In another nail-biting face-off between Chennai and Kolkata, KKR emerged victorious on the back of two scintillating innings played by Shubham Gill and Dinesh Karthik.
Batting first, Chennai put on a score of 177 in their quota of 20-overs. All the batsmen contributed equally. But it was Dhoni’s 25 ball 43 that stood out. Dhoni has been in great form this IPL. He has shown some terrific class and proved to the world that he still has a lot of cricket left in him. Chennai looked good to set another big score of 200 odd runs today. But Narine made sure, Chennai don’t go that far. His terrific spell of 4-overs for just 20 runs and 1 wicket was a stand-out bowling performance for KKR.
Chasing the target of 178, KKR had a shaky start. They lost Lynn, Uthappa and Narine for a scoe of 64. The young Shubham Gill then came to the crease. While fielding, he had dropped Dhoni’s catch and it was quite obvious that the young man might still be having that at the back of his mind. But when he started batting, he seemed so free. He batted brilliantly well. With the KKR captain, Dinesh Karthik, he built up match winning partnership of 83 runs. Gill scored 57 runs off 36 balls, hitting 6 beautiful boundaries and 2 huge sixes.
Karthik’s innings was very important. He scored a quick 18-ball 45 and made sure Kolkata reached the target well in time. Chennai’s bowling was at its worst today. With Gill and Karthik hitting the bowl well. CSK bowlers kept bowling on their legs, making it easy for the batsmen to hit boundaries.
It is the second time in so many years that I have seen Dhoni taking wrong decision. Sending Jadeja above Bravo while batting. And then choosing Jadeja to complete his spell of 4-overs over the likes of Harbhajan and Bravo was probably another wrong decision.
CSK will surely qualify to the later stages of the tournament, but they will have to look after what they are doing, whom they are bowling and whixh player needs to sit out for them to go on to win the tournament.