Saturday, April 1, 2023

CSK Starts The Indian Leg With An Easy Win Over KKR

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The KKR woes continue in India as well. Their captain is failing to lead from the front match after match and probably that is why they are unable to keep their act to gather. This was a rain shortened game and although KKR spinners did their job well, but still CSK managed a good score of 148 runs in 17 overs and only Robin Uthappa could challenge the CSK score at the beginning, but on the other end the wickets kept on falling and until Yusuf Pathan, who has hardly moved a muscle, this season suddenly came to the party and started hitting the ball out of the park but he was too late and KKR handed over an easy win to CSK in the end.

Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi

Toss:  CSK and elected to bat first

Playing XIs

CSK: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Mahi, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Mithun Manhas, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma

KKR: Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, R Vinay Kumar, Sunil Narine

Mini Score

CSK 148/3 (17 Overs MAX) Run rate: 8.70

Brendon McCullum 56 (40) | Shakib Al Hasan 2/25 (4)

Suresh Raina 31 (25) | Sunil Narine 0/26 (4)

KKR 114/9 (17 Overs MAX) Run rate: 6.70

Robin Uthappa 47 (38) | Ravindra Jadeja 4/12 (4)

Yusuf Pathan 41 (29) | Mohit Sharma 3/22

Result: CSK won by 34 runs

Points: CSK 2 (Total 10) | KKR 0 (Total 4)

Man of the match:  Ravindra Jadeja

Umpires: AK Chaudhary | Nigel Llong | CK Nandan (3rd) | AY Dandekar (Reserve)

How they played the game

Powerplay: CSK 33 runs, 1 wicket | KKR 39 runs, 4 wickets

First 50 runs: CSK 42 balls | KKR 44 balls

50-100 runs: CSK 29 balls | KKR 49 balls

Extras: KKR 6 (LB 5, NB 1) | CSK 4 (3 LB, 1 NB)

Best partnership

CSK: 2nd wicket – 70 runs off 49 balls between McCullum 38 (24) and Raina 31 (25)

KKR: 5th wicket – 27 runs off 25 balls between Uthappa 17 (12) and Yadav 8 (13)

Fours and SIXES

CSK 13 Fours (5 by McCullum, 4 by Raina, 2 by Smith and 1 each by Dhoni and Jadeja) | 6 SIXES (2 by McCullum and 1 each by Smith, Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja)

KKR 8 Fours (5 by Uthappa, 1 each by Gambhir, Kallis and Pathan) | 5 SIXES (4 by Pathan and 1 by Uthappa)

Important fact about the match

  • The match was reduced to 17 overs a side game after rain delayed the start.
  • Ravindra Jadeja’s 4/12 are the best figures in IPL 7 till now.

In the PIC: Ravindra Jadeja takes the best figures of the season

Picture Courtesy: ESPN-Cricinfo 

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