Match highlights: IPL 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings: Tahir, Raina and Jadeja power CSK to seventh of season
Kolkata Knight Riders are coming off consecutive defeats, while CSK have lost just one game in the season

Chennai Super Kings (CSK). have managed to hold their nerves for the nth time and sealed a five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 29th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

While Suresh Raina held the CSK innings together, it was Ravindra Jadeja’s quickfire 31 off 17 balls that helped the defending champions cross the finish line. Also, not to forget the role played by Imran Tahir, who scalped four wickets to restrict KKR to 161/8, to set up this win, which was CSK’s seven from the eight game.

CSK innings:

20th over: That’s it. CSK have done it again. There were in a bit of trouble but Jadeja scored an unbeaten 31 off 17 balls to take them home. CSK’s 7th win of the season. CSK 162/5 (Raina 58, Jadeja 31)

19th over: Jadeja is playing a cameo here. Gurney has conceded 16 in the penultimate over with Jadeja hitting him for three fours. CSK favourites, surely. CSK 154/6 (Raina 57, Jadeja 24)

18th over: 8 runs from Narine’s final over. He finishes with an impressive spell of 2/19 from four overs. But CSK shall think they are favourites to win this 24 required from the last two overs. CSK 138/5 (Raina 56, Jadeja 9)

17th over: 9 runs off Prasidh’s over as Ravindra Jadeja hits a four. Fifty up for Raina as well. CSK have brought down the target  to 32 from the last three overs. CSK 130/5 (Raina 50, Jadeja 7)

16th over: Narine gets the big fish. MS Dhoni is out LBW for 16. KKR are still in this game. CSK under pressure and now the onus is on Raina to take them home. CSK 121/5 (Raina 49, Jadeja 0)

15th over: Dhoni and Raina are doing it here for CSK, it seems. 11 runs off the 15th over as Raina nears fifty. The last three overs have gone for 37 runs. CSK 120/4 (Raina 48, Dhoni 16)

14th over: Another 13-run over for CSK as Raina hits a four and a six off Chawla before the time-out. Last two overs have gone for 26 runs and KKR will not be too pleased with this. CSK 109/4 (Raina 40, Dhoni 13)

13th over: 13 runs off the 13th over. A much needed big over for CSK after the fall of wickets. Dhoni hits a six off Kuldeep Yadav as CSK near hundred. CSK 96/4 (Raina 28, Dhoni 12)

12th over: Chawla strikes again. KKR are not letting CSK build big partnerships. Kedar Jadhav departs for 20. It’s back to Raina and Dhoni now. CSK 83/4 (Raina 26, Dhoni 1)

11th over: Kedar Jadhav looks to counterattack as he hits a six and a four off Kuldeep Yadav after hitting two fours in the previous over bowled by Chawla. 11 runs off the 11th over. CSK 81/3 (Raina 25, Kedar 20)

10th over: Piyush Chawla has struck in his first over as Ambati Rayudu departs after Robin Uthappa takes a good catch. CSK three down and KKR are doing a fine job with the ball here. CSK 70/3 (Raina 25 , Kedar 9)

9th over: Good start from Kuldeep Yadav here. Gives away just four runs as they take the strategic time out. CSK 61/2 (Raina 25, Rayudu 5)

8th over: CSK cross fifty-run mark with 10 runs off Narine’s second over. Raina has hit a four to move past 20. The visitors will want these two to build a solid partnership here. CSK 57/2 (Raina 23 , Rayudu 3)

7th over: KKR are keeping things tight as Prasidh gives away just three runs after Narine’s maiden. Two good overs back to back for the home team. CSK 47/2 (Raina 16, Rayudu 1)

6th over: Big wicket for KKR! A wicket maiden for Sunil Narine after he disturbs the timber to send Faf packing for 24. CSK two down in chase. CSK 44/2 (Raina 14, Rayudu 0)

5th over: Raina has not let that LBW shout affect him as he hits two fours off Prasidh as CSK score 8 runs off the fifth over. CSK 44/1 (Faf 24, Raina 14)

