In the 15th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, the Chennai Super Kings team defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs. The first batting CSK scored 220 runs losing 3 wickets in 20 overs. For the team, Faf du Plessis played an unbeaten inning of 95 runs, while Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 64 runs. For Kolkata, Varun Chakraborty and Sunil Narayan took one wicket each. Chasing a mammoth target of 221, KKR were all out for 202, despite the stormy innings of Pat Cummins (not out 66) and Andre Russell (54). This is Chennai’s third win of the season.
Kolkata Showed The Real Match After The Poor Start
Chasing a target of 221 runs, Kolkata had a very poor start and the team lost their first five wickets for just 31 runs. Shubman Gill (0) was caught in the first over of the innings, caught by Lungi Ngidi off Deepak Chahar. After this, Nitish Rana (9) and Rahul Tripathi (8) also could not do anything special. Under pressure, KKR captain Eoin Morgan also returned to the pavilion after scoring just 7 runs. After this, the pair of Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik added 81 runs for the sixth wicket while batting stormy. Russell was out for 54 off 22 balls. After Russell’s departure, Dinesh Karthik made some strong shots, but on 40, he became the victim of Lungi Ngidi.
After the dismissal of Dinesh Karthik, it was felt that Chennai would easily win the match, but Pat Cummins came from the dressing room as if he came to the crease and he rained fours and sixes. Cummins hit Sam Karan for 30 runs in the 16th over of the inning and completed his half-century in just 23 balls. However, Cummins did not get the support of the other batsmen and the entire team was all out after scoring 202 runs.
Chennai’s Howl Inning
Earlier, after losing the toss and batting first, the Chennai Super Kings got a stormy start by Ruturaj Gaikwad (64), Faf du Plessis (Not out 95), and added 115 runs for the first wicket. Ruturaj was dismissed by Varun Chakraborty. Faf du Plessis then partnered 50 runs for the second wicket with Moeen Ali (25) and maintained the pace of runs consistently. Moeen was stumped in the same over by Sunil Narine after hitting a four and a six. Dhoni promoted himself in this match and landed at number four. The CSK captain smashed 17 runs off 8 balls and he looked in his old complexion. In the last ball of the inning, Ravindra Jadeja hit a six to take the total of Chennai to 220.