Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019-Kolkata Knight Riders did not show any hard performance against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. On the worst pitch of MA Chidambaram stadium, the visitor could score 108/9 in 20 overs. The Champions CSK reached 111/3 in 17.2 overs and won an easy win and got the top spot in the points table. Faf du Plessis not out 43 not out
Russell, who was known to play with the bowlers in the death overs, joined his team in the ninth over when the team’s score was 44/5. He handled his luck and played till the end of the innings (44balls 50 runs- 5×4, 3×6).
The CSK bowlers kept a stern stand and drew the batsmen towards their doom. The KKR’s top order was playing across the line, while in the lower order, CSK’s Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja’s was playing with the spin ball.
After opting to bowl by MS Dhoni, the home team did not have to wait long to celebrate. Three wickets in the first three overs with only nine runs.
Opener Chris Lynn tried straight delivery on Deepak Chahar’s ball before falling for LBW. With a slight jump on the dull track, more power was needed than power, but the approach of KKR batsmen was not ideal anywhere.
As soon as Harbhajan Singh gave the ball air, Sunil Narine got trapped in an attempt. What resulted was a ball hit on bat top-edge and a catch by Chahar. Young Indian batsman who did not learn from Lynn’s dismissal and did the same mistake by trying to hit low delivery ball of Chahar, as a result, Nitish Rana was dismissed at 11 runs.
After the top order batsmen went, KKR captain Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa needed to revive the innings. But later Chahar and Tahir were out on the ball.
Russell played a very unruly knock. He waited for his chance and even got the lifeline in the eighth over when Harbhajan left a catch on the ball of Imran Tahir.
Dhoni’s bowlers target batsmen at the other end. Jadeja, Tahir, and Harbhajan trapped last four players and KKR had the only wicket left in which Russell play with tailender player Harry Gurani for the last three overs.
Russell hit many balls and even missed a few deliveries. In last over, he got his half-century with two fours and a six against Scott Kualjeana and KKR team crossed the 100-run mark.
After getting wickets of CSK opener Shane Watson and number three Suresh Raina in the first three overs, Narayan said it was not enough for a team. Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu scored 46 runs, which was devoid of any catchy shot and kept the CSK in control. Although Rayudu went from the pitch when CSK was at 81runs, du Plessis and Kedar Jadhav ensured that the delay will not come.