The Chennai Super Kings seemed to have peaked but it’s just too late as they beat Kolkata Knight Riders in a last-over thriller. With the help of Ruturaj Gaikwad‘s second consecutive IPL fifty, Chennai Super Kings managed to get passed the finishing line as with this win Mumbai Indians have now confirmed their place in the playoffs as Kolkata Knight Riders will now rely on other results to go their way if they have any hopes of qualifying to the playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders Sink At The Death
It all started at the toss as Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bowl first at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Batting first Kolkata Knight Riders had a fine start as Nitish Rana went on to score a knock of 87 runs off 61 deliveries after getting out on a first-ball duck in the last game.
Even though Rana provided that firepower there wasn’t much fire down the order as some batting changes made by Kolkata Knight Riders. The Eoin Morgan led side ended up on 172 at the end of 20 overs as they prepared to bowl fine lines to pose an opportunity to play in the playoffs.
Chennai Super Kings in the chase started briskly as Shane Watson was dismissed very early on for 14 runs as he was dismissed by Varun Chakravarthy. Ambati Rayudu and Rurutaj Gaikwad held on and tried to sustain the chase as they were involved in a 68 run partnership between.
The run rate went high up in the middle over as MS Dhoni walked out to bat following Ambati Rayudu’s dismissal. Though MS Dhoni couldn’t do much it was Ravindra Jadeja who finished the match off for Chennai Super Kings in the final over.
COVID has made me tough: Ruturaj Gaikwad
The man of the match of today’s match between CSK and KKR was Ruturaj Gaikwad for his second consecutive fifty of the season. At the post-match presentation, Ruturaj Gaikwad said that COVID made him tough as a player since he learnt how to face any situation with a smile
“It is feeling good. Pretty confident as well. I have backed myself. Both the innings when I got out early, I knew the situation was a little tough. Covid has made me tough. As our captain says, face every situation with a smile. I stayed positive and didn’t think much about the future,” Ruturaj Gaikwad said.