A dissappointing game being played by the two current table toppers in the points table. Chennai finally winning a low scoring match by 7 wickets as they easily surpassed a small target of 110 in the 17th over with FAF Duplesiss top scoring with 42 notout off 45 balls and KKR spinners not able to create much damage to the CSK batting.
Earlier on a sluggish pitch Dhoni put KKR in on winning the toss . The KKR top order did not even try to adjust their style of play according to the character of the pitch and all of them went for their strokes during the first 10 overs on a slowish pitch and perished . Lynn was lbw to a cutback, Narine and Rana caught while trying to force the pace and Uthappa played an atrocious pull shot to be caught at midwicket off Chahar . Skipper Dinesh Karthik (19) looked to briefly take control of KKR innings but lost his wicket at the wrong time and Gill too fell cheaply. Hence it was left entirely to Andre Russell to play the big innings to rescue the KKR innings from total despair and what a special innings it was !!! He played sensibly , took his time trying to adapt to the pitch and then proceeded to play strokes to selective balls. 50 notout off 44 balls studded with 5 fours and 3 sixes , this was a very responsible innings and judging by the nature of the pitch and the match situation, this was one of his top performances . KKR ended at 109/9 and with the dew coming in and a strong CSK batting lineup playing at their home ground, it was expected to be an easy chase for CSK which was proved subsequently. For CSK , Man of the Match Deepak Chahar took 3/20, Harbhajan 2/15 and Imran Tahir 2/21.
It was a bad day at the office for KKR, who are a strong and capable team to take this loss in their stride and move forward. However their spinners need to pick up more wickets , instead of just giving away less runs. Also Robin Uthappa and few others need to make their starts count.
CSK get to the top of the table after this win. Team looking confident of themselves and will get stronger once Bravo returns.