4th over: A wicket and an almost another! Gurney has given KKR their first breakthrough as Shane Watson is out LBW. CSK could have lost another but an inside edge has saved Suresh Raina. CSK 36/1 (Faf 24 , Raina 6)

3rd over: 0, 4, 4, 4, 4, 0! Faf has just done a Russell on Russell. 4 fours in a row and 16 runs off the over. Faf gets a move on and so do CSK. CSK 29/0 (Watson 6, Faf 23)

2nd over: Gurney has started off well here as CSK can only score three runs of his first over. CSK 13/0 (Watson 6, Faf 7)

1st over: Two fours, one each for Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis, as CSK get off the blocks with a 10-run over in chase. CSK 10/0 (Watson 5, Faf 5)

KKR innings:

After not featuring in KKR’s previous game, Chris Lynn made a sensational comeback as the Australian hammered 82 runs. But while he batted brilliantly, his fellow KKR batsmen failed as Imran Tahir ran through the home team’s batting line-up, scalping four wickets, including two two-wicket overs.

While Russell started with a bang, his stay was short-lived. Now, the onus is on KKR bowlers, who have struggled in the tournament, to deliver the goods. Will KKR manage to defend the 162-run target?

Here’s what Chris Lynn had to say about this knock and how KKR innings unfolded:

“We have got 160 on the board, so we need early wickets. I thought the wicket was two paced earlier but it got better later. We lost wickets and that stopped the momentum. We need to get two or three wickets in the powerplay, you never know. We need to hit the top of the stumps, Chennai gave us a bit of width in the early overs.”

20th over: 2 wickets in the final over for Shardul. He has done well today. 18 off his 4 overs and 2 wickets. KKR have been restricted t0 161/8.

19th over: No wicket but Chahar has done well to concede just four runs in the penultimate over after having some troubles in his first three overs. KKR 157/6 (Gill 13, Chawla 3)

18th over: 4 runs and a wicket. Shardul Thakur has done well in his third over to dismiss Dinesh Karthik. An important wicket, more so as KKR needed him to bat till the end after the fall of Lynn and Russell. KKR 153/6 (Gill 11, Chawla 1)

17th over: 7 runs from his final over of the evening. Imran Tahir has done a spectacular job with the ball, with four wickets. Scalped two wicket in an over, twice. KKR 149/5 (Karthik 18 , Gill 8)

16th over: Nine runs from Santner’s final over of the day before the strategic time-out. KKR will need Karthik and Gill till the end. KKR 142/5 (Karthik 15, Gill 4)

15th over: What an over! 12 runs but two BIG WICKETS! Imran Tahir has done it again for CSK. Just when it looked that Lynn will race to his hundred and Andre Russell will go bonkers, Tahir has dismissed Lynn for 82 and Russell for 10. KKR 133/5 (Karthik 0, Gill 2)

14th over: 23 runs off the over! Chris Lynn has gone after Ravindra Jadeja, hitting him for three sixes, and Karthik adding insult to injury (sort of), hitting a four. KKR have moved from 98 to 121 in space of 6 balls. KKR 121/3 (Lynn 82, Karthik 9)

13th over: 7 runs off his third over, Santner is having a good day in the middle. A wicket and just 21 runs off his three over. KKR, meanwhile, close in on a hundred. KKR 98/3 (Lynn 63, Karthik 5)

12th over: After conceding 22 off his first two overs, Chahar goes for 10 on his comeback, with Lynn hitting a six. He is definitely batting in a different zone. KKR 91/3 (Lynn 61, Karthik 2)

11th over: 2 wickets in an over for Imran Tahir and he has halted KKR’s charge. And what about that man, Faf du Plessis! He has taken all the three catches, with the one to dismiss Robin Uthappa, after Nitish Rana’s fall, being a very fine catch. KKR 81/3 (Lynn 53, Karthik 0)

4.55 PM: Stop him if you can! Imran Tahir is on a roll here.

And also try and stop this guy! Faf has taken all the three catches.

