CSK win six-hitting fest

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Cummins, Russell’s fightback after top-order collapse couldn’t help KKR as Faf (95), Deepak (4/29) take Chennai to top of the table with 18 run win

Faf du Plessis’ magnificent 95 not out and Deepak Chahar’s impressive four-wicket haul outshone dazzling half centuries from Andre Russell and Pat Cummins as Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs in their IPL match at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.

Put in to bat, CSK posted a big total of 220 for 3, riding on du Plessis’ 60-ball unbeaten 95 and Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 64.

Chasing a stiff target, KKR found themselves in deep trouble as they slumped to 31 for 5 inside five overs after a top-order collapse with Chahar wrecking havoc with figures of 4 for 29 from his four overs.

Russell (54 off 22 balls) and Cummins (66 not out off 34 balls) raised hopes of an improbable win for KKR but in the end they were all out for 202 in 19.1 overs.

Needing 190 runs from 15 overs, Russell first revived KKR’s chase with a blistering 54 (3×4, 6×6) before being cleaned up by Sam Curran.

But it was not over for KKR as yet. Batting at No 8, KKR pace spearhead Cummins displayed some sensational powerhitting in his 34-ball 66 not out (4×4, 6×6) but they simply did not have enough batting left to keep the show going.

Cummins smashed Curran for 30 runs with four sixes and one boundary in the 16th over to keep the run-chase alive, even as they kept losing wickets.

It was down to 20 runs with one wicket in hand in the last over. But Prasidh Krishna was run out in the first over of the final over.

The win took CSK to the top of the table with six points from four matches, while KKR slipped to sixth.

Chahar, who had wrecked havoc against Punjab Kings the other day, was at his ominous best once again as he swung the match in CSK’s favour to leave KKR tottering at 31 for 5 inside the powerplay.

Chahar, who grabbed 4/13 against Punjab Kings, made the ball talk with his swing and variation and snapped the talented Shubman Gill for a golden duck and then had the in-form Nitish Rana (9) in the second over.

But Chahar’s biggest wicket came in the next over in the form of skipper Eoin Morgan (7) when the left-hander nicked an outswinger with M S Dhoni completing a safe catch to become the first wicketkeeper to complete 150 dismissals in IPL.

Earlier, looking for a change of fortunes in their first match at the Wankhede, KKR opted to bowl on flat track but du Plessis blazed his way to a masterclass 95 not out after his opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad’s impressive 64 as CSK posted 220 for 3.