Summary: CSK won the toss and decided to bowl. Kolkata Knight Riders put up a mammoth 202 runs thanks to a blistering stint of 88 runs off 36 balls by Andre Russell. Russell blasted 11 massive sixes and a four to reach his knock of 88 not out. In response Shane Watson (42 off 19 balls) and Ambati Rayudu (39 of 26 balls) gave CSK the opening they needed. It was Sam Billing’s knock of 56 runs off 23 balls that took CSK home.
Chennai Super Kings were playing on their home ground for the first time in 2 years. And despite KKR putting up a huge total in the first innings the host didn’t let their fans down by clinching yet another thriller. CSK needed 4 runs off last 2 balls, when Ravindra Jadeja hit a six and secured victory for his team. This win made for second consecutive win for CSK.
To be fair there wasn’t anything wrong that KKR did during the match. In fact, their first inning was quite a sight for the fans with Andre Russel once again being the slayer. It was Russell who ensured a victory against MI in their last match and it was him again who helped KKR put a huge total of 202 against CSK.
Russell is said to have made some technical adjustments to his batting and it was quite evident in his last innings. On a sluggish pitch also, he was able to pick balls from anywhere and clear the grounds. His knock of 88 runs just of 36 balls included 11 massive sixes and will go down as one of the most memorable innings by a KKR player in an IPL match.
Unlike last match, this time CSK came together as a team and everyone tried contributing. With a massive target in front of them, the batsmen played in the same manner showing no signs of intimidation. Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and Sam Billing strengthened the beginning and the middle of the chase. Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo were the last two men batting. CSK needed 4 runs off last two balls when Jadeja sealed the deal with a six.
CSK won the match by 5 wickets.