Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Chennai Super Kings to attain the third position in the points table of IPL 2018 and Sun Risers Hyderabad crawled to the top position. They surpassed Kings Eleven Punjab to attain the third position. The knocks of Sunil Narine and Shubhman Gill made Kolkata Knight Riders to chase a decent target and win this game. Chennai Super Kings lost this game due to inconsistency in all the departments proving Dhoni’s unbeaten 43 futile.
Though the KKR lost Chris Lynn soon, Sunil Narine succeeded to slam KM Asif and Lungi Ngidi by consequent boundaries and sixes. He was dropped twice by the CSK’s best fielder, Ravindra Jadeja to continue his saga of boundaries and sixes. Earlier, Chris Lynn managed to thrash Ngidi by two consequent sixes but fell prey to his next delivery. Sunil Narine managed to squeeze the best of the Powerplays by slamming 32 runs off 20 balls.
The flood of runs continued after the entry of Shubhman Gill at No.4. He managed to score 57 runs off 36 balls and the Skipper Dinesh Kartik supported him by scoring unbeaten 45 runs out of 18 balls and with 14 balls remaining at the end, the KKR managed to reach their winning target.
Captain of CSK, Dhoni said that they had to face defeat due to inconsistent performance. In fact, the fielding of CSK was below the expectations. The spinner Harbhajan was the only economic bowler who picked one wicket but he did not bowl his quota of four overs.
The Chennai Super Kings made a good start earlier in their innings. Though Raina, Shane Watson, and Faf Du Plessis made decent scores, fall of wickets at regular intervals caused the dangling position in the batting line-up. Dhoni managed to rebuild the innings and scored 43* and led the scoreboard to 170 runs.
Chennai Super Kings 177/5 in 20 overs, Shane Watson 36, Faf Du Plessis 27, Suresh Raina 31, Dhoni 43*, Sunil Narine 2/31, Piyush Chawla 2/35, Kuldeep Yadav 1/34
Kolkata Knight Riders 180/4 in 17.4 overs, Sunil Narine 32, Shubhman Gill 57*, Dinesh Karthik 45*, Harbhajan Singh 1/20, Ravindra Jadeja 1/39
Kolkata Knight Riders won the match by 6 wickets.
Sunil Narine was named the man of the match.
Kolkata Knight Riders managed to bounce back by this victory. The captain of Chennai Super Kings described this defeat as the result of lack of awareness.