CSK bags the the third victory by beating KKR by 18 runs
CSK bags the the third victory by beating KKR by 18 runs

IPL 2021 KKR vs CSK Highlights: KKR needs to win the match to avoid the hat trick loss in the ongoing IPL 2021 tournament. While CSK seeks to continue their winning streak where they lose the first match and win the followed couple of matches.

Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Toss Details: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and opt to bowl

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Eoin Morgan | KKR Skipper

We are going to bowl. On this ground, it seems to be the fashion and more successful (option), change of ground, a different vibe and hopefully changes of fortunes for us as well. We are looking forward to this game.

It (bit of grass) certainly pleases the international players. It is normally a very good wicket here and the majority of the games have been competitive. Chennai are obviously a strong team and we are hoping to build on the start of our campaign.

A fresh mindset, over time, chasing in Chennai hasn’t been productive for anybody, and chasing at Wankhede is productive. Hopefully, it is a change of fortune for us.

Harbhajan Singh misses out and Kamlesh Nagarkoti comes in. We have an overseas change, Sunil Narine comes in for Shakib.

MS Dhoni | CSK Skipper

Looks similar (to the previous games). But will be tacky and we have to be watchful in the first few overs, see how the wicket behaves and accordingly put a total on the board. It was a very good performance.

There was less dew which meant the spinners could bowl freely. We have to keep our eyes open on how much dew is there and plan accordingly. If we get too much dew then the lengths are quite different.

It is more of a fact that the drier ball turns more than a wetter ball. It is something that has helped me, it helped me during the 2013 Champions Trophy, change of ball and we got a couple of wickets.

We have one change; we have rested Bravo for this game and Ngidi comes in.

Playing XI

Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR)

Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna

Chennai Super Kings(CSK)

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar

IPL 2021 KKR vs CSK Highlights

Chennai Super Kings Batting

Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad gets into lead the CSK while Varun Chakravarthy opens the bowling attack for KKR.

The duo makes an impressive yet aggressive opening partnership which leads CSK to score 115 runs for their first wicket loss. KKR bowlers struggled to draw the early wickets which costs them a massive opening partnership.

At the end of the 10 overs, CSK scored 82 runs for no wickets loss. Finally, in the 13th over Chakravarthy dismissed Gaikwad for 64 runs. A late wickets for KKR yet an important break to restrict the CSK’s batting flow.

Moeen Ali gets in and adds 25 runs for his counterpart and walks to Pavillion after dismissed by Narine. Un expectedly MS Dhoni steps into the yard and joins hands with Faf.

For a certain period of time, MS Dhoni turns into his vintage mode and makes a quick fire of 17 runs from 8 deliveries. Faf turns down the fans expectation of making his debut 100 in the IPL 2021 and remains unbeaten for 95 runs.

CSK at the end of the 20 overs scored 220 runs for 3 wickets loss. 

Kolkata Knight Riders Batting

Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill step into chase the massive target of 221 runs while Chchar opens the bowling attack against KKR.

Chahar in his very first over draws the first blood by dismissing Shubman Gill for duck and made a solid start for the CSK. Chahar in his second over dismissed Nitish Rana for 9 runs and loads the pressure over the KKR.

KKR loses their top 5 wickets for 31 and lands themself in a critical position. But in a surprise, KKR’s lower order players start to make some quality shots which drags KKR to score 97 runs for the same 5 wickets loss at the end of the 10 overs.

Andre Russell seems to get back in his form as he starts to strike massive boundaries and sixes of almost every over. Russel and DK made an 80 run stand and the worrying time starts to CSK.

Finally, its young Sam Curran who breaks the partnership by dismissing Russell for 54 runs off 22 deliveries. A huge relief for CSK after Russell’s dismissal. But Pat Cummins starts the show left by Russell.

CSK bowlers tries hard to restrict the run flow but failed. As a result CSK bowlers focused to break the partnership. Finally with 20 runs required off the last over KKR with a wicket in hand makes the fans get to their edge of the seat.

With a run out of the first delivery, KKR’s heroic performance comes to an end. KKR loses the game by 18 runs to CSK.

Watch KKR vs CSK Highlights

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Man of the Match

  • Name: Faf du Plessis
  • Team: Chennai Super Kings
  • Role: Batsman
  • Stats: 95* runs off 60 deliveries

This was the most fluent I’ve felt so far. Felt the previous game things started to get better. Tonight was another step. It’s about the rhythm of the flow of the hands. Few games before this and even tonight spinners were the best bowlers.

Even Jadeja bowled well for us. The ball just grips a bit. We thought the seamers from the other side we can catch up. He’s a fantastic young talent (Gaikwad). Those first couple of balls you can feel on edge as a batter.

Beautiful to see him trust the timing and the technique. For a small guy he hits the ball a long way. Been very lucky playing under MS for a long time. He knows what he’s doing, pleasure to play under him.

There was dew tonight and then it was a proper batter’s game. That’s when he’s at his dangerous when he’s got nothing to lose (Russell).