Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings showed a great lesson on how to win and lose. Chasing 168 for victory, Chennai were 100 for two. But then half-century Shane Watson was dropped and Chennai’s other batsmen lost. So it was Chennai’s turn to lose the match. Rahul Tripathi’s 81 helped Kolkata Knight Riders to a 168-run target. But the Chennai team could not successfully pursue this challenge.
Chasing KKR’s 168, Chennai stumbled at the start. Chennai’s Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu did not make much of an impact this time around. But Shane Watson did his best to score a half-century in this match as well. Watson hit 50 off 40 balls with six fours and a six. Watts was immediately dismissed for a half-century. After Watson, Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and all-rounder Sam Karan were also dropped. So the Chennai team was in trouble.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Rahul Tripathi was seen opening the day with a stormy performance. It was Rahul’s flamboyant performance that enabled Kolkata to take on Chennai Super Kings. Though Rahul scored a century in this match, his batting was spectacular. Rahul hit eight fours and three sixes in his 51-ball 81. That is why KKR was able to challenge Chennai for 168 runs this time.
Kolkata’s innings did not start well this time. Because they had to lose openers Shubhaman Gill and Nitish Rana early. Gill scored 11 runs this time, while Rana managed 9 runs. But even though both the Kolkata batsmen failed, Rahul Tripathi made up for the loss. Because for the first time in this match, Rahul Tripathi was sent to opener. Rahul also got the chance to score a half century.
Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell, both veteran batsmen from Kolkata, failed this time. Because Morgan could only score seven runs this time, Russell had to settle for just two runs.