Chennai Super Kings play party-poopers as Kolkata Knight Riders’ playoff hopes take a big hit

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty

Updated: October 30, 2020 12:40:07 am

Chennai Super Kings dugout after securing six-wicket win over KKR. (Source: IPL)

Twenty-three runs have been required off eight balls, when Lockie Ferguson bowled a full toss above waist top and conceded a no-ball. From that time onwards, Ravindra Jadeja took over. He hit a six off the free hit adopted by a 4. And within the remaining over bowled by Kamlesh Nagarkoti, when the equation had come all the way down to seven runs off two balls, the left-hander smashed back-to-back sixes to safe a six-wicket win for Chennai Super Kings.

By efficiently chasing 173 for victory, they threw a spanner in Kolkata Knight Riders’ playoff hopes.

Gaikwad and Jadeja save the day

Varun Chakravarthy’s advantageous spell, 2/20, had put KKR within the ascendency. Sunil Narine ably supported him. Still CSK have been within the hunt as a result of younger Ruturaj Gaikwad confirmed spark and took the sport deep. After 65 not out in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore within the final sport, the 23-year-old scored a 53-ball 72 on Thursday, however the job wasn’t executed but.

When MS Dhoni was castled by Varun within the fifteenth over, CSK have been below the pump. Sam Curran was struggling to time the ball and it put Gaikwad below much more strain. He obtained out, making an attempt to play an uncharacteristic ramp. Over to Jadeja and his 11-ball 31 not out received the match for his staff. Together Gaikwad and Jadeja offset CSK’s bowling profligacy.

CSK’s bowling profligacy

Bit by bit, Chennai Super Kings bowlers have been letting it slip. Nitish Rana was the largest beneficiary of their profligacy.

The inconsistency of their bowlers is a cause for CSK’s underwhelming marketing campaign this time period. Against a Kolkata Knight Riders aspect loaded with 4 left-handers within the prime order, CSK didn’t have a spinner to take the ball away from them. Instead, they’d two left-arm spinners in Jadeja and Mitchell Santner and a leggie, Karn Sharma. The pitch was holding up a little and but once more, Harbhajan Singh’s absence was felt. Almost each time strain was constructing on KKR batters, CSK bowlers supplied boundary balls to permit respiration house.

Rana’s knock was a working example. For its preliminary half, he was going at a-run-a-ball, opening the innings. Then, Santner gave him the size to swing and sweep and consecutive fours ensued. When Rana was on 50, Sharma beat him within the air however the skier fell in no man’s land. Sharma missed his size thrice in a row in his subsequent over and Rana gleefully hit three successive sixes. Eventually, when he departed for a 61-ball 87, KKR have been effectively set to publish a difficult whole. With a little bit of bowling self-discipline, CSK might have restricted their opponents to round 160.

CSK pacers, too, weren’t on the money. Sam Curran bowled tight with out impression. Lungi Ngidi had a couple of wickets. But Deepak Chahar was disappointing. Nobody focused Rana with quick delivers into the physique. And even within the loss of life overs, yorkers have been uncommon.

Brief Scores: KKR 172/5 (Nitish Rana 87, Lungi Nigidi 2/34) misplaced to CSK 178/4 (R.Gaikwad 72, V. Chakrabarty 2/20) by 6 wickets.

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