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Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube Lead The Way As CSK Beat KKR To Go Top

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Asked to bat, CSK erected the season’s highest total of 235 for four, featuring 18 sixes, and restricted KKR to 186 for eight for its third successive and overall fifth win.

Ajinkya Rahane, Devon Conway and Shivam Dube’s power- packed half- centuries pelted Chennai Super lords to a comprehensive 49 – run palm over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League( IPL) at the Eden auditoriums then on Sunday.

Asked to club, CSK erected the season’s loftiest aggregate of 235 for four, featuring 18 sixes, and confined KKR to 186 for eight for its third consecutive and overall fifth palm.

Conway, who began from where he’d left off in Chennai and scored his fourth successive half- century, didn’t miss CSK’s home at the Eden, which witnessed a considerable presence of unheroic shirts and chanting of ‘ CSK, CSK ’ and ‘ Dhoni, Dhoni. ’

Displaying his superb placement and range of shots, Conway( 56, 40b, 4×4, 3×6), let off on 0 by David Wiese off his own bowling, was fluent on both sides while forming a 73- run opening cooperation with Ruturaj Gaikwad, who played a fine knock( 35, 20b, 2×4, 3×6).

Suyash Sharma, who kept it tight and mixed his deliveries nicely, outfoxed Gaikwad to break the stage and Varun Chakravarthy claimed Conway, who drove to long- off.

Rahane( 71n.o., 29b, 6×4, 5×6) and the big- hitting Dube( 50, 21b, 2×4, 5×6) carried on to add 85 and piled further misery on KKR.

Rahane, who pulled impressively and played some cocky scoops, and Dube, who hit spectacular sixes including three straight bones, got to their alternate fifties in the 18th over.

Eden was thrilled to see Rahane, who pounded two sixes and a four consecutively out Umesh Yadav and two sixes and a four successively out Varun, manifesting rare aggression and M.S. Dhoni, who made a brief appearance.

In reply, KKR, which lost four lattices for 70, didn’t get a good launch and suffered its fourth successive loss. Jason Roy, hurt during fielding, came in at No. 5 to play a breezy innings( 61, 26b, 5×4, 5×6) and gather 65 with a recalcitrant Rinku Singh( 53n.o., 33b, 3×4, 4×6) in a lost cause.

Led by the canny M.S. Dhoni, Chennai Super lords will look to carry its winning instigation and consolidate its position in the top half of the Indian Premier League table when it meets Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden auditoriums then on Sunday.

Having won its last two matches, CSK will be high on confidence. Its fur dependence Devon Conway and effective each- rounders, similar as Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali, will continue to be the core of the side.

Notwithstanding the presence of promising bellwethers Tushar Deshpande and Akash Singh, CSK’s bowling strength lies in its spin department – also comprising Maheesh Teekshana and Mitchell Santner.

Rain gods permitting, it’ll be a fascinating dogfight as KKR also relies a lot on its spin department of Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Suyash Sharma and Anukul Roy.

KKR’s batters have performed well, barring their odd bomb- show in the loss against Delhi centrals. The host will try to perform better in both Power Plays to reverse its three- match losing band. KKR may need its top batters Jason Roy, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh to fire to script its third palm of IPL 2023. Know More IPL News…

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