Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders captained by Eoin Morgan by 6 wickets in the 49th match of IPL-13. On Thursday, KKR scored 172 for 5 in 20 overs thanks to a strong knock by opener Nitish Rana (87) at the Dubai International Stadium, after which Ravindra Jadeja (31 *) gave Chennai the victory with a six off the last ball. Chennai opener Rituraj Gaikwad played a valuable innings of 72 runs.
Kolkata is 7th in 13 matches and the team is at number 5 with 12 points. At the same time, Chennai won 5th in as many matches but the team is at the bottom of the number 8 position with 10 points.
See, IPL-13, Match 49: Chennai vs Kolkata, Scorecard of this match
Now the road to playoff is difficult for KKR
The KKR team is at number 5 after this defeat and must be in the top-4 to qualify for the playoffs. Above that, Kings XI Punjab also have 12 points. At the same time, Mumbai Indians, who were at the top, benefited from this win and they qualified with 16 points. Now Kolkata must win in their next match, and also have to hope that they get favorable results from other teams as well.
Gaekwad’s strong innings
Opener Rituraj Gaikwad played a brilliant 72-run knock for Chennai. He hit 6 fours and 2 sixes off 53 balls and shared a 50-run stand for the first wicket with Shane Watson (14) and a 68-run partnership for the second wicket with Ambati Rayudu (38). Mystery spinner Varun Chakraborty and paceman Pat Cummins got 2-2 wickets each for KKR.
Jadeja wrote the script of victory like this
Chennai needed 30 runs to win in the last 2 overs and it seemed that KKR would consolidate the match but Lockie Ferguson’s total of 20 runs in the 19th over of the innings. The first ball was wide, after which Ravindra Jadeja hit the fourth ball on the fourth ball. The next ball was bowled no ball, which also got 2 runs and Jadeja took a six on a free hit. Jadeja also hit the last ball. In the final over, Chennai needed 10 runs to win and Jadeja hit a six off the 5th ball. The last ball required only 1 run, on which Jadeja hit a six. Jadeja hit 2 fours, 3 sixes in an unbeaten innings of 31 off 11 balls.
KKR gave Chennai a target of 173 runs
A half-century from opener Nitish Rana (87) helped Kolkata Knight Riders score 172 for five against Chennai Super Kings. Rana scored 87 runs in his 61-ball innings with the help of 10 fours and four sixes. Openers Shubman Gill (26) and Dinesh Karthik (21 not out) also played useful innings.
Dhoni again bowled on Chakraborty’s ball
Spinner Varun Chakraborty hit Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (1) and bowled him on the fourth ball of the 15th over of the innings. Even in the last match between the two teams, Dhoni was bowled by Chakravarthy.
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Rayudu’s fiery innings, Cummins made the victim
Ambati Rayudu added 68 runs for the second wicket with Gaikwad. Rayudu scored 38 runs in 20 balls with the help of 5 fours and 1 six. He was hunted by paceman Pat Cummins and caught by Sunil Narine.
Watson and Gaekwad’s half-century partnership
Shane Watson and Rituraj Gaikwad gave a brilliant start to the Chennai team, chasing a target of 173 runs. The two formed a half-century partnership. Spinner Varun Chakraborty broke this partnership and Watson was caught by Rinku Singh on the third ball of the 8th over of the innings. Watson scored 14 runs off 19 balls with the help of 1 fours, 1 six.
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Gill and Rana started off well
Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bowl first, after which the pair of Shubman Gill (26) and Rana gave the team a good start. Gill started with Deepak Chahar’s first two balls of the match with fours while Rana opened the account with fours in the same over. Gill also hit Sam Karan for a four. Rana welcomed Lungi Gidi with fours and then hit two fours and a six off successive balls from Mitchell Santner. The team scored 48 runs without losing wickets in the power play.
KKR’s 2 wickets fell within 7 runs
Gill and Rana completed the first half-century partnership of the first wicket of the season for the Knight Riders. Dhoni then handed the ball to Karn Sharma and the leg-spinner bowled Gill on his second ball. Gill faced four fours in 17 balls. Sunil Naren (7) opened the account with a six over Karn but Santner caught Ravindra Jadeja at the boundary in an attempt to repeat the same shot in the next over. KKR’s first wicket fell to 53 and the second wicket to a team score of 60.
Rana’s third half-century of the season
The Superkings bowlers curb the run pace in the middle overs, leading the Knight Riders’ team to 70 for two in 10 overs. Rinku Singh (11) hit Jadeja for a four but Ambati Rayudu was caught easy trying to play a big shot on the next ball as well. Rana hit Santner for two consecutive fours and then completed his third half-century in 44 balls with a single off Karn’s ball. Rana was lucky on the next ball when he waved the shot but the ball fell between the fielders.
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Rana out after scoring 87 runs, Gidi sent pavilion
Rana hit the Knight Riders score of 100 in the 15th over with a four over Jadeja. He hit Karna for three consecutive sixes in the 16th over and then hit two fours on Chahar in the next over as well. Rana, however, catches Karan on long on after waving Gidi’s ball in the next over.
KKR added 75 runs in the last 6 overs.
Captain Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik scored fast runs in the last over. Karthik had two fours on Gidi while Karan’s ball in the next over was also seen by the boundary. In the final over of the innings, Gidi sent Morgan (15) to the pavilion. Knight Riders added 75 runs in the final six overs, batting brilliantly. Gidi took 2 wickets for Chennai while Santner, Jadeja and Karn Sharma got 1-1 wickets.