Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of Match 21 of IPL 2020 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Kolkata Knight Riders beats Chennai Super Kings by 10 runs.
KKR 167 all out (20 overs); CSK 157/5 (20 overs)
Chennai 142/5 after 19 overs: The form of Kedar Jadhav will certainly come under scrutiny as the batsman is struggling to time the ball although he manages to get one against Narine. It's the KKR spinners who chocked CSK and the loss of Dhoni only pushed them back further. Chennai needs 26 in 6 balls.
Chennai 132/5 after 18 overs: Andre Russell has delivered just what Kolkata needed. He removes Sam Curran and then suffocates Kedar Jadav with short stuff. The game is slowly slipping away from Chennai's reach. Chennai needs 36 runs in 12 deliveries.
Chennai 129/4 after 17 overs: Varun Chakravarthy might have just turned the game towards Kolkata's way as he castles MS Dhoni, who departs for 11. Kolkata well and truly in the game and Chennai needs a big over to clinch this thriller.
Chennai 124/3 after 16 overs: Sam Curran has taken charge as he smacks Sunil Narine for a six and then a boundary as 14 runs come from the over. Dhoni, meanwhile is yet to tee off. Chennai requires 44 in 24 balls.
Chennai 110/3 after 15 overs: Dhoni and spin, so far so good. The CSK skipper is banking on singles and doubles and with a spread field, clearning the rope would be a tough task. Kolkata doing an excellent job and Karthik's decision to hold Narine is proving right.
Chennai 104/3 after 14 overs: Three runs and a wicket and Sunil Narine with the wicket of Shane Watson has brought Kolkata back into the match. Sam Curran joins MS Dhoni and CSK believe the left-right combination will work. However, the required rate has climbed just above 10. Interestingly poised.
Chennai 101/2 after 13 overs: Eventful over as Kamlesh Nagarkoti removes Ambati Rayudu as he hits straight to Shubman Gill at long-on. MS Dhoni walks in at No.4 and Shane Watson gets to his half-century. Kolkata has tightened things but a couple of good overs from Chennai should tilt the match in Dhoni's favour.
Chennai 99/1 after 12 overs: Alright, Karthik brings in Sunil Narine and he bowls an excellent over, giving just five runs. Watson a run away from fifty.
Chennai 94/1 after 11 overs: Smart batting from Watson and Rayudu as they see off Pat Cummins' final over and there is no sign of Sunil Narine yet. Both batsmen are aiming to target one spinner, although Chennai is riding perfectly at the moment in tandem with the required run-rate. Kolkata needs wickets.
Chennai 90/1 after 10 overs: Shane Watson is three runs short of his half-century and he has smacked Kamlesh Nagarkoti for two boundaries. Nagarkoti goes short and Watson pulld him to deep mid-wicket and then drills a full delivery through the extra cover region. Top stuff.
Chennai 78/1 after 9 overs: Shane Watson showing some deft touches as he paddles Varun Chakravarthy to the fine-leg boundary and Chennai is just being little cautious against the spinner.
Chennai 69/1 after 8 overs: Ambati Rayudu gives Kamlesh Nagarkoti the charge as he steps out to whack over extra cover for a boundary. Watson, meanwhile, is happy rotating the strike.
Chennai 62/1 after 7 overs: Watson and Rayudu have decided to take on spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Watson nearly survives as a pull falls just short of Tripathi in the deep. Rayudu, however, muscles the next ball to the deep mid-wicket boundary and the placement was exceptional as the ball raced to the fence, bisecting the two fielders.
Chennai 54/1 after 6 overs: Watson frees his arms with a boundary and a fantastic pull over deep square leg for a maximum. Rayudu meanwhile is warming up with good running between the wickets. Shivam Mavi is turning out to be expensive.
Chennai 41/1 after 5 overs: Ambati Rayudu is off with a boundary - a deliberate poke but Pat Cummins bounces back to end the over, considerably well.
Chennai 32/1 after 4 overs: Shivam Mavi strikes and he picks the prized scalp of Faf du Plessis. Chases a wide delivery and gets an outside edge as Karthik completes the formalities.
Chennai 25/0 after 3 overs: Faf du Plessis has taken the role of an attacker as he smacks Pat Cummins for a lovely boundary through the mid-wicket and he is in such good form. Sound start from CSK.
Chennai 18/0 after 2 overs: Excellent from Faf du Plessis as he pockets two consecutive boundaries to give Chennai a sedate start. Shivam Mavi gives 12 from his opening over.
Chennai 6/0 after 1 over: Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are off the mark as Chennai begins its 168 run-chase.
End of Innings: Kolkata 167 all out
Alright we are back for the chase and it will be Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis who will open for Chennai. With the ball, it will be Pat Cummins with the new ball with Watson on strike.
Excellent from Chennai as the bowlers pulled back things to bowl out Kolkata for 167. Rahul Tripathi was the lone batsmen to get going as the rest fell around him. Karn Sharma was the pick of the bowlers taking 2/25, while Dwayne Bravo scalped three wickets, including his 150th in the IPL.
Kolkata 162/7 after 19 overs: Dinesh Karthik's little cameo comes to an end as Sam Curran gets the KKR skipper with Shardul Thakur completing a juggling catch.
Kolkata 154/6 after 18 overs: Pat Cummins has tonked Shardul Thakur over the deep mid-wicket to spoil a relatively good over. KKR need more of those.
