It was yet another night for victory celebrations for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) after the fifth win in six matches and reaching the top of the table again with 10 points in the IPL 12 now in progress.
The seven-wicket win over the Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday was accomplished with much more comfort than estimated against the prestigious Kolkata outfit.
But for the gallant knock of 50 not out by Andre Russell, the KKR team might have folded to a total in double figures. Russel as consistent as ever made his runs in 44 balls with five 4s and three 6s.
On a responsive pitch, the visiting team’s agony started every early with the team losing three wickets for nine runs against the attack of Deepak Chahar and the seasoned Harbhajan Singh. The former was in fine form and bagged three wickets for 20 runs in four overs.
Even the established batsmen, Uthappa and Kartick perished before the 50 mark on the board. At 47 for six, the team looked precariously placed. Though Russel came up with that sparkling innings, the KKR team could muster only 108 runs leaving the field wide open for CSK to merry.
Faf du Plessis led the chase with 43 individual runs with 45 balls with three 4s. The KKR team’s spinners Chawla and Sunil Narine troubled the CSK batsmen Raina and Rayudu they could do nothing more with the meagre total the team had compiled. CSK coasted home with 16 balls to spare.
Deepak Chahar was declared as the Man of the Match.
Dhoni admitted that the unpredictable pitch was a bit of concern for both the teams. He regretted that the team missed all rounder Bravo for two matches owing to fitness problem.
The KKR captain Dinesh Karthick felt that the team required a much higher total to fight a team like CSK but that did not happen.
CSK takes on Rajasthan Royals in the next match in Jaipur.