|Shubman Gill||run out (Ambati Rayudu)||9||5||2||0||180|
|Venkatesh Iyer||c MS Dhoni b Shardul Thakur||18||15||3||0||120|
|Rahul Tripathi||b Ravindra Jadeja||45||33||4||1||136.36|
|Eoin Morgan||c Faf du Plessis b Josh Hazlewood||8||14||0||0||57.14|
|Nitish Rana||not out||37||27||3||1||137.04|
|Andre Russell||b Shardul Thakur||20||15||2||1||133.33|
|Dinesh Karthik||c MS Dhoni b Josh Hazlewood||26||11||3||1||236.36|
|Sunil Narine||not out||0||1||0||0||0|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 8.55)||171/6|
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||c Eoin Morgan b Andre Russell||40||28||2||3||142.86|
|Faf du Plessis||c Lockie Ferguson b Prasidh Krishna||43||30||7||0||143.33|
|Moeen Ali||c Venkatesh Iyer b Lockie Ferguson||32||28||2||1||114.29|
|Ambati Rayudu||b Sunil Narine||10||9||1||0||111.11|
|Suresh Raina||run out (Rahul Tripathi)||11||7||1||0||157.14|
|MS Dhoni||b Varun Chakravarthy||1||4||0||0||25|
|Ravindra Jadeja||lbw Sunil Narine||22||8||2||2||275|
|Sam Curran||caught(sub) b Sunil Narine||4||4||0||0||100|
|Shardul Thakur||not out||3||2||0||0||150|
|Deepak Chahar||not out||1||1||0||0||100|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 8.6)||172/8|
If there was ever a game that’s always lived up to expectations, it’s CSK vs KKR.
A last-ball thriller saw MS Dhoni’s side snag a late win and moved CSK back to the first spot on the IPL points table.
Ravindra Jadeja was the star for the team from Southern India, smashing Prasidh Krishna for 20 runs in four balls in the penultimate over, tipping the scales in favour of CSK.
With only four runs needed off the final over, it looked like CSK had the game in the bag. But courtesy of Sunil Narine’s bowling, the match dragged on until the final ball. Deepak Chahar kept his nerves about him and scored the winning run.
CSK vs KKR sees two teams in form. Can KKR continue?Cricket Betting
Two in-form teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) battle it out in match number 38 of this 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Both teams have had two wins in a row since the IPL 2021 restarted in the UAE.
Both of CSK’s wins have been come-from-behind of sorts. They were reduced to 24/4 at the end of the powerplay against Mumbai Indians (MI) and Ruturaj Gaikwad’s unbeaten 88 propelled them to 156 before the bowlers came to the party. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were 90/0 in the first 10 overs before the CSK bowlers pulled things back beautifully to restrict Virat Kohli and co to just 156. Nice contributions from each of the top four set up the chase to help the MS Dhoni-led side move to the top of the points table once again. They now have seven wins from nine matches and another win will seal a spot in the playoffs for CSK.
On the other hand, KKR had a wretched first half where they could muster a mere two wins from seven games. However, they have come storming back. The Eoin Morgan-led side beat RCB comprehensively before getting the better of their nemesis and defending champions MI. KKR’s batting has seen some refreshing change with Venkatesh Iyer at the top and Shubman Gill’s intent has risen as well. Their experienced and fiery middle-order is yet to get a proper hit in this second half. Meanwhile, it is the bowlers who set up both the games and will continue to remain the key.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK are a side that don’t make many changes and they are unlikely to make one for this game either. They’ve gone two games with the same XI and it is most probably going to be three in a row for the same XI.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR seem a pretty settled unit at the moment and will most probably play the same XI that won against MI.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
CSK openers: One of the big reasons for CSK’s success this season has been their top-order and their openers, in particular, have been top-notch. Both Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis have been very consistent, both as a pair and individually as well. Both batters have amassed in excess of 300 runs in this 2021 season and are looking in extremely solid touch. Gaikwad has got 322 runs at an average of 40.25 and is striking at 136.44. Meanwhile, du Plessis has scored 351 runs and averages 40.14 while striking at 140.96 in this tournament. Hence, the CSK openers will once again be the key.
Varun Chakravarthy: Varun Chakravarthy has been very impressive over the last couple of seasons. The Tamil Nadu mystery spinner returned with 17 wickets at an economy rate of 6.85 in the 2020 season. In this edition, he has picked up 10 wickets and has conceded runs at an economy rate of 7.06. Since the resumption of the second half, Chakravarthy has had figures of 3/13 and 0/22 in the two games. With CSK’s middle-order loaded with excellent players of spin, the match-up against Chakravarthy, especially in the back half of the innings will be very interesting.