IPL 2020: Tripathi, bowlers script an unlikely win for KKR
Kolkata Knight Riders held their nerves to beat Chennai Super Kings by 10 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night.
After opting to bat, Kolkata innings was expertly managed by new opener Rahul Tripathi (81: 51b, 8x4, 3x6). He controlled the innings very well, even as the rest of the innings collapsed around him. It was a terrific effort by Tripathi who had just come into the XI in the previous match against Delhi Capitals. The Kolkata innings folded up on 167 in 20 overs. For Chennai the best bowler was birthday boy Dwayne Bravo (3-37). The other bowlers to pick wickets were Karn Sharma (2-25), Sam Curran (2-26) and Shardul Thakur (2-28).
The chase for Chennai was progressing well for a while. Opener Shane Watson (50: 40b, 6x4, 1x6) held the innings together. He shared a 69 run second wicket stand with Ambati Rayudu (30: 27b, 3x4). Then there was a collapse which put paid to any hopes Chennai had to revive the chase. In the end, Chennai lost a match which they had in their bag, but let it slip. For Kolkata the bowlers shared the wickets around and stymied Chennai's chase.
Match Summary - Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, 21st Match, Indian Premier League
Kolkata Knight Riders 167 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Shubman Gill-4.2 ov), 2-70 (Nitish Rana-8.1 ov), 3-98 (Sunil Narine-10.6 ov), 4-114 (Eoin Morgan-13.6 ov), 5-128 (Andre Russell-15.2 ov), 6-140 (Rahul Tripathi-16.5 ov), 7-162 (Dinesh Karthik-18.6 ov), 8-163 (Kamlesh Nagarkoti-19.2 ov), 9-166 (Shivam Mavi-19.5 ov), 10-167 (Varun Chakravarthy-19.6 ov)
Chennai Super Kings 157-5 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Faf du Plessis-3.4 ov), 2-99 (Ambati Rayudu-12.1 ov), 3-101 (Shane Watson-13.1 ov), 4-129 (MS Dhoni-16.3 ov), 5-129 (Sam Curran-17.1 ov)
Result - Kolkata Knight Riders won by 10 runs
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (captain & wicket-keeper), Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tripathi, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (captain & wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma