The quartet of Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, and Shardul Thakur might not inspire much confidence on face value, but they have so far done a tremendous job by pulling things back after mediocre performances in middle overs.
Chennai Super Kings: Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (Captain & WK), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy.
However, they were unable to maintain that momentum when faced with some clever KKR bowling and ended up falling 10 runs short.
Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu soon helped Chennai move past that as they put on 69 for the second wicket. But against the run of play, Rayudu was caught in the deep, and in the next over, Watson was trapped in front by the wily Narine for 50. Dhoni's captaincy has been under some cricitism too.
Where will the KKR vs CSK IPL match be played? We should have been careful in the first 5-6 overs. For Dhoni's team, scoring runs had become a treacherous proposition on the slow, worn-out Abu Dhabi pitch. But at the venue where they have been camping, KKR are hoping for a turnaround in the match against CSK. Cross-seamers are the danger balls on this surface and once it hits the seam, it kicks. CSK's bowling attack lacked genuine pace.
Narine trapped Watson in front of the stumps in the very next over to revive KKR 's chances in the game with Dhoni and Sam Curran on the crease.
At 93 for two at the midway stage, KKR looked set for a big score but Bravo struck after that. The defeat will once again raise many eyebrows as Chennai failed to go over the line despite having five wickets in hands. But Narine's dwindling returns at the top meant Tripathi moved to the opening slot that he had won over his other competition in the side - Naik. "When I get the opportunity, I back myself to do well". After a topsy-turvy stint with Rajasthan Royals in the next two seasons, he found himself at the KKR camp.
Meanwhile, one can watch the match live on Star India network, while live streaming is also available on Hotstar app. The track in Abu Dhabi aids batsmen trying to take advantage of the new ball but it becomes increasingly hard as the innings progresses.
His 51-ball 81 gave KKR more than a fair chance.
In the chase, CSK were off the blocks quickly as du Plessis and Shane Watson took off from where they had left against Kings XI Punjab, reaching 30/0 from 3.3 overs.
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