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Kolkata Knight Riders dethrone Chennai Super Kings from the top

Kolkata Knight Riders (180-4) galloped to a comfortable victory against Chennai Super Kings (177-5) courtesy Sunil Narine’s all-round efforts and Shubman Gill’s (57*) elegant batting.

Dinesh Karthik won the toss and put CSK to bat first. The moment that happened, it was already advantage KKR as CSK are a great chasing team but when they have to bat first and set a target, they do not actually know how hard to go at the opposition bowlers and end up with a subpar total.

Stepping out with an unchanged XI, CSK got off to a good start with Faf du Plessis (27) and Shane Watson (36) at the helm. Suresh Raina (31) did not let the run scoring drop after the dismissal of du Plessis. He was followed by Ambati Rayudu (21) at No. 4, whose batting spot has been shuffled quite a bit.

Due to the loss of the wickets of Watson, Raina and Rayudu in quick intervals, there was a dip in the run scoring between the 11th and the 16th overs. KKR spinners Sunil Narine (4-20-2) and Piyush Chawla (4-35-2) bowled well and proved to be the difference between a 200 and a 170 odd run total.

Although Dhoni (43, 25b) showed some fireworks at the later part of innings, CSK fell 15-20 runs short of the par score, ending at 177 for 5.

Despite Chris Lynn (12) lost his wicket in the first over itself off Lungi Ngidi (3-36-1), KKR looked in control of the game from the start. Other opener Sunil Narine made full use of the dropped chances and scored a quick-fire 32 off 20 balls.

Ordinary fielding from the likes of Jadeja (4-39-1) and Harbhajan (3-20-1) proved costly as Shubman Gill (57*) and Dinesh Karthik (45*) raced to the total with more than 2 overs to spare.

U-19 star Gill was extremely pleasing on the eye and was in contention for the Man of the Match award for his breezy half century.

However, he could not beat the all-round effort of team mate Sunil Narine who ended as the MoM.

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