Chennai Super Kings squandered begin and stumbled in its chase dropping to Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Chasing 168 for victory, CSK was 90 for 1 on the finish of 10 overs earlier than KKR fought again strongly to document its third win of the season.
Shane Watson continued his good run from the final match scoring a 50 (40b, 6×4, 1×6), setting platform with Ambati Rayudu (30).
Once the 2 had been dismissed in fast succession, first Rayudu adopted by Watson – leg-before to Narine – the sport slipped away.
Middle order woes
The West Indian spinner was ably supported by Kamlesh Nagarkoti, C.V. Varun and Andre Russell who chipped in with essential wickets.
The CSK center order appeared misplaced as MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Sam Curran struggled to get the remaining runs.
It was as soon as once more a puzzling choice by the workforce administration to have an out of shape Jadhav (7 n.o., 12b, 1×4) come forward of highly effective hitters like Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja.
The Super Kings couldn’t get any boundaries between the 11th and 15th over, scoring solely 20 runs.
Tripathi’s energy knock
Earlier, Rahul Tripathi justified his promotion to the highest of the order by smashing a 51-ball 81 (8×4, 3×6) and guiding KKR to a good rating of 167.
Led by leg-spinner Karn Sharma’s good spell (4-0-25-2) within the center overs, Super Kings got here again strongly after the midway stage. Karn, who changed Piyush Chawla, was enjoying his first match of the season.
Tripathi, who shot into the limelight in IPL 2017 when he shone as an opener for Rising Pune Supergiant, made full use of the chance to go after the bowling within the PowerPlay, hitting 5 boundaries very quickly and giving Knight Riders a stable begin.
After being hit by Tripathi for a six in his opening over, Karn, Super Kings’ solely change for Wednesday’s match, made a grand comeback. He assorted his size and tempo cleverly and didn’t concede one other boundary in his spell.
Knight Riders was properly positioned for a powerful end because it scored 93 for 2 in 10 overs, due to Tripathi’s blitz.
The Super Kings medium-pacers Shardul Thakur (two for 28), Curran (two for 26) and Dwayne Bravo (three for 37) shared seven wickets between them and ensured that Knight Riders’ momentum was arrested in direction of the top after Karn’s spectacular efficiency.
But ultimately, KKR had simply sufficient handy CSK its fourth defeat of the season.