10th over: Six runs off the 10th over despite a four on the second ball of the over by Rana. KKR 77/1 (Lynn 51, Rana 19)

9th over: FIFTY! Chris Lynn has brought up his eighth IPL fifty. Imran Tahir, meanwhile, is off to a good start as he goes only for four runs in his first over. KKR 71/1 (Lynn 50, Rana 14)

4.32 PM: A Dhoni fan has landed from Bangladesh to support CSK.

8th over: 9 runs off Jadeja’s second over, with Rana hitting a four. The left-hander is off the blocks very quickly here. Lynn has moved closer to his fifty. KKR 67/1 (Lynn 48, Rana 12)

7th over: Santner goes for 9 runs in his second over as Lynn hits a biggie. KKR have crossed the 50-run mark and Lynn is four away from his half-century. KKR 58/1 (Lynn 46, Rana 6)

6th over: Ravindra Jadeja concedes two fours in his first over as KKR score 49 in the powerplay, losing a wicket of Narine, with Lynn doing a majority of scoring. KKR 49/1 (Lynn 38, Rana 5)

5th over: Introduction of spin from CSK and Mitchell Santner has struck in his first over. Sunil Narine fails to clear Faf du Plessis in the deep and KKR have lost their first wicket. Good start from the Kiwi tweaker. KKR 38/1 (Lynn 32, Rana 0)

4th over: Four on the second ball and on the final ball. Shardul has conceded nine off his second over. KKR are scoring at a brisk pace with Lynn scoring all the runs, barring a leg-bye and a single from Narine. KKR 33/0 (Lynn 31, Narine 1)

3rd over: The two runs in the second over was clearly a calm before the storm. Lynn has taken on Chahar and how! The first three balls have gone for 4, 6, 4 respectively and Lynn is on a roll. KKR 24/0 (Lynn 23, Narine 0)

2nd over: Shardul Thakur has kept the things tight in his first over and goes for 2. Calm before the storm? KKR 10/0 (Lynn 9, Narine 0)

1st over: Three dot balls and then two fours! Chris Lynn has opened the account for KKR and has gone past 100o IPL runs in some style. Deepak Chahar concedes eight in the first over. KKR 8/0 (Lynn 8, Narine 0)

Safe to say, there’s a lot of support for KKR even as there’s plenty of cheer for Dhoni.

3.57 PM: KKR fans, have you begun the chants yet?

3.55 PM: Chennai Super Kings are ready. Are you? asks the team

3.35 PM: Here’s what both the captains had to say at the toss

Dinesh Karthik: We need to bat well. It’s important to hit the right areas when we bowl. It’s been a flat wicket and it’s difficult to take wickets if the batsmen get going. Lynn and Narine are back and Gurney is back in place of Ferguson. Very positive and looking forward to this game.

MS Dhoni: We’ll bowl first. If you see the wickets, they have been good over here. It’s difficult to contain batsmen here, hence we need the opposition to put the runs on the board. We have had a few niggles and concerns but not particularly worried about that. Hope that Bravo comes back as soon as possible, he gives a balance to our side. Without him being there, we need to find the right balance. We have chased down totals, so I think we are in a good space. We are playing with the same side.

KKR Playing XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney

CSK Playing XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

3.30 PM: TOSS: MS Dhoni has won the toss and Chennai Super Kings have elected to field against KKR.

PREVIEW

It wasn’t too long ago that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) had met in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019). As a matter of fact, it was just four days back that CSK got the better of KKR rather comprehensively by seven wickets. Since, CSK have continued their winning momentum, clinching a last-ball humdinger against Rajasthan Royals (RR), while KKR have endured a second consecutive defeat, a result that might just be beginning to become dangerous, considering how the likes of Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Capitals (DC) are starting to climb up on the leaderboard.

For most part of the tournament, the CSK-KKR encounter was billed the battle of the top two sides, and as per the standings, they still continue to take the first two spots. However, KKR is one of the four teams with eight points, on top only due to a superior run-rate, but Mumbai are starting to peak at the right time and one more defeat going forward might see KKR slip down the rankings and play catch up.