In what we witnessed in an epic match; Chennai Super Kings came out victorious over Kolkata Knight Riders. An incredible inning of 86 runs (59 balls) from Faf Duplessis made way for CSK to reach 192 for 3. Kolkata was restricted to 165 for 9 by master class bowling from Shardul Thakur, Jadeja, and Hazelwood.
Kolkata started well as openers scored a total of 91 until departing. Both Venkatesh Iyer & Shubhman Gill scored half-centuries giving a shot at Chennai’s total. After the duo got separated KKR was never in the hunt.
Chennai’s golden boy Shardul came in gave the first major blow to KKR by taking the wicket of Iyer in the 11th over. Then came Jadeja with the magic of spin. Eventually, KKR fell down
Earlier in the match Chennai’s openers Duplessis & Gaikwad got off to a bright start adding 61 runs opening partnership. They were dominating the KKR bowlers. There was a massive chance for KKR to take the wicket of Duplessis at just 2 runs. The Chennai opener tried to toss up Shakib Al Hassan but the bowl went back to what could have been an easy stumping. However, Dinesh Karthik failed to collect the ball.
This is now the 4th IPL Cup for Chennai Super Kings and another golden feather to Dhoni’s cap. He proved what he said last year. Chennai opener Faf du Plessis was awarded the man of the match with his impressive performance with the bat.