KKR– 202/10 (19.1 over)
Andre Russell- 54(22)
Pat Cummins- 66(34)*
CSK- 220/3 (20 over)
Faf du plessis- 95(60)*
Ruturaj Gaikwad- 64(42)
Deepak Chahar- 4-0-29-4
RESULT: CSK won by 18 runs
Have to give it to KKR for the way they fought back. But let that not paper over the cracks of which there are plenty. That batting line-up hasn’t looked convincing after the first game. Only Nitish Rana aggregates more than 100 runs for them this season in four matches. And the bowling has suffered as well, conceding over 200 in their last two matches, one of them at Chepauk. None of their bowlers have an economy rate under 8 (CSK have five). Fewer headaches for CSK though who have gone top of the table. That’s it from us here. A goodbye from Sagar Chawla on behalf of Akshay Maanay, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Abhinand Raghavendran and Venky.
Man of the Match:
This was the most fluent I’ve felt so far. Felt the previous game things started to get better. Tonight was another step. It’s about the rhythm of the flow of the hands. Few games before this and even tonight spinners were the best bowlers. Even Jadeja bowled well for us. The ball just grips a bit. We thought the seamers from the other side we can catch up. He’s a fantastic young talent (Gaikwad). Those first couple of balls you can feel on edge as a batter. Beautiful to see him trust the timing and the technique. For a small guy he hits the ball a long way. Been very lucky playing under MS for a long time. He knows what he’s doing, pleasure to play under him. He was due tonight and then it was a proper batter’s game. That’s when he’s at his dangerous when he’s got nothing to lose (Russell).—Faf du plessis, Man of the Match
Upstox Most Valuable Asset of the Match:
Unacademy Lets Crack It Sixes of the Match award:
CRED Power Player of the Match:
Safari Super Striker of the Match:
Dream11 GameChanger of the Match:
VIVO Perfect Catch of the Match:
I don’t know (what I am doing right). I am just trying to bowl straight balls and it is swinging. It was a good wicket to bowl on, the ball was swinging and seaming. I didn’t pick a lot of wickets last year and I realised later that when I’m bowling the first over I have the responsibility and if I get 1-2 wickets in the powerplay, the tone is set. The dew came in, the ball was coming on nicely, some good batting by Russell and we also bowled some bad balls, so it was a combination of everything. Even the cutters Sam was bowling were coming onto the bat. I was thinking we should not lose this match, they were batting really well and at one point needed 40 off 20 balls which is very gettable on this ground. It is always good to win matches like this in the group stage as you learn a lot of things.Deepak Chahar
First three games I did not get a good start and thankfully I got a start today. When you have such experienced players in the dressing room, it makes your job easy. To be honest nothing much, they just kept backing me and even that small innings in the last game they found some positives. They knew there were 1-2 good deliveries, the confidence was always there and when other players came up to have a chat, it feels really good. This is the same attitude and same intensity (I carry in every game). I think it was holding up initially for the spinners and even now, this will be a very good score to defend.Ruturaj Gaikwad
Winning Captain, MS Dhoni (CSK):
Quite easy in a game like this. From the 16th over onwards the contest was between the fast bowler and the batsman. You can’t do too much. Can’t put different field. It’s about you vs me. The side that has one is a side that has executed slightly better. But if they would’ve had more wickets, could’ve been different. Have seen enough in cricket, always like to be humble. There’s no good reason if you have scored, the opposition can’t score. My lines to the players was that we have got good runs on the board but let’s be humble. You don’t want to take too many early wickets. Big hitters coming in, 200 runs, there’s only one way they’ll play. Not much you can do. The only option was Jadeja. It was turning, was a bit dry. The batting has been really good. Rutu is somebody who has shown his class in the last IPL. You always need to assess where he is mentally. Once when he was off guard, I just asked him how are you feeling today. When you put a question like that, you wait for the reactions, you see what’s in his eyes. There was enough in his reactions to suggest he wasn’t rattled. That’s what I’ve been doing all my life (applying psychology) but in a good way.
Losing Captain, Eoin Morgan (KKR):
It’s (pulse) quite high at the moment. What a hell of a game of cricket. Certainly from the position we were in after our powerplay, we probably didn’t think we’d get as close as we did. But Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik really did put a partnership together, once you do that taking advantage of the conditions here, it’s very difficult to stop. A partnership going in that manner and then following that Pat Cummins the way he played really gave us every chance towards the end. Tremendous fight from our middle and lower order which is all you can ask for when you lose wickets upfront like that. The first five overs of our batting didn’t go our way. We didn’t play as well as would have liked. If we had built a partnership and taken advantage of those early overs going into those middle overs, we would have been in a really strong position. We can be happy with the way (we adapted to) new ground, different challenges. Going back to it now having watched our guys bat, I don’t think there was a great deal of margin of error. So we have to be a little bit kinder to our bowlers when we walk off. Having been hit for 220 and then nearly getting close, being five down very early, you have to be honest with the bowlers about execution. It does make a huge amount of difference but you really have to be on the money here. I tend to stay away from Andre after he’s got out. When he’s in the form like this, he’s as good a player as any in the tournament, particularly when he strikes the ball like that. It’s great that he’s been in this sort of form. it’s disappointing that the rest of us couldn’t help him out. He’ll obviously be disappointed.