IPL 2018: Shubman, Karthik power KKR to 6-wicket victory against CSK

In the 33rd match of Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Supers Kings by 6 wickets, thanks to Shubman Gill’s half-century

In the 33rd match of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, Kolkata tasted victory at home as youngster Shubhman Gill shined with the bat and scored his maiden half century. With the win, KKR move to third position in the VIVO IPL 2018 points table. Gill contributed with a significant knock that sealed the victory for the host side. The bowlers did not get much help from the pitch but still, wickets fell at regular intervals for both sides. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the toss and asked Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to bat first at the Eden Gardens.

Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis opened for CSK and the batsmen did not face much resistance from the bowlers. Soon, there came a turn as Faf Du Plessis was trapped under experienced leg-spinner Piyush Chawla’s googly. It was a smooth sailing for Chennai during the major portion of their batting. Chennai crossed the 100-run mark in the 12th over and Kuldeep yadav got the better of Raina in the same over. Sunil Narine