Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Chennai Super Kings by six wickets at the Eden Gardens stadium, Kolkata on Thursday.
KKR won the toss and opted to field first. Chennai batted brilliantly with every batsman scoring runs. Shane Watson (36) and Faf Du Plessis (27) provided a good start and then Suresh Raina (31), Ambati Rayudu (21) got the scorecard ticking.
MS Dhoni provided the finishing touches by scoring unbeaten 43 runs off 25 balls that included 4 sixes and 1 four. CSK managed 177 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 20 overs.
Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine scalped two wickets each.
In reply, Kolkata Knight Riders lost Chris Lynn (12) and Robin Uthappa (6) early but Sunil Narine once again contributed in the powerplay overs. He scored 32 runs off 20 balls with the help of two six and four fours.
Youngster, Shubman Gill scored an unbeaten 57 runs off 36 balls that included 2 sixes and 6 fours. Skipper Karthik fired with 45 runs off just 18 balls with the help of 7 fours and a six. KKR won the game with 2.3 overs to spare.
Narine was adjudged Man of the Match for his all-round performance.
In today’s match, KXIP will play MI at the Holkar Stadium, Indore. It’s a do or die game for the Mumbai Indians while a win for Kings XI Punjab can place them to the top of the points table.
Holkar Stadium will host its first game for the IPL this season. As the stadium is small as compared to other grounds in India, big hits are more likely to be seen.
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