Twin fifties from the left-handed pair of Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh helped KKR pull off a vital six-wicket win over Chennai at Chepauk on Sunday evening.
Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad acquired CSK off to a flyer on a difficult observe after MS Dhoni elected to bat first. Varun Chakravarthy picked up Gaikwad in his first over as spinners appeared to dominate towards the star-studded CSK XI. Conway and Ajinkya Rahane stitched a 30-run-stand earlier than 4 wickets put the house aspect on the backfoot.
The left-handed pair of Ravindra Jadeja and Shivam Dube then steadied the ship, with lanky Dube being the aggressor of the 2. The person in kind saved smashing the poor balls previous the boundary rope, however some tight bowling from the spin trio of Varun, Sunil Narine and Suyash Sharma saved CSK quiet all through.
Following Jadeja’s wicket within the remaining over, the group puller MS Dhoni made his presence felt however couldn’t do a lot injury with the bat as he managed simply two of as many balls. CSK scored a gritty 144 for six within the first innings.
The chase, in the meantime, didn’t begin the way in which KKR would have preferred as they misplaced opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz inside the primary over itself. It was about time earlier than Deepak Chahar eliminated Venkatesh Iyer and accounted for Jason Roy, as KKR was reeling at 33 for 3 at one stage.
The pair of Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh took the onus on them and bailed the workforce out of hassle. Each saved rotating strike and made a lot of the unhealthy deliveries by smashing them for boundaries. None of MS Dhoni’s bowlers may cease them from constructing a basis on which they finally took the sport dwelling.
The person for KKR this season, Rinku Singh, accomplished his fifty, whereas Rana additionally reached his half-century shortly. Simply when it appeared just like the pair will take the workforce dwelling, Moeen Ali’s direct throw eliminated Rinku on 54.
Rana and Andre Russell then accomplished the formalities within the second-last over as KKR gained the return leg with six wickets in hand and delayed MS Dhoni-led CSK’s playoffs qualification.