtesy of PTI/BCCI)
- Chennai Super Kings (220/3) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (202-all out) by 18 runs
- Faf du Plessis was adjudged Player of the Match for his 95 not out ahead of Deepak Chahar (4 for 29)
- CSK dethroned Royal Challengers Bangalore from the top spot with their 3rd win in succession
Chennai Super Kings registered their third win in succession on Wednesday as they outclassed Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs in Match 15 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Defending a mammoth score of 220, the Super Kings nervy performance with the ball to bowl out the Knight Riders for 202 in 20 overs and hand the two-time champions their third defeat in a row.
Deepak Chahar was once again terrific with the ball for CSK, he took 4 for 29 from his 4 overs while Lungi Ngidi, playing his first match of the season in place of Dwayne Bravo, grabbed 3 wickets to round off an all-round performance by MS Dhoni’s team.
Chahar and Ngidi’s opening spells reduced KKR to 31 for 5 in the powerplay after which Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell got together to lead KKR’s recovery. The duo added 81 off 39 balls for the 6th-wicket to reignite the team’s hopes.
Russell departed after smashing 54 off 22 balls with 6 sixes and 3 fours before getting out to Sam Curran. Karthik then took charge of the chase with Pat Cummins and added another 34 for the 7th-wicket but the target was just too big for them overhaul in the end.
Karthik’s knock ended in the 15th over when he was trapped plumb in from by Ngidi on 40 (24 balls). But Cummins refused to give up and smashed 30 off the 16th over bowled by Sam Curran to keep KKR’s hopes alive.
But Cummins eventually ran out of partners and ended up with a valiant 66 not out off 34 balls. He smashed 6 sixes and 4 fours to nearly help KKR pull off the second highest successful run chase in IPL history but it wasn’t to be on the night.
Earlier in the evening, CSK managed to post the second highest total of this season as they reached 220 for 3 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first by Eoin Morgan.
The three-time champions got off to a great start thanks to the openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who added 115 runs before the latter got out for 64.
Du Plessis then took a back seat for a while as Moeen Ali (25) and MS Dhoni (17) played small cameos before launching an attack in the death overs to end up with 95 not out off 60 balls.
The former South African skipper’s knock was laced with 9 fours and 4 sixes at the Wankhede Stadium.