Kolkata 140/6 after 17 overs: WICKET - Chennai has done an excellent job by picking wickets at regular intervals and this time Dwayne Bravo denies Rahul Tripathi a century as he dismisses the batsman for 81 off 51 deliveries. Excellent innings from the KKR opener. But the last three overs have hurt KKR.
Kolkata 133/5 after 16 overs. WICKET - Shardul Thakur comes back and nips off Andre Russell and the West Indian's poor form continues. Dinesh Karthik, finally walks in.
Kolkata 128/4 after 15 overs: Rahul Tripathi is playing a gem of a knock and the timing has been exceptional. Deepak Chahar has been guilty of bowling down the leg and he has been punished heavily. 4-0-47-0
Kolkata 114/4 after 14 overs:WICKET - Huge wicket as Sam Curran removes Eoin Morgan with a bouncer. He kept bowling full and then surprised Morgan with a bouncer, the England captain went for the pull but ended up getting an edge as MS Dhoni does the rest. No sign of Dinesh Karthik as Andre Russell joins Tripathi.
Kolkata 109/3 after 13 overs: Excellent spell from Karn Sharma as finishes with 4-0-25-2 in his very first game for Chennai. Superb effort as he mixed his variations well and didn't allow the batsmen to free their arms.
Kolkata 105/3 after 12 overs: Eoin Morgan is off the mark with an elegant looking boundary as he crunches Shardul Thakur through the covers for a boundary. The sound of the bat said it all.
Kolkata 98/3 after 11 overs: Karn Sharma picks his second wicket, all thanks to Jadeja and du Plessis who formed a tag-team to complete the catch. Jadeja runs in, takes a stunner at deep mid-wicket, puts in the dive and threw the ball to du Plessis while he was sliding close to the rope. Excellent presence of mind and a wonderdul catch. Eoin Morgan joins Rahul Tripathi.
Kolkata 93/2 after 10 overs: Excellent fifty from Rahul Tripathi and he has made most of the opportunity count. Meanwhile, Sunil Narine has smoked Dwayne Bravo for a huge six over deep extra cover and then pockets a boundary to make it a 19-run over.
Kolkata 74/2 after 9 overs: WICKET - Karn Sharma picks a wicket and he gets Nitish Rana who holes it out straight into the hands of Ravindra Jadeja in the deep. There was enough elevation but not distance. A couple of tight overs and Chennai has applied brakes on Kolkata's scoring rate.
Kolkata 70/1 after 8 overs: Good start by Dwayne Bravo as he gives just six from his opening over and Chennai needs a breakthrough.
Kolkata 64/1 after 7 overs: Rahul Tripathi is well-set and a slog six over long-on was the pick of the shot. He is nearing his fifty.
Kolkata 52/1 after 6 overs: End of PowerPlay: Good one from KKR's point of view and although it lost Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi is striking the ball cleanly and is looking in good touch. Nitish Rana can be dangerous too and CSK would ideally want another wicket after the time-out.
Kolkata 41/1 after 5 overs: WICKET - Shardul Thakur gets the first breakthrough as he gets the prized scalp of Shubman Gill. Cross-seam delivery, Gill goes for the pull but gets a little under-edge and MS Dhoni takes an easy catch. Nitish Rana joins Rahul Tripathi.
Kolkata 36/0 after 4 overs: Wonderful batting from Tripathi and he is enjoying himself. Sam Curran errs in length and Tripathi first flicks him for a boundary and ends the over by dispatching an over-pitched delivery over mid-off.
Kolkata 25/0 after 3 overs: Cracking shot from Shubman Gill gets him going and Rahul Tripathi collects consecutive boundaries to give Kolkata a sedate start. Expensive from Deepak Chahar as 15 comes from the over.
Kolkata 10/0 after 2 overs: Shubman Gill gets off the blocks the moment he plays the shot and a direct hit could have put Rahul Tripathi in trouble. Jadeja with a flat throw from backward point almost had Tripathi, who put a timely dive as the ball missed the stumps.
Kolkata 7/0 after 1 over: Rahul Tripathi gets off the mark with a flick to fine-leg and Shubman Gill is also off the mark with a quick single.
Deepak Chahar will be starting the proceedings with the new ball, with Tripathi on strike.
Just a small pep talk from MS Dhoni and off they sprint as Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi come out to bat for Kolkata. Change in KK's opening pair and Tripathi has earned it after his last match blitz with the bat coming lower down the order.
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders wins toss, elects to bat first. Chennai makes one change as Karn Sharma comes in place of Piyush Chawla.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Dinesh Karthik: We'll bat first. In the last two games when we batted first we did a good job. We have gone back and see what we can do. We're playing the same XI.
MS Dhoni: We've been chasing all this while anyway. We've had a few bad games and a few good ones, but we're ready to do anything. As the tournament progresses, you adapt to new questions and that is what happened in the last game. He openers' approach was great to see. We have one change - Karn Sharma instead of Piyush Chawla.
Pitch Report: "It's the same pitch that was used yesterday. It is the fullish length that has gone for runs on this ground. The ball does move around a little bit with the good hard length and that little movement is enough in T20s. There is decent carry, there are a few more cracks but the grass is holding it well together. There shouldn't be much help for the spinners. It looks a very good cricketing pitch. There isn't a lot of dew, so win the toss and bat first," reckon Deep Dasgupta and Ajit Agarkar.
Head to head: CSK: 14; KKR: 8; NR: 1
Match No 21
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: 7.30 pm
Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, R. Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Ali Khan.
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