IPL 2021- CSK Vs KKR


Courtesy : Times of India

Another humdinger at Wankhade stadium , Mumbai tonight in a high scoring IPL match.  This time it  was between CSK and KKR.  And the men who set the stadium on fire were KKR’s late order  all rounders Andre Russell, Pat Cummins and wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik. It was an excellent Bat and Ball contest. It was KKR’s All Rounders batting Vs CSK’s Pace bowlers.

Chasing a mammoth total of 221, KKR top order batsmen crumbled under the weight of heavy score.  CSK’s Deepak Chahar, the Power Play bowling specialist, dented the early hopes of KKR’s chase claiming four wickets for 29 runs with his excellent swing bowling. And the KKR was in a precarious situation tottering at 31/5  within the Power play.

Enter the dragon, the hard hitting power house Andre Russell, the thunderstorm started and the runs were flowing in torrents .  He and Dinesh Karthik (DK) added 79 runs for the 6th wicket in just 42 balls.  Russell’s firework ended when his misjudgement to leave a ball around leg stump bowled by Sam Curran and only to see his woodwork disturbed and cartwheeled.  His cavalier knock got him 54 runs of 22 balls with 3 x 4 and a breathtaking 6×6 and this has raised the  hope of KKR a chance to win.  And DK joined the party with a flourish of boundaries and sixes.  He and Pat Cummins added 34 runs in 22 balls for the 7th wicket before DK misread an incoming delivery from Lungi Ngidi and was plumb in front of the wicket.  DK ‘s cameo exploits got him 40 runs of 24 balls with 4 x4 and 2 x 6. 

When DK left at 146/7  in the 15th over still needing 73 runs, it was an arduous task. But the  Aussie All rounder Pat Cummins took up the gauntlet of the challenge and took the match deep with tailenders till the last over. He almost pulled off victory for KKR.

He added 30 runs with K. Nagarkoti for the 8th wicket in just 8 balls. He added 24 runs in 12 balls with Varun Chakravarthi for the 9th wicket. The tailenders’ contributions were  just 0 runs.

In the 16th over bowled by Sam Curran, the lanky Aussie all rounder Cummins hit a grand 30 runs and it reads like this : 2, 6, 6,6,4,6 . 

In the 17th over of Ngidi only 5 runs were scored and lost a wicket.  

In the 18th Over Shardul Thakur conceded 12 runs including a horrible 3 consecutive wides.

In the 19th over of Sam Curran 8 runs including a six by Cummins were scored and Varun Chakravathy was Run out.

In the 20th over needing 20 runs bowled by Thakur with only the last batsman at the non-striker’s end, Cummins hit the ball to long-on and to keep strike he ran 2 runs but Prasidh Krishna was late to react and so when the throw came from deep, he was short of the crease by a few yards at the danger end and was RUN OUT.  Pat Cummins was left high and dry with unbeaten 66 of just 34 balls in a heap of 4×4 and 6x 6  and CSK romped home by 18 runs. And this is CSK’s third straight win in this edition.

Earlier put into bat , CSK amassed 220 runs thanks to the brilliant batting exploits of the “Player of the Match” Faf du plesis who remained unbeaten 95 and  whose mojo with the bat continued today also.  His opening wicket partnership of 115 runs with the rookie Ruturaj Gaikwad, who found his form today with a fine half century laid the solid foundation for a grand total of 220 runs. 

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