IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders beats Chennai Super Kings to stay alive in playoffs race

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets to stay alive in the IPL 2023 playoff race. Although CSK is still well-placed to make it to the last four, a win on Sunday could’ve sealed the deal for MS Dhoni’s men.

Published : May 14, 2023 23:22 IST , Chennai - 2 MINS READ

Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Nitish Rana, left, and Rinku Singh stictched a crucial partnership to help their side chase the target.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Nitish Rana, left, and Rinku Singh stictched a crucial partnership to help their side chase the target. | Photo Credit: AP
infoIcon

Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Nitish Rana, left, and Rinku Singh stictched a crucial partnership to help their side chase the target. | Photo Credit: AP

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to stay alive in the IPL 2023 playoff race. Although CSK is still well-placed to make it to the last four, a win on Sunday could’ve sealed the deal for MS Dhoni’s men.

Deepak Chahar threatened to break the back of KKR’s 145-run chase with three wickets in the PowerPlay, with the dismissal of Venkatesh Iyer standing out. Knowing Iyer’s tendency to stay leg-side of the ball and hit square on the off side, Dhoni had a short-third in place to grab the edge, and that is where Iyer’s catch went.

With his team three down for 46 after six overs, Nitish Rana, in the company of Rinku Singh, calmed frayed nerves. The presence of two left-handers at the crease meant Dhoni had to delay introducing Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. Meanwhile, Rinku eased the pressure with two boundaries off Moeen Ali in the ninth over. And when Jadeja finally came on in the 12th over, Rinku carted him for a six.

In between, Rana got a reprieve when Matheesha Pathirana dropped him at deep backward square. He made CSK pay with two inside-out boundaries off Moeen over covers in the 13th over. Both batters reached their respective fifties, and their 99-run stand ultimately ensured the raucous cheers of CSK fans gave way to gasps of despair and a well-deserved KKR win.

Earlier, Dhoni decided to bat on a “sticky” surface. Varun Chakravarthy (2 for 36) came on inside the first six and had Ruturaj Gaikwad caught. Sunil Narine (2/15) then clean bowled Ambati Rayudu before sending back Moeen in the same over. Dube and Jadeja’s alliance resulted in a more sedate phase of play initially. But in the 17th over, they smacked Suyash Sharma for 16. Dube remained unbeaten on 48 off 34 and added 68 with Jadeja, but in the end, CSK was left to rue a below-par total.

More on IPL News

  1. RR vs RCB: What happened the last time Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bengaluru played each other in IPL playoff?
  2. RR vs RCB, Eliminator, IPL 2024: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru head-to-head record; highest run-getters, wicket-takers
  3. KKR vs SRH Qualifier 1, IPL 2024: All-round show from Kolkata Knight Riders deflates high-flying Sunrisers Hyderabad
  4. IPL 2024 Purple Cap standings after KKR vs SRH, Qualifier 1: Varun Chakravarthy jumps to third; Harshal Patel holds onto top spot
  5. IPL 2024 Orange Cap standings after KKR vs SRH, Qualifier 1: Virat Kohli holds onto top spot; Head continues third
READ MORE STORIES

Latest on Sportstar

  1. Serie A champion Inter Milan facing a nervous wait as deadline passes for loan repayment to Oaktree
  2. Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea after one year as manager of the Premier League club
  3. RR vs RCB: What happened the last time Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bengaluru played each other in IPL playoff?
  4. RR vs RCB, Eliminator, IPL 2024: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru head-to-head record; highest run-getters, wicket-takers
  5. KKR vs SRH IPL 2024 Qualifier 1 Match in Pictures: Shreyas’ Knight Riders silence Pat Cummins and Co. in Ahmedabad to make final
READ MORE STORIES
Sign in to unlock all user benefits
  • Get notified on top games and events
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign up / manage to our newsletters with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early bird access to discounts & offers to our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment