CSK chase 203 in blockbuster finish to homecoming, Chennai Super Kings 205 for 5 (Billings 56, Watson 42) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 202 for 6 (Russell 88*) by five wickets. A chaotic start welcomed Chennai Super Kings back to the MA Chidambaram Stadium: protests and a delayed toss due to the late arrival of match officials. The end was even more frenetic, as Super Kings hunted down 17 off the final over, bowled by Vinay Kumar, to edge a high-scoring thriller and keep the IPL’s trend of successful chases this season alive. Chasing 203 after Andre Russell blitzed 88 off 36 balls, the highest score by a No. 7 batsman or lower in the IPL, Super Kings’ pursuit ebbed and flowed until the final over. Super Kings were given an imperative, rapid start by Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu, whose 75-run opening stand off 35 balls brought the voice of a subdued home crowd back. Then MS Dhoni’s 25 off 28 pushed Knight Riders ahead once more as the required rate soared.
Eventually, the innings that gave Super Kings a danger came from Sam Billings. His power is in opposition to pace, so he bided his time against Knight Riders’ spinners, the use of his toes and tucking twos into large gaps. Off the seamers, he pulled, drove and scooped his way to a 23-ball 56, his quickest T20 half-century, however holed out in the penultimate over. Then the closing over. Vinay’s first ball, a full toss on leg stump that was questionably deemed a no-ball for height, used to be swung away over excellent leg for six by way of Dwayne Bravo. Off the penultimate delivery, Ravindra Jadeja thumped a six over long-on to whole some other wonderful come-from-behind win for Super Kings.
Given their personnel and the roles assigned, Knight Riders have set their template for the season: attack from the outset and don’t let wickets get in the way too much. The vogue is already discernible. At the end of the Powerplay in their first game, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Knight Riders were sixty eight for 2. At the same factor in opposition to Super Kings, they were sixty four for 2. After 9 overs in the preceding game, Knight Riders have been 92 for three In this game, they were 87 for 4 The top three of Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa scored a mixed sixty three runs off 36 balls towards Super Kings. The method of trying to score boundaries no matter losing wickets is fraught with risk, but it has labored for Knight Riders twice in two games.
Russell had a strike rate of 128 and a dot-ball percentage of forty three towards legspinners in T20s, prior to Tuesday. So, it wasn’t stunning that Imran Tahir used to be added on right away after Russell came in. He conceded five runs off eight balls in opposition to Russell. With the primary risk viewed out, Russell feasted on Super Kings’ quick bowlers, who either had the wrong plan or neglected their execution too often. As the bowlers over and over erred too full, Russell teed up the straight boundaries. Russell’s most productive hitting area used to be straight: he scored 50 runs off 15 balls between long-off and long-on. Overall, eighty four of his 88 runs came in the front of square on both sides. Off full balls, he scored fifty two runs off 15 balls, at a strike charge of 346.7. His eventual smart strike rate of 347.22 over a 36-ball innings used to be a just indicator of the the have an impact on of his blitz. In all, he hit 11 sixes out of 31 in the fit – that is the joint-highest fit tally in the tournament’s history.
Without a robust begin in a 200-plus chase, the likelihood of getting close to the goal reduces drastically. During the route of such a chase, wickets similarly bump up the required rate. So, against a sturdy bowling attack, the solely hazard Super Kings had was if their openers started aggressively. Shane Watson hit forty two off 19 balls, with three fours and three sixes, at a clever strike fee of 278.69 compared to his real strike charge of 221.05. Ambati Rayudu saved abreast with Watson for the entirety of the Powerplay, adding 39 off 26 balls. Together, their partnership compensated for a stuttering Dhoni innings to provide Super Kings a threat in a difficult chase.