CSK vs KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders lost their third match on the trot after 18-run loss against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday. The side was chasing a massive total of 221 runs and finally fell short of just 18 runs after two run outs in the last two overs.
Pat Cummins despite a forgetful day with the ball became the torchbearer for the Knights after a valorous knock of 64 runs off 33 balls. His crucial knock gave a ray of hope to the KKR camp as the side was left to score just 20 runs in the final over.
Earlier, it was CSK batsmen who came out with the flying colors especially openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis as they put an opening stand of 115 runs.
Gaikwad scored 64 off 42 balls and scored his fifth half-century for the franchise. While the South African Plessis remained unbeaten on 95 runs and hit 9 boundaries and four sixes as CSK piled 220 runs in 20 overs.
No KKR bowler looked effective against the CSK batsmen except spinner Varun Chakravarthy who finished with 1/27.
Starting off the chase, KKR had a shaky start as they lost Shubman Gill cheaply in the first over by Deepak Chahar. Chahar then followed by picking three more wickets thereby dismantling the whole KKR’s batting lineup.
Russell showed some resistance on the crease and scored 54 runs and treating his fans with three boundaries and six sixes at a whopping strike rate of 245.55.
At one point it seemed KKR had lost the game but seldom did anyone know that Pat Cummins would give a scare to CSK bowlers.
He blasted 66 runs off 34 balls including a 19 ball half-century and even hit Sam Curran for 30 runs in the 17th over. Unfortunately, KKR failed to pull off a win after losing their last two wickets in run outs.
CSK vs KKR talking points:
- Pat Cummins scored his highest T20 runs after 66-run knock off 34 balls.
- He scored 30 runs in the 16th over against Sam Curran.
- More than 400 runs were scored in today’s game, most in a single game this season.
- Ruturaj Gaikwad scored his 5th half-century of the IPL.
- A total of 26 sixes were hit among both the teams.
- Chennai Super Kings climbed to the top spot in the points table.
- Deepak Chahar took his second four-wicket haul this season after 4/16. First one came against Punjab Kings 4/13.
- Read more Head to Head stats here!