CSK vs KKR 15th IPL Match 2021: Deepak Chahar’s havoc after half-centuries by Faf du Plessis and Rituraj Gaikwad, Chennai beat Kolkata by 18 runs

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Fate Duplesey and Rituraj Gaikwad after half-century innings with Deepak Chahar (4 for 29) in a thrilling T20 match at the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mumbai (Mumbai) on Wednesday. Riders (KKR) by 18 runs to register a third consecutive victory. Confident of victory in the last two matches, the Chennai Super Kings scored a mammoth score of 220 for three from Duplesey’s unbeaten 95 runs and Gaikwad’s 64 runs. Kolkata Knight Riders Pat Cummins smashed 66 not out (34 balls, four fours, six sixes), Andre Russell’s 54 runs (22 balls, three fours and six sixes) and Dinesh Karthik (40 runs, 24 balls, four fours, two Sixes), despite the restrained innings, could not recover from a poor start and was reduced to 202 runs in 19.1 overs. He faced his third consecutive defeat in this thrilling match. But despite such a poor start, his players did not let him get overwhelmed and they kept trying till the end. Also read- RCB vs RR 16th IPL Match 2021: Rajasthan will face a tough challenge at Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium tomorrow.

Apart from Chahar’s four wickets, Lungi Ngidi took three wickets for 28 runs. The bowling of Shardul Thakur was very bad, who plundered 48 runs in 3.1 overs with five balls wide. Sam Karan, who took the only wicket as Russell, was also very expensive, scoring 58 runs in four overs. After being invited to bat, South African cricketer Duplesey started the innings and stayed till the end. This opener played 60 balls which included nine fours and four sixes. He and Ruturaj Gaikwad shared a 115-run stand for the first wicket, making it a great start to the season for the team who scored 54 runs without losing a wicket in the powerplay. Also, the team added 76 runs in the last five overs.

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Gaikwad, who had scored just 20 runs in the last three matches, finally returned to form, scoring 64 runs in 42 balls, hitting six fours and four sixes before being dismissed in the 13th over. Chahar gave four consecutive shocks to the team of Kolkata Knight Riders who came to chase this goal, which the team was not expected to recover. The five batsmen of the team had reached the crease till the powerplay. Chahar dismissed the young opener of the team in the first over, Shubman Gill, who could not even open the account. After this, second opener Nitish Rana (09) became his second victim after playing 12 balls.

Chahar’s bowling in the team’s first match was not good, after which a fan on social media advised the Chennai Super Kings to drop him out of the playing XI. Due to this, Ahat Chahar made a great comeback against Punjab Kings and took four wickets for 13 runs. Chahar, in his third over, took the wickets of captain Eoin Morgan (07) and Sunil Narine (04) to shock the hopes of Kolkata Knight Riders. He took four wickets for 16 runs in three overs. The fifth wicket in the powerplay over fell in the form of Rahul Tripathi, who was caught by Ngidi at the hands of wicketkeeper captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Russell and Karthik handled the innings, playing sparingly. Russell started the challenge for the Kolkata Knight Riders, who collected a total of 24 runs in the first over of Shardul Thakur and the 10th over of the innings with three sixes and a four in which two balls were wide. At this time, the score of Kolkata Knight Riders was 97 for five wickets, which was good given the poor start. Russell completed his half-century in the 11th over with 21 balls with three fours and six sixes.

The team’s eyes were fixed on their quick innings, but it could not happen. Sam Karan bowled Russell in the next over to give Chennai Super Kings a big success. In this way, the partnership of 81 runs in 39 balls for the sixth wicket came to an end. Karthik, however, tried to maintain the run pace and hit a six and a four on the last balls of the same over.

But Engidi did not allow Karthik’s innings to go ahead and lbw him out lbw. Cummins became aggressive as he returned to his pavilion, adding 30 runs off the four sixes and a four to the tune of Sam Karan’s balls in the 16th over. Cummins remained at the crease till the end, but the team collapsed five balls before the wicket fell at the other end.

Earlier, Gaikwad was aggressive in the first wicket partnership for Chennai Super Kings. Duplesey gained momentum after his dismissal, adding 50 runs off just 26 balls, along with all-rounder Moeen Ali, who had performed brilliantly in previous matches for the Chennai Super Kings. Ali scored 25 runs off 12 balls with two fours and as many sixes.

Chennai Super Kings scored a lot of runs in the end with Duplecy playing a key role. He hit three consecutive fours off the balls of Andre Russell and reached the score of 90 with a six over Pat Cummins. On the last ball, Ravindra Jadeja hit a six over Cummins. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni came out to bat in the fourth position, contributing 17 runs off eight balls with two fours and a six. Dhoni had not yet imposed a boundary against Sunil Narayan, but he broke the myth and gave a boundary to him.

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