IPL 2021: Chennai goes top of the table with last ball win
Chennai Super Kings registered a nerve-wracking two-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
With the win, Chennai once again went atop the points table.
Kolkata after opting to bat posted 171 for six in their 20 overs and in their response Chennai achieved the target off the last ball to win the contest by two wickets.
Earlier, Kolkata went in with an unchanged line-up but lost their openers easily. Then Rahul Tripathi (45) held the innings together. After Tripathi, Nitish Rana (37 n.o.) then took over and used the long handle to good effect. Helping Tripathi along the way was Andre Russell and later Dinesh Karthik scored 26 off just 11 deliveries to push Kolkata to 171 for six.
For Chennai the best bowlers were Josh Hzlewood (2-40) and Shardul Thakur (2-20).
In their response, Chennai got off to a flying start. Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (40) and Faf du Plessis (43) added 74 for the first wicket. Then there was a collapse with Moeen Ali trying to hold the innings together. The Chennai innings collapsed from 119 for three to 142 for six. It was then down to Ravindra Jadeja to use the long handle well. In the 19th over, Jadeja took to Prasidh Krishna striking 22 runs. In the final over, Chennai lost Sam Curran (playing in place of Dwayne Bravo) and Jadeja. The win was finally achieved off the last ball with two wickets to spare.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 171-6 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Shubman Gill-0.6 ov), 2-50 (Venkatesh Iyer-5.1 ov), 3-70 (Eoin Morgan-9.1 ov), 4-89 (Rahul Tripathi-12.2 ov), 5-125 (Andre Russell-16.4 ov), 6-166 (Dinesh Karthik-19.4 ov)
Chennai Super Kings: 172-8 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-74 (Ruturaj Gaikwad-8.2 ov), 2-102 (Faf du Plessis-11.3 ov), 3-119 (Ambati Rayudu-14.2 ov), 4-138 (Moeen Ali-16.4 ov), 5-142 (Suresh Raina-17.1 ov), 6-142 (MS Dhoni-17.3 ov), 7-168 (Sam Curran-19.1 ov), 8-171 (Ravindra Jadeja-19.5 ov)
Result: Chennai Super Kings won by two wickets
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaekwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (captain & wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (captain), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders, elected to bat
Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time: 1400 hrs UAE time
Match officials: Chris Gaffaney, Tapan Sharma (On-field umpires); Virender Sharma (TV Umpire); Ulhas Gandhe (Reserve Umpire); Narayanan Kutty (Match-referee)