Ruturaj Gaikwad 72 and Jadeja 31* runs beat the KKR by 6 wickets in Indian Premier League.

MS Dhoni called it right at the toss and telling dew as a reason, opted to bowl first. With some injury concerns and in an attempt to try some options, CSK has made three changes. Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Monu Kumar make way for Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi and Karn Sharma.

Andre Russell remains to be sidelined for KKR, which is certainly a blow considering the importance of the tie. Just one change for KKR who have added Rinku Singh with Prasidh Krishna dropped.

In a must-win game, KKR openers stepped up with their best start in the season.
Nitish Rana was the highest run-scorer, smashing 87 runs off 61 deliveries. Rana’s innings comprised of ten boundaries and four sixes. Fellow opener Shubman Gill was the second-highest run-getter, scoring 26 runs off 17 balls.

Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers, accounting for two dismissals. Spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner and Karn Sharma chipped in with a wicket apiece. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) posted a total of 172 runs for the loss of five wickets.

CSK started strong in their pursuit of 173, scoring 44 runs without losing a wicket in the Powerplay. Ruturaj Gaikwad 72 runs gave another win to CSK and again became Man of the Match.

Ruturaj  Gaikwad of Chennai Superkings during match 44 of season 13 of the Dream 11 Indian Premier League (IPL) between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on the 25th October (livesportcentre.com)
Ruturaj Gaikwad of Chennai Superkings(BCCI/IPL)

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Man of the Match: It is feeling good. Pretty confident as well. I have backed myself. Both the innings when I got out early, I knew the situation was a little tough. Covid has made me tough. As our captain says, face every situation with a smile. I stayed positive and didn’t think much about the future.

Shane Watson 14 runs off 19 deliveries MS Dhoni 1 runs off 4 deliveries became prey of Varun Chakravarthy. Ambati Rayadu departs for 38, by Sunil Narine.

Varun Chakravarthy took out Watson & Dhoni and finished with the figures of 4-0-20-2 (livesportcentre.com)
Varun Chakravarthy took out Watson & Dhoni and finished with the figures of 4-0-20-2 (BCCI/IPL)

Ravindra Jadeja excellent 31 runs off 11 deliveries with smashing 3 six and 2 four helped CSK to chase the target.

Ravindra Jadeja: I was hitting the ball well in the nets and kept thinking about that and I managed to do that in the match. We (me and Curran) were talking about going after the bowlers, and in the last 12 balls you don’t think much. Just see the ball and hit the ball. I was looking to not loose my shape, and I knew if they bowled in my arc, I could hit a six. Winning every game always means a lot to us.

Eoin Morgan, KKR skipper: I think we played really well there, just on the wrong side of the toss. The dew from about the 8th over was really challenging. We improved on our batting (as compared to the previous games). Our bowlers absolutely gave it their everything. We have one game left, and still have a very little chance. We felt we were right in the game (at the halfway stage). Nitish Rana kicked on and showed his class once again. It was actually a good day for us with the bat. They (Narine and Varun) are two fantastic spinners. I can’t fault anyone’s effort tonight. He (Nagarkoti) didn’t have enough runs to defend. He’s a young guy, he will take it on the chin and move forward. Looking forward to the next game against Royals.

MS Dhoni, CSK skipper: I think it was one game in which the climax went in our favour. Lot of credit to the guys. This season he (Jadeja) has been fantastic. He has been the only one in our team who has scored in the death overs. He needed somebody else and that would have been good for us. We want to give games to people who haven’t played. Ruturaj has shown the talent that he is. He came in and got positive with Covid. We didn’t have much time to have a look at him. He is one of the talented youngsters going around. He is not someone who speaks a lot. Once you go inside, you are the only one handling the pressure. When we made him play the first game, he stepped out and got out. But one ball is never enough. I think it is very exciting how he has grabbed his chances. It is very important to be relevant in the tournament. It was very important for us to give it our best. We are not in a position to qualify for the next stage but we have had a glimpse of people who can play for us in the coming seasons.

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