Ravindra Jadeja finished the game in style for Chennai © BCCI
Ravindra Jadeja finished the game in style for Chennai © BCCI

It was Chennai. The venue was Chepauk. This time it was not Dwayne Bravo but a certain Sam Billings who scripted yet another dramatic win for Chennai. His 23-ball 56 snatched the victory from jaws of defeat. Chepauk witnessed run-fest on Tuesday with Kolkata slamming 202 on board. Andre Russell was the catalyst with his sensational unbeaten 36-ball 88.

But the Kolkata bowlers could replicate the success of the bowlers with Chennai’s Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Billings merrily scoring runs at will. Chennai are back to being the table toppers. Although Russell entertained the Chepauk crowd with 11 sixes, it was Billings who was awarded Man of the Match. Here is how both the teams fared after Match 5 of the Indian T20 league 2018:

Kolkata: 

Marks out of 10 for Match No.5 of Indian T20 league 2018
Players Performance Rating
Chris Lynn 22 (16) 5/10
Sunil Narine 12 (4), 4-0-17-1 4/10
Robin Uthappa 29 (16), c1 5.5/10
Nitish Rana 16 (14) 3.5/10
Dinesh Karthik 26 (25), c1 5.5/10
Rinku Singh 2 (4), 1c 2/10
Andre Russell 88 (36), 4-0-35-0 8/10
Tom Curran 2 (5), 3-0-29-2 4/10
Vinay Kumar 1c, 1.5-0-35-0 2/10
Piyush Chawla 4-0-49-1 1.5/10
Kuldeep Yadav 3-0-27-1 1/10

Kolkata’s Team average: 3.8

Chennai: 

Marks out of 10 for Match No.5 of Indian T20 league 2018
Players Performance Rating
Shane Watson 42 (19), 4-0-39-2 8/10
Ambati Rayudu 39 (26) 7/10
Suresh Raina 14 (12), 1 run-out, 1c 4.5/10
MS Dhoni 25 (28), c1 4.5/10
Sam Billings 56 (23) 8.5/10
Ravindra Jadeja 11 (7), 1c, 2-0-19-1 6.5/10
Dwayne Bravo 11 (5), 1c, 3-0-50-0 6/10
Deepak Chahar 1-0-18-0 1/10
Harbhajan Singh 2-0-11-1 2/10
Imran Tahir 4-0-26-0 1/10
Shardul Thakur 4-0-37-1 2/10

Chennai’s Team average: 4.6

The massive difference between both sides is clearly visible. Kolkata will look to rectify the errors made by their bowling unit when they take on Hyderabad on Saturday. Chennai, on the other, seem to carry their champions tag on their comeback and will look carry that forward in the next game against Punjab on Sunday.

Brief Scores

Kolkata 202 for 6 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 88*, Robin Uthappa 29; Shane Watson 4-0-39-2) lost to Chennai 205 for 5 in 19.5 overs (Sam Billings 56, Shane Watson 42; Tom Curran 3-0-39-2) by 5 wickets.

Player of the Match: Sam Billings