In the 15th match of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings faced Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST. CSK won the last over thriller by 18 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bowl against Chennai Super Kings. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai had a flyer start to their innings as the openers Faf du Plessis (95) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (64) took apart KKR’s bowling line up in the powerplay. The openers managed to score 54 of the first six overs. Gaikwad and Plessis had a destructive partnership of 115 for the first wicket before the former hit the ball straight to the fielder at the deep mid-wicket in the 13th over on Varun Chakravarthy’s bowling. Moeen Ali (25) joined Faf at the crease, the two batsmen gathered 50 runs for the second wicket before the former was well out of his crease in Sunil Narine’s over while going for the big hit. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the number four batsman ahead of Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu. The CSK captain couldn’t connect in the initial balls but still managed to smash two fours and one six in his 17-run cameo. Faf kept striking the ball at the other end and continued the flow of runs. The 36-year-old cricketer stood unbeaten in the first innings and remained just five runs short of his century, Ravindra Jadeja who came out to bat at number five managed to hit a big shot, Nitish Rana was under the ball at the boundary, the ball bounced in his hands and went over the ropes for a maximum. Chennai finished their innings in euphoria as they set up a target of 221 for Kolkata.
CSK took five wickets within the powerplay out of which Deepak Chahar took four. KKR’s batting line up was crippled within the first six overs. Andre Russel kept the fight alive and smashed 54 off 22 deliveries. Dinesh Karthik kept the scoreboard ticking in the middle overs before he was departed. Pat Cummins (66*) played a blunder and helped the Knight Riders to cross the 200-run mark on the scoreboard, they eventually fell short of 18 runs.
Chahar pocketed four wickets while Lungi Ngidi grabbed three scalps and Sam Curran got one wicket to his name.
For KKR, Varun Chakravarthy, Russel and Suni Narine got one wicket each. Plessis was adjudged as the man of the match for his 95 which was decorated with nine fours and four sixes.