MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings clinched yet another convincing win at their home ground against Kolkata Knight Rider. Kolkata probably need to learn how to win even without Russell!
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bowl first. Dhoni showed confidence in his bowlers keeping in mind the turning track of the team’s home ground. He wished and his bowlers delivered. Deepak Chahar was brilliant and consistent. He along with Harbhajan Singh utilized the Powerplay overs quite well and made sure to give initial blows to the Kolkata team. Imran Tahir was also apt at delivering the right kind of spell. Thanks to the CSK bowlers that KKR top order looked clueless and produced the highest run of 19 by the captain, Dinesh Karthik. Then arrived Andre Russell! Not a very loyal Russell fan would have ever expected him to play the role of an ‘anchor’. But seeing his team in deep soup, Russell chose to do that. He scored 50 not out of4 44 balls. He produced a not so Russell-ish innings but took KKR score to 108 which was much required.
Chasing 108 wasn’t going to be tough for CSK everyone though. But due to the slow track, batting wasn’t a cakewalk as well. The main problem for KKR bowlers was they had very little runs to defend. Still, they tried. Kuldeep Yadav and Prasidh Krishna tried to bowl at the lowest possible economical rate with that target on the board. Although Chennai lost Shane Watson in the third over, with Faf du Plessis on the crease it didn’t look difficult ever. Faf remained not out on 43 of 45 and won the match for his team. With Faf at the opening slot, the Chennai team was looking more balanced and confident while chasing. Apart from Faf, Ambati Rayadu (21 off 31), Suresh Raina (14 of 13) and Shane Watson (17 off 9) helped to reach the target in 17.2 overs for the loss of three wickets.