Chepauk went silent after the Knight Riders rose on Sunday night to snag the much-needed victory over the home boys to stay alive, even with the slimmest chance for the playoffs. According to the CSK vs KKR match report, KKR choked down CSK’s in-form batting lineup with the spinners and later smashed them into the shadow realm to bag a six-wicket victory against the second-place holders in the IPL 2023 point table.
Kolkata’s smasher boy Rinku Singh bagged the Man of the Match award for taking the team to the finish line before losing his wicket in the 17th over via runout. As per the CSK vs KKR match report, the young sensation, who scored a massive 54 runs out of 43 deliveries, was much more patient this time, choosing the suitable balls to hit to chase down CSK’s 144-run total.
Nitish Rana, the skipper, who has always been there for KKR this season, didn’t disappoint today either, scoring the most runs for them with a classic 57-run inning out of 44 balls.
Earlier, the hero of the stadium, MS Dhoni, won the toss and decided to bat first. It somehow was a misfire, as the pitch was providing a lot of turn, and Kolkata’s spin attack used the opportunity quite well. Kolkata spinners dominated the middle over, tying down CSK to a score of 75-5, as per the CSK vs KKR match report. Initially, Devon Conway and Ajinkya Rahane looked like they would hang around for the CSK. But the pressure to build the scoreboard made Rahane hit the ball to give the catch to Jason Roy in Varun Chakravarthy’s over. In the CSK vs KKR match report, Convoy, who scored 30 out of 28 balls, couldn’t hold up for long and fell off to Shardul Thakur.
Later, Dube and Jadeja stood on the crease and made a 68-run partnership to take CSK to a total of 144/6. For the Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy secured two wickets, giving away just 15 and 26 runs, respectively, as per the CSK vs KKR match report.
With what looked like a comfortable total to chase, the Kolkata Knight Riders had a wobbling start to chase. Chennai Super Kings’ seamers took over the show, and according to the CSK vs KKR match report, Deepak Chahar took three of KKR’s front three to give CSK a bright start. The clock ticked, and when the time for the spinners came, the once-turning and twirling pitch had already become flat, and CSK’s spinners couldn’t stand a chance.
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The Skipper-Finisher Takeover
When Kolkata seemed to be facing defeat again, their captain Nitish Rana and the young sensation Rinku Singh showed up and took over the game. According to the CSK vs KKR match report, both thrashed the Super Kings Bowlers and gave the Chennai crowd a super disappointment. Their 111 runs from 87 balls did the job for the Knight Riders. Did your CSK vs KKR Dream 11 prediction come true?
Qualification scenarios for CSK and KKR
CSK, although they lost their match, are in a comfortable position, sitting at 2nd on the point table with 15 points from 13 matches. They will qualify with a win in their next match against the Delhi Capitals. On the other hand, KKR stands at 7th, with 12 points from the 13 matches played. Their chances are dependent on the other team’s performance.
Chennai Super Kings 144/6 (20) Kolkata Knight Riders 147/4 (18.3)
(Dube 48*, Conway 30, Narine 2-15) (Rana 57*, Rinku 54, Chahar 3-27)
KKR knocked off a six-wicket win.
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