Wednesday, March 30, 2022

IPL: KKR beats CSK in the opener


Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Highlights: KKR beat CSK by six wickets in IPL opener

MUMBAI: A clinically all-round Kolkata Knight Riders beat reigning champs Chennai Super Kings by six wickets as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's first competition fifty in quite a while went to no end in the IPL lung opener here on Saturday.

Unburdened by captaincy, Dhoni, who surrendered the position of authority only two days back, crushed an unbeaten 50 off 38 balls to take more time to 131 for 5 subsequent to being placed in to bat.

Yet, KKR, who lost to CSK in the last season culmination conflict, pursued down the objective with nine balls in excess, with undesirable India hitter Ajinkya Rahane top-scoring with a 34-ball 44.

As it worked out

Rahane, who was purchased for Rs 1 crore by KKR subsequent to playing not very many counterparts for Delhi Capitals last season, was in great touch as he hit six fours and one six during his thump. He shared 43 runs for the initial wicket with Venkatesh Iyer (16) and that was the most elevated association for KKR eventually.

Nitish Rana (21), new chief Shreyas Iyer (20 not out) and Sam Billings (25) made valuable commitments to give KKR a triumphant beginning to the competition.

Iyer hence began his KKR captaincy with a success while his partner Ravindra Jadeja, who replaced the notable Dhoni as CSK captain, started his stretch with a misfortune.

Iyer hit the triumphant runs, a limit, as KKR came to 133 for 4 in 18.3 overs.

Dwayne Bravo (3/20) was the pick of the bowlers for CSK.

Prior, KKR doled out a clinical bowling show to limit CSK to 131/5.

CSK crossed the 130-run mark on account of Dhoni's unbeaten 50 off 38 balls (7x4; 1x6) and captain Jadeja's 26 not out off 28 balls (1x6). Dhoni's last IPL fifty was 84 not out versus Royal Challengers Bangalore on Apr 21, 2019.

CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (0) died efficiently. subsequent to being gotten by Nitish Rana in the slip cordon off pacer Umesh Yadav (2/20).

The run of the mill Wankede track, which had a lot of bob, helped the KKR bowlers and they made use advantage.

Devon Conway (3) and Robin Uthappa (28 off 21 balls) then, at that point, attempted to resuscitate the CSK innings, yet figured out how to add just 28 runs for the subsequent wicket.

Conway, who was looking corroded, became Umesh Yadav's subsequent scalp.

Uthappa was fierce on Shivam Mavi, whom he hit for a limit in the second finished and followed it up by one more limit and a greatest in the fourth finished. In the middle, he pounded Umesh for a six.

In any case, his visit was stopped, befuddled by Shedlon Jackson off Varun Chakravarthy (1/23) in the eighth over as CSK ended up in a spot of trouble at 49/3.

They further slipped to 52/4, as a horrendous mistake between Ambati Rayadu (15 off 17 balls) and Jadeja prompted the previous' excusal. After 10 overs, CSK were swaying at 57/4.

CSK lost portion of their side for 61 after Shivam Dube (3) gave a sitter to Sunil Narine at short-midwicket off pacer Andre Russell.

Then, at that point, Jadeja and Dhoni added 70 runs for the 6th wicket to take more time to a decent aggregate. The at various times skipper team at first played a blast of speck balls however Dhoni pounded three limits in the eighteenth over, in which CSK amassed 14 runs.

Showing looks at his popular match-completing ability, Dhoni got a limit and a six in the penultimate over, from which CSK got 15 runs.

The pair added 18 runs in the last done with Jadeja hitting a six off the last ball, as CSK added 74 runs in the last 10 overs.

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