New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: A fiery knock of 72 off 52 balls by Ruturaj Gaikwad guided Chennai Super Kings to a six-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in game 49 of the Indian Premier League 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Chasing a total of 173, Chennai got off to a steady start, with openers Shane Watson and Ruturaj Gaikwad bringing up 50-run stand in the eighth over of the match. 

Gaikwad marched on after Watson's dismissal in the eight over and built a brief partnership with Ambati Rayudu, while keeping the asking rate hovering around 10. Match briefly slipped out of Chennai's hold after Gaikwad's dismissal in the 18th over, but a brisk 31 off 11 balls by Ravindra Jadeja sailed the team through on the final ball.

“I was hitting the ball well in the nets and kept thinking about that and managed to do that in the match. Curran and I were talking about going after the bowlers, and in the last 12 balls, you don’t think much. Just see the ball and hit the ball,” Jadeja said after the match.

Invited to bat first, Kolkata got off to a good start, with openers Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana bringing up first 50-run stand of the Indian Premier League 2020 for the team. Rana brought up his half-century in the 14th over even as wickets tumbled at the other end. Dinesh Karthik scored quick 21 in the death overs after Rana's dismissal and the team put up 172 on the scoreboard -- a total that proved to be below par in a pitch that provided little assistance to bowlers in the second innings. 

“I think we played really well there, just on the wrong side of the toss,” KKR skipper Eoin Morgan said after the defeat. “The dew from about the 8th over was really challenging. We improved on our batting (as compared to the previous games). Our bowlers absolutely gave it their everything. We have one game left, and still have a very little chance.”

Kolkata will have to win its remaining fixture and then rely on the results of other franchises to qualify for the playoffs. Despite the defeat, Chennai sit at the bottom of the points table and are officially knocked out of the playoffs race. 

 

Posted By: Lakshay Raja