CSK vs KKR Match Report: Chennai got defeated again at home, Kolkata put an obstacle in the way of playoffs

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CSK vs KKR Match Report: Chennai got defeated again at home, Kolkata put an obstacle in the way of playoffs

Rinku Singh and Nitish Rana’s partnership took away the victory from Chennai.Image Credit source: BCCI

Chennai: First Jaipur and then Chennai. In IPL 2023, the home team faced a crushing defeat in Sunday’s double header. After the defeat of Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, Chennai Super Kings also got defeated at their home ground Chepauk. Kolkata Knight Riders first put on a strong performance by the bowlers and then Captain Nitish Rana-Rinku Singh On the basis of a fighting partnership, a tremendous victory by 6 wickets was in his name. With this, KKR has somehow kept its hopes alive.

To keep the remaining hopes alive for Kolkata, which had already lagged behind in the playoff race, it was necessary to win this match at any cost. At the same time, Chennai just needed a win in this match, so that it would have secured a place in the playoffs. KKR has completed its work and now has 12 points but has trapped CSK. Chennai has 15 points and will have to win their last match at any cost.

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Chahar increased the difficulties in the beginning

KKR’s spinners and pacers together restricted Chennai to just 144 runs. Although the match was in Chepauk and then the match was with Dhoni’s team, then the victory could not be called sure. The beginning was also similar. In his three overs inside the powerplay, Deepak Chahar (3/27) dismissed both Kolkata openers, Jason Roy (12), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (1), and number three batsman Venkatesh Iyer (9).

Rinku-Nitish dashed hopes

It seemed that from here Chennai will dominate as usual and the team will easily take out this match but this IPL season has given an excellent middle order batsman in the form of Rinku Singh and Rinku (54) has won the hearts of his captain Nitish Rana. Together with (57 not out) ended the hopes of Chennai. Both completed their half-centuries and made a tremendous partnership of 99 runs. In this way, CSK had to face defeat in their last league match at Chepauk.

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KKR’s tremendous bowling

Earlier, Dhoni once again won the toss and decided to bat first. After a brisk start, the team lost the wicket of Rituraj Gaikwad (17) in the fourth over, who was trapped in his spin by Varun Chakraborty (2/36). This was the beginning of havoc in this match of Varun. After this, he also made Ajinkya Rahane (16) walk in the eighth over. At the same time, Devon Conway (30), who was running in good rhythm, could not play a big innings and became the victim of Shardul Thakur.

Ambati Rayudu and Moeen Ali’s poor run with the bat continued and both were dismissed by Sunil Narine (2/15) in the same over. However, Shivam Dubey (48) continued to shine and played a steady innings in difficult conditions. Shared a 68-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (20). But this partnership did not get a chance to score runs openly. In the last two overs, Shardul and young pacer Vaibhav Arora stopped Chennai on a small score by giving just 14 runs.

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