The Kolkata Knight Riders chased down a huge target of 221 against the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. Chennai rose to the top of the points table with a 16-run victory.
Kolkata face Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday to avoid a hat-trick defeat after two consecutive defeats. After losing the toss at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Faf du Plessis batted first and scored an unbeaten 90 off 60 balls with nine fours and four sixes.
To avoid a hat-trick defeat, Kolkata went down the hill of runs and lost 5 wickets for 31 runs. Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell took the helm for the sixth wicket. They added 61 runs to this pair. Andre Russell returned confused after Sam Karan’s 112 runs. Before returning to the dressing room, Andre Russell scored 54 off just 22 balls with three fours and six sixes. Karthik returned with 146 runs. Before that he made 40 runs off 24 balls.
The last 30 balls needed 75 runs to win. Kolkata’s Australian star fast bowler Pat Cummins fought alone with the lower order batsmen. In the 18th over, Cummins hit 30 runs with four sixes and a boundary off Sam Karan.
The last 24 balls needed 45 runs to win. Lungi Ngidi took the wicket of Kamlesh Nagarkoti in the 17th over after spending only 5 runs.
The last 16 balls required 40 runs. Shardul Tagore scored 12 runs in the 18th over. Kolkata needed 26 runs from 12 balls. Varun Chakraborty was run out by Sam Karan with 6 runs in the 19th over.
The famous Krishna was run out for 20 runs in the last over when Shardul Tagore took a double run off the first ball. Cummins’ fight stopped through his out. Cummins could not give the team the victory despite scoring an unbeaten 6 runs in 34 balls with four fours and 6 sixes. Chasing 221, Kolkata were bowled out for 202 in 19.1 overs.