Rabindra Dhungel,8 october 2020. Chennai Super Kings lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs in the 21st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. This is Chennai’s fourth defeat in the current season. This is Kolkata’s third win. Chasing a winning target of 168 for victory, Chennai managed to score only 157 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. Even though Chennai started well, they could not finish well and lost. Chennai needed 36 runs off 12 balls to win. In the 19th over, spinner Sunil Narayan spent only 10 runs and needed 26 runs in the last over to win.
Chennai’s victory was marred when Andre Russell bowled Kedar Jadhav in the first two overs. Gave a run in the third ball. Ravindra Jadeja hit a six off the fourth ball. But the six was too late for Chennai.
Hitting fours in a row in the fifth and sixth balls was not enough to win. Jadhav remained unbeaten on 7 off 12 balls with one four. Jadeja remained unbeaten on 21 off 8 balls with three fours and one six. In the fourth ball of Shivam Mabhi’s fourth over, opener Faf du Plessis was caught by wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik for 17 runs. Du Plessis hit three fours off 10 balls. In the first ball of the 13th over, Kamlesh Nagarkoti caught Ambati Rayudu for 30 off Subhaman Gill. Rayudu hit three fours in 27 balls. Rayudu and Watson shared 69 runs for the second wicket.
In the first ball of the 14th over, spinner Sunil Narayan lbw out Watson for 50 runs. Watson hit six fours and a six off 40 balls. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was bowled out for 11 by Barun Chakraborty in the third ball of the 17th over.
Andre Russell’s big ball in the first ball of the 18th over was caught by Sam Karan Owen Morgan for 17 runs in Chennai’s victory was difficult. Karan hit 1 four and 1 six in 11 balls. Kolkata’s Sunil Narayan, Shivab Mabhi, Barun Chatrabarti, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Andre Russell took one wicket each. Earlier, after winning the toss at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Kolkata were all out for 167 runs in 20 overs.
Opener Rahul Tripathi contributed the highest 81 runs. Tripathi hit eight fours and three sixes in 51 balls before being caught by Shane Watson in the 17th over off Dwayne Bravo. In the second ball of the fifth over, Shardul Thakur caught opener Subhaman Gill for 11 off Dhoni to give Chennai their first victory. Kolkata had changed to opening pair in today’s game. All-rounder Sunil Narayan, who had performed poorly in the first four games, was replaced by Rahul Tripathi. Tripathi and Gill shared 37 runs for the first wicket.
Leg-spinner Karan Sharma caught Nitesh Rana for 9 off Ravindra Jadeja in the first ball of the ninth over. In the last ball of the 11th over, Sharma caught Narayan for 17 off Faf du Plessis. Before hitting an excellent catch at deep mid wicket, Narayan hit 1 four and 1 six off 9 balls. Owen Morgan, who was trying to play a shot in the last bouncer ball of Sam Karan’s 14th over, was caught by Dhoni for 7 runs. In Thakur’s second ball of the 16th over, Andre Russell was caught by Dhoni for two runs and Kolkata reached 128-5. In the last ball of the 19th over, Sam Karan was caught out for 12 by Dinesh Karthik Thakur. Pat Cummins remained unbeaten on 17 off 9 balls with one four and one six.
Karan Sharma took 2 wickets for 25 runs in 4 overs. Shardul Thakur took 2 wickets for 28 runs in 4 overs. Sam Karan took 2 wickets for 26 runs in 4 overs. Dwayne Bravo took 3 wickets for 37 runs in 4 overs. Deepak Chahar proved to be the most expensive bowler.
He scored 47 runs in 4 overs. Chennai had beaten Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets in the first match. In the second match, Rajasthan Royals lost by 16 runs and Delhi Capitals by 44 runs. Sunrisers lost to Hyderabad by 7 runs. But Punjab was defeated by 10 wickets.
Chennai will now play Royal Challengers Bangalore next Saturday. Kolkata had lost the first match by 49 runs to Mumbai. In the second match, Hyderabad lost by 7 wickets. Rajasthan was defeated by 37 runs while Delhi was defeated by 18 runs. Kolkata will play Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.