Follow live cricket scores and updates of Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders. Both teams are unbeaten in the UAE leg of IPL 2021.
What a game of T20 cricket! Absolute thriller. That's the beauty of the game. With 12 needed off the last 12 balls, Ravindra Jadeja hit two sixes and a four in three consecutive balls against Prasidh Krishna in the penultimate over to bring down the equation for CSK to four runs in the final six balls. Everyone thought the match was over for KKR but that's not all. Trusted by skipper Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, give a single off the first ball of the final over before running Sam Curran out in the next. Shardul Thakur ran three of the fourth ball before Narine caught Jadeja plumb in front. Deepak Chahar scored the winning run off the final delivery. With this win CSK go atop the table with 16 points from 10 games -- same as Delhi Capitals who are on second. CSK enjoy a better run-rate (1.069) than DC's 0.711. Earlier, chasing 172, openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (40) and Faf du Plessis (43) gave CSK a blistering start reaching 63/0 in seven overs. However, KKR pulled things back with a flurry of wickets but CSK had other plans. For KKR, Narine got three wickets while Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson, all got a wicket apiece.
That's it. Chahar slogs to the on-side for a single and CSK win. Goes to the top of the table with Delhi Capitals.
Narine gets Jadeja, plumb in front. CSK 171/8 with one run needing of the last ball. Super Over ?
Last over drama. Narine dismisses Curran, caught by sub Nagarkoti. CSK need four runs off five balls.
The match is still on. Jadeja hits two back-to-back sixes of Krishna. CSK need 12 from 8.
The CSK v KKR match is going down the barrel. Can Jadeja (1*), Curran (3*) do it for CSK? CSK need 26 runs off the last two overs.
Dhoni's poor run against Chakaravarthy continues, bowled for just 1. CSK 142/6 after17.3 overs.
Gone! Raina goes back, run out. Completes the first comfortably, tries for the second and the combo of Tripathi and Chakaravarthy does the trick. CSK 142/5 after 17.1 overs.
Mooen departs for 32, caught by Iyer, bowled by Ferguson. MSD in the middle. CSK 138/4 after 16.4 overs.
After his skills with the bat, Venkatesh Iyer delivers with the ball. Gives out only five runs in his first over in the IPL. Pretty vital for KKR. CSK need 40 runs off 24 balls.
Gone! Rayudu departs for 10. KKR have surely pulled things back conceding just 18 runs in last 3.2 overs. Moeen (24*). CSK 119/3 after 14.2 overs.
Out! Krishna joins the party, dismisses Du Plessis for 34, caught by Ferguson. CSK 102/2 after 11.3 overs.
Russell gets the much-needed breakthrough for KKR, sends back Gaikwad for 40. Du Plessis (37*). CSK 78/1 after 9 overs.
Sam Curran's weakness against KKR -- The Englishman has conceded 114 runs in 8 overs against KKR in IPL 2021. His figures are 4-0-58-1 (Mumbai) and 4-0-56-0 (Abu Dhabi)
More than 500 runs in partnership between Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad in IPL 2021. Super Stuff.
No sort of pressure from the CSK. Doing just what the doctor has ordered. 31 not out each for Gaikwad and Du Plessis. CSK 63/0 after 7 overs.
Cautious start from both the CSK openers. Gaikwad (9*), Du Plessis (18*). CSK 28/0 after 4 overs.
The action resumes with Gaikwad (5*) and Du Plessis (0*) starting slowly. CSK 5/0 after 1 over.
Late pyrotechnics from Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana helped a struggling KKR to post a commendable 171/6 in 20 overs against CSK today in Abu Dhabi. With KKR reeling at 127/5 after 17 overs and when it looked like getting to 150 will be tough, the Karthik-Rana duo clobbered 44 runs in the final three overs to see the score past the 170-run mark. Earlier, Shubhman Gill fell in the first over, before last two matches' star Venkatesh Iyer also went back home cheaply. Rahul Tripathi once again played his shots for a fruitful 45. For Chennai, Josh Hazlewood (2/40), Shardul Thakur (2/20) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/21) picked up wickets.
Karthik's late 11-ball 26 coupled with Rana's (37*) take KKR to 171/6 in 20 overs. Hussey will be a happy man.
OUT! Russell has his timbers unsettled for 20, thanks to Thakur. Karthik joins Rana (20*) in the middle. KKR 125/5 after 16.4 overs.
In a sideline interview, KKR mentor David Hussey mentioned they are aiming at around 170. KKR definitely meed some lusty blows from With Russell (4*) and Rana (16*) in the last six overs. KKR 104/4 after 14 overs.
OUT! Sir Jadeja does the trick for CSK, clean bowled Tripathi for 45. Rana (9*) and Russell (2*) are in the middle. KKR 93/4 after 13 overs.
Du Plessis magic on the ropes. The South African holds on to the ball at the long-on boundary, lobs it up, goes in, comes out and completes the catch in the second attempt. Morgan goes for 8. KKR 78/3 after 10 overs.
CSK are able to pull things back. After 50/1 in five overs, MS Dhoni's men have give only 20 runs in the last four overs. KKR 70/2 after 9 overs.
Tripathi is in full mood. The right-hander has just started from where he left in the previous game. Tripathi (31*), Morgan (4*). KKR 64/2 after 8 overs.
Out! Iyer's brilliant run in IPL 2021 has been halted by Thakur, caught by Dhoni for 18. Tripathi (21*). KKR 50/2 after 5.1 overs.
KKR Skipper Eoin Morgan completes 50 IPL matches in Purple and Gold today. Way to go Morgsi!
Tripathi is taking the CSK bowlers to cleaners, especially Surran. After Gill's departure, the right-hander has played some aggressive shots to boost the KKR camp. Tripathi (21*), Iyer (9*). KKR 40/1 after 4 overs.
Gill (9) smashes Chahar for a couple of the boundaries before falling short of the crease. Rayudu with the magic fingers. Iyer (1*). KKR 10/1 after 1 overs.
The strip is the same as the one used for DC vs RR game yesterday. The pitch looks dry and has been rolled. Batsmen will find it tough to negate the slow bouncers, says Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.
MS Dhoni (CSK): The IPL is all about managing combinations. Dwayne Bravo has got few niggles and we don't want them to aggravate further. Sam Curran replaces him.
Eoin Morgan (KKR): Since it's a day game, it will be a challenge in this heat. The pitch might get slower as the game progresses. No changes in our side.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and will bat first.
Hello and welcome to everyone to a lazy Sunday afternoon. Two of the favourite teams in the IPL -- KKR and CSK are facing each other in a mouth-watering clash in Abu Dhabi. A win for CSK will push them to the top along with Delhi Capitals on 16 points, while if KKR win they will leapfrog RCB to third.
Sunday's first IPL 2021 match between Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi promises to be a thrilling affair. Both teams are coming off wins. CSK beat Royal Challengers Bangalore while KKR got the better of Mumbai Indians in the previous games. Kolkata Knight Riders will be desperate for full points. A win will bolster their chances to make the IPL 2021 playoffs. Eoin Morgan's KKR came to UAE sitting last on the IPL table. They are now fourth with eight points from nine matches. Chennai Super Kings are second in the standings and a win today will help them catch-up with leaders Delhi Capitals (16 points after 10 games). KKR have been galvanised by the introduction of opener Venkatesh Iyer. He has given KKR the spark that was missing in the Indian leg of the tournament. Iyer's 94 runs in two matches have come at a superb strike-rate of 164.91. Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi are also looking good but the middle order, where Morgan is completely out of form, needs to buck up. Varun Chakravarthy has led the KKR attack well and all in all, the former champions are looking very good. CSK players, as skipper MS Dhoni said, are looking more responsible. The top order has been contributing and with bowlers doing well to defend scores, Chennai have profited from a team effort. Follow IPL 2021 live cricket scores of CSK vs KKR here.
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Chennai Super Kings: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Moeen Ali, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Dwayne Bravo, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Deepak Chahar, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Varun Chakravarthy.
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