Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) victory over Chennai Super Kings (CSK)  by 10 runs and third in point table.

KKR won the toss and opted to bat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 21st match of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Rahul Tripathi was dismissed for 81 runs off 51 deliveries after scoring his 5th IPL half-century, with the side 6 down..cheap dismissals of Shubman Gill 11runs off deliveries 12, Nitish Rana 9 runs off 10 deliveries, Eoin Morgan 7 runs off 10 deliveries, Andre Russell 2 runs off 4 deliveries and Sunil Narine17 runs off 9 deliveries.

Player of the Match Rahul Tripathi

After the tremble, the middle order Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) put 167runs on the scoreboard.

After the early dimmesl of Faf du Plessis 17 runs off 10 deliveries Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsmen Shane Watson and Ambati Rayadu stitched Partnership: 69(51) Watson completed a half-century off 39 deliveries before being dismissed with fellow opener Faf du Plessis 17 runs, MS Dhoni 11 runs and Ambati Rayadu 30 runs.

Once again Chennai Super Kings (CSK) middle order could not justify their talent and fell the wicket one after another and lost the match by 10 runs.

MS Dhoni | CSK (losing) captain: In the middle overs there was a phase where they bowled 2-3 good overs. If we batted better, and didn’t lose 2-3 wickets in a row,. We should’ve been careful in the first 5-6 overs. Curran was really good with the ball, and I think we did well in general with the ball, but the batsmen let the bowlers down today. Rotation of strike was important, but I think there were hardly any boundaries in the final few overs, so we need to be innovative at the end when they are continuously hitting a back of a length. That’s where we need to adapt better with the bat and I don’t think we did that.

Karthik| KKR(Winning)Captain: There are some key players for every time. Narine is one for us. Least we can do is back him. 2-3 poor games, doesn’t matter. Good to see Tripathi do the job at the top. Good thing about Russ is he’s very versatile. He can bat slightly up, slightly down. Our batting is very fluid. I started at three, today I batted at seven. The way those guys batted at the start, they batted very well. Back end I’ve a lot of trust in Sunil and Varun, paid off.

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