IPL 2018: Sam Billings Holds Fort as Chennai Super Kings Blow Away Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 Wickets at Chepauk

Sam Billings (BCCI Picture)

New Delhi: 75 required off 36 balls with Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the crease and batting in his den on the MA Chidambaram Stadium. This isn’t an unusual sight for Chennai Tremendous Kings followers as they’ve seen their hero Dhoni play one match-winning knock after the opposite ever for the reason that inception of the Indian Premier League in 2008. However towards Kolkata Knight Riders on the Chepauk on Tuesday, it was Sam Billings who stole the present together with his calculated hitting as Chennai romped house by 5 wickets in a thriller.Displaying nice maturity, Billings transformed those into twos and waited for the precise balls to hit into the stands as he ensured that when he did get out, CSK wanted simply 19 off 9 balls and that was all they required as Ravindra Jadeja completed it off with a six because the Chepauk crowd went right into a frenzy. Needing 17 off the final 6 balls, KKR pacer Vinay Kumar began horribly as he bowled a no-ball and the ball went for a six off Dwayne Bravo’s bat. And that was not all as he then bowled a large with Chennai needing 7 off Four balls as that made it 6 off 4. After that, it was the Jadeja sign-off that had everybody in Chennai on their toes.

For Kolkata although, it was snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as Andre Russell gave a superb show of power-hitting as his unbeaten 88 off simply 36 balls with 11 sixes helped Kolkata notch up a successful 202/6 of their 20 overs. If Dhoni struggled to hit the over-drive button, Russell did it superbly as Kolkata scored 79 runs off the final 5 overs to show a difficult whole right into a match-winning one. Whereas this Chepauk wicket doesn’t appear like the mud bowls over time, chasing down Kolkata’s whole was nonetheless going to be a tricky process.

But, a mini-attack from Dhoni and Sam Billings meant that the hosts wanted 51 from 24 balls with 7 wickets nonetheless within the bag because the gamers went into the strategic break. However Piyush Chawla dismissed Dhoni, caught behind by Dinesh Karthik for 25 off 28 balls at a time when the crew wanted 48 off 22 balls. This gave Kolkata renewed hope, however Billings had different concepts.

However credit score should even be given to the openers as Chennai began rather well with Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu throwing the kitchen sink on the Kolkata bowlers. Watson and Rayudu took Piyush Chawla out for particular therapy. Whereas his first over price KKR 14, his second one price 17. However Kolkata lastly pulled it again with Tom Curran sending again Watson for a 19-ball 42 as CSK ended the powerplay on 75/1 after 6 overs. That didn’t assist as Rayudu (39 off 26) adopted go well with three overs later and Suresh Raina (14 off 12) did not rise to the event as he has over time.

Earlier, it was a optimistic begin as soon as once more for KKR after Dhoni received the toss and determined to place Kolkata in to bat. Sunil Narine began with 18 from the primary over. However Harbhajan Singh bowled superbly to ship again Narine (12). Chris Lynn although appeared to up the ante with Robin Uthappa taking part in superbly on the different finish. He was trying to hit the massive sixes whilst Lynn rotated the strike.

However Dhoni’s transfer to get Ravindra Jadeja paid dividend as he acquired the Aussie towards the run of play for 22. Nitish Rana did not put up the present he did towards RCB and was dismissed for simply 16 as a clumsy whip off his hips was caught by Dhoni behind the wicket off Watson. Issues went from dangerous to worse for KKR as Uthappa (29 off 16) was run out towards the run of play as Raina hit the stumps direct on the non-strikers’ finish.

However that was the tip of the celebration for Chennai as Russell got here in to affix Karthik. What occurred after that was fine quality power-hitting from the West Indian as the group at Chepauk needed to acknowledge a superb innings. Watson did return to ship again Karthik (26) within the 18th over, however that was simply not sufficient for the Chennai outfit as Russell hit 21 off the 19th as particular therapy was meted out to demise over specialist Dwayne Bravo by Russell. The primary three balls of the over had been all deposited into the group.

First Revealed: April 11, 2018, 12:02 AM IST


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