IPL 2021: Records galore as Chennai Super Kings survives miracle chase from Kolkata Knight Riders
This was Chennai Super Kings third win of the 2021 Indian Premier League season, as along with a loss, it has risen to the top of the points table. Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders suffered its third loss, while with a win, it has climbed to the sixth spot.
In what turned out to be nearly a miracle chase, former champions Chennai Super Kings managed to survive a scare from Kolkata Knight Riders, beating the latter by 18 runs in Match 15 of the 2021 Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. While for CSK, it was Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Chahar, KKR had its job nearly done by Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins. Meanwhile, there were quite some records scripted in the process.
Chahar keeps nailing it in the powerplay
Chahar did it again during the powerplay, dismissing four of KKR's batsmen in the PP. Consequently, since IPL 2015, he has now claimed the most wickets during this phase (40), bettering Sandeep Sharma (36).
Russell produces a second-best
Russell slammed his eighth IPL half-century tonight that came off just 21 deliveries. Meanwhile, it was his joint second-fastest 50 of the tournament, with the other being against Royal Challengers Bangalore (2019), while his best happens to be 19 against Punjab Kings (2015).
Cummins joins a remarkable list
Cummins slammed four sixes in an over off pacer Sam Curran. As a result, it was his second instance of doing the same and he has become the joint second to do so on more than an occasion, along with Hardik Pandya, while Chris Gayle holds the record of having done so seven times. Moreover, he has become the eighth man in the IPL to slam 30 or more in an over.
Karhtik, Russell and Cummins script a unique one
The pair of the three batsmen contributed to 160 runs. Incidentally, it was the best-combined performance by the number six, seven and eight batsmen in an IPL innings to date.
Winning the toss, KKR opted to bowl first, as CSK batted exquisitely, with Gaikwad and du Plessis nailing it, as the side posted a challenging total of 220/3. Although KKr was off to a horrific start, Karthik, Russell and Cummins nearly managed to pull it off, falling just short by 18 runs, as CSK survived a heart attack.
Brief scores: CSK 220/3 (Gaikwad- 64, du Plessis- 95; Russell- 1/27) defeats KKR 202 in 19.1 overs (Karthik- 40, Russell- 54, Cummins- 66*; Chahar- 4/29, Ngidi- 3/28) by 18 runs.