Kolkata Knight Riders made their moves, and how their moves worked. They derailed what appeared to be a smooth Chennai Super Kings chase and stopped them 10 runs short despite having earlier suffered a collapse of 6/39 in their last five overs.

It all seemed to be slipping away from Danish khartik ’s grasp. He had gone for six overs of pace in the Powerplay for a cost of 1/54 instead of the mystery of Sunil Narine or Varun Chakravarty. Narine had dismissed Shane Watson eight times in 88 deliveries previously, but there was no sign of him as the CSK opener slammed another fifty.
It was looking like one of those chases where the top order had settled in for the night, and would ease their way home; they were 90/1 at the halfway mark, needing 78 more. They were so confident they decided to play out Pat Cummins last over for just four runs.

Now comes in Narine. In the 12th over. Someone has to be taken on now, and it cannot be Narine. Ambati Rayudu goes after Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and perishes. Meanwhile, Narine needs two balls at Watson to dismiss him for a ninth time.
You can’t go after Narine, you can’t go after Varun either. Dhoni tries an uncharacteristic slog, and is bowled for 11off 12 by the latter. Sam Curran, yes, him again, keeps CSK alive with a couple of boundaries off Narine. But he falls to Andre Russell, the designated KKR death bowler when he is not the world’s most feared power-hitter.

Kedar Jadhav shockingly takes six deliveries to get off the mark, and suddenly, just like that, the life has been choked out of this chase. Ravindra Jadeja ends the match with three successive, futile boundaries, long after the contest is well and truly decided. Special mention, of course, to the promoted opener Rahul Tripathi for setting all this up with 81of KKR’s 167.

BRIEF SCORES: KKR167 (R Tripathi 81; D Bravo 3/37, K Sharma 2/25, S Curran 2/26, S Thakur 2/28) beat CSK157/5 (S Watson 50; A Russell 1/18, K Nagarkoti 1/21, Varun C 1/28, S Narine 1/31) by 10 runs.

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