Rinku Singh and Nitish Rana scored half- centuries as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Chennai Super lords by 6 lattices at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday. In pursuit of 145 runs, KKR were 33 for 3 at one stage but Rinku (54 off 43) and Rana (57 not out off 44) sutured 99 runs for the fourth gate to take KKR out of hot water. before, Shivam Dube scored 48 not out off 34 balls as CSK posted 144 for 6 in 20 overs. Varun Chakaravarthy (2 for 36) and Sunil Narine (2 for 15) claimed two lattices all. CSK commander MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to club first against KKR.
Kolkata Knight Riders have defeated Chennai Super Kings by 6 lattices. A loss in this game to CSK means they will have to stay to confirm their playoff situation. still, they would be demanding a palm in their final game to avoid any interruptions. KKR, on the other hand, have an outside chance that too after they win their final league game.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has little to complain about after a great IPL 2023 crusade so far, but will have to be cautious of a unpredictable Kolkata Knight Riders( KKR) outfit in its last home game of the league stage on Sunday.
CSK has had the upper hand over KKR, having won 18 of the last 27 meetings between them. Kolkata must be feeling the after- goods of the brutal takedown by Yashasvi Jaiswal just two nights agone.
Meanwhile, the Super lords reaffirmed their status as title contenders with a 27- run palm over the Delhi centrals at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.
The face used for that match was a traditional slow pitch. With the league stage now winding to a close, anticipate Sunday’s gate to play also. Any score advanced than 170 could end up being a winning aggregate.
Dhoni has been sensational for CSK at the death, smacking 78 off 35 against fast bowlers in seven innings. He has been fairly quiet against spin, collecting 18 off 12. Varun Chakravarthy has dismissed Dhoni three times in four innings, with the ultimate averaging3.66 against him. KKR could consider holding back an over of Varun for the death.
As far as KKR’s fur goes, it’s curious that while the overall quality seems to have bettered, it’s still floundering to achieve thickness. One reason could be Venkatesh Iyer’s incapability to capitalise on spin. He has scored 136 off 101 balls in eight innings. Iyer has maundered substantially at No. 3 this season. Given that baits are generally functional between 7 and 16, your one- down is anticipated to dominate the slower bowlers, commodity Iyer has not done sufficiently. His problems will compound against a CSK side laced with a clutch of baits.
A crucial tourney could be that of Rinku Singh and Matheesha Pathirana. Rinku has taken over the KKR finisher’s mantle from Andre Russell this time, while the youthful Lankan has been Dhoni’s go- to bowler between overs 17 and 20. How Rinku aces the yorker test will be intriguing to watch.
A palm will push CSK closer to a playoff spot. The Knight Riders, who have won three of their last five, need to depend on other results going in their favour. Know More Latest IPL News…