CSK went from sky to dust within three days as they faced an unexpected 10 runs defeat from a winning position against KKR on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi. CSK who were on top after defeating KXIP with stupendous 10 wickets went to bottom after being defeated with a narrow margin of 10 runs by KKR.
Chasing KKR’s 167 runs, CSK found themselves 90/1 at the end of 10 overs needing a 77 runs off 60 balls. However wickets of Ambati Rayudu & Shane Watson in consecutive overs turned the entire match in favor of KKR. The dismissal of Watson & Rayudu resulted in the fall of the entire middle order batting limiting CSK to just 157/5. MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav & Sam Curran failed to deliver with bat resulting in fall of CSK by just 10 runs.
Dhoni was very slow to deliver runs & was bowled by Varun Chakravarthy for 11 runs off 2 balls while Jadhav didn’t run hard for the second run as he even failed to go for big shots. Sam Curran was going well by scoring 17 runs off 11 balls but his stay was cut short before it could damage KKR’s form with a fantastic delivery by Andre Russell.
FAF Du Plessis went off field early in the fourth over but Watson & Rayudu added 69 runs for the second wicket to put CSK back on track. However the loss of their wickets in the 13th & 14th overs resulted in the collapse of their side which the team haven’ thought before. Dhoni promoted himself on number 4th position as the team was in comfortable position despite the loss of Rayudu but could not stay on field till the end to take CSK home.
After Dhoni Curran gone back to the pavilion & resulted in drastic collapse of CSK in the death overs where they fetched just 10 runs of the second last over in an innings where 36 runs were needed off 12 balls.
For KKR, Dinesh Karthik won the toss & opted to bat & Rahul Tripathi made full use of his promotion to the top order with an innings of 81 runs off 51 balls & had support from Narine scoring 17 off 9 balls who batted at number fourth spot, Pat Cummins scoring 17 runs off 9 balls. Eoin Morgan & Russell had an off day by scoring just 7 & 2 runs respectively. Even Shubman Gill & Karthik too went off field cheaply as it looked at one stage that KKR had finished well under par. And it was estimated that an average target set by KKR would be easily achieved by the CSK squad who have performed exceptionally in their previous match against KXIP.