In the Indian Premier League (IPL) being played in the UAE on Thursday, Chennai Super Kings made it difficult for them to make it to the playoffs by defeating two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets. In this match, Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss against Kolkata and decided to bowl first. Kolkata, thanks to a blazing knock of 87 by Nitish Rana, gave the Chennai Super Kings a target of 173 runs to win. In response, Chennai achieved it by losing opener Ruturaj Gaikwad’s superb fifty and then losing four wickets in the last over thanks to Ravindra Jadeja’s fiery batting. This is Chennai’s fifth win in the tournament.
The Chennai team underwent three changes for the match, with Dhoni replacing Shane Watson, Karn Sharma and Lumbi Engidi in place of Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Maynu Kumar. At the same time, Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan fed Rinku Singh in place of Krishna, famous for this match.
Chennai Super Kings Playing XI: Rituraj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadishan, MS Dhoni (Captain), Sam Karan, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Lungi Angidi.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ playing XI Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narayan, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Varun Chakraborty, Rinku Singh.