IPL 2019: All-round CSK beats KKR, zooms to pole position

IPL 2019: Faf du Plessis' partnership with Ambati Rayadu, and Kedar Jadav made Chennai Super Kings win over Kolkata Knight Riders.

Du Plessis anchored CSK's run chase with an unbeaten 45-ball 43 including three boundaries. The Protean right-hander stitched crucial partnerships with Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav to take CSK home. Photo: IPL
Sunil Narine removed Shane Watson and Suresh Raina early in CSK's chase to raise hopes of a KKR comeback. Photo: IPL
KKR all-rounder Andre Russell, despite nursing a wrist injury, blasted a 44-ball 50 including three maximums and five sixes to take KKR to a modest total. He found little support from his other team-mates who struggled to get going on a sluggish surface. Photo: IPL
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir rocked KKR's middle order with two wickets for just 21 runs. He removed KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik and Shubman Gill off consecutive overs and almost had Andre Russell dismissed but for Harbhajan Singh's dropped chance. Photo: IPL
Deepak Chahar's 3 for 20 coupled with incisive spells from CSK's spin trio rattled KKR's batting line-up in an innings where none of the visiting batsmen, except Andre Russell, could get going. Photo: M Prabhu