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02 Jul 2020, Edition - 1815, Thursday

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KKR brake CSK winning streak, nudge them to second slot

Renald A Frank

Chennai fans were left disappointed after CSK lost to KKR by six wickets yesterday.

Kolkata Knight Riders showed batting and bowling prowess in front of their home crowd nudging Chennai Super Kings to second position, and the former jumping to No.3. It was poor fielding and bowling that turned against CSK at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

CSK looked well set for a score of 200-plus batting first on a slow wicket with openers Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis giving a solid start. They shared a partnership of 48 runs in just 5.1 overs and just when the duo looked to step up Faf was cleaned up by Piyush Chawla. Suresh Raina then walked in and started his innings by hitting Chawla for a boundary forcing the leggie to correct his length. Bowling a dot ball in the next Raina hit him for another boundary in the very same over. Luck favours the brave and Raina survived the following delivery when the KKR wicket keeper failed to hold on to a catch after Raina nicked one.

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The partnership between Watson and Raina was now worth 43 runs and again at a crucial juncture KKR spinners struck when Sunil Narine had the Australian caught near the boundary at the start of the 11th over. Raina soon followed, leaving CSK tottering at 3-101 in 11.4 overs. It was then A Rayudu along with skipper MS Dhoni and R Jadeja who played sensibly to take the team to a respectable total of 177/5 with Dhoni remaining not out at 43 off 25.

Set with a target of 178, KKR began their chase losing opener Chris Lynn in the very first over when he was caught at first slip by Watson off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi. R Utthappa then walked in but could not stay long as the batsman from Karnataka holed out one to D Bravo in the fifth over. It was then young Shubman Gill who partnered with Sunil Narine to take the team closer to the CSK total. Though Narine was out in the seventh over he had done his job well having scored 32 off 20 deliveries. KKR captain Dinesh Karthik then joined Gill to wrap up things as KKR defeated CSK by 6 wickets with 14 balls to spare. S. Narine was adjudged Man of the Match for his all -round performance with bat and ball. He picked up two wickets for 20 runs in 4 overs and then scoring 32 runs in a winning cause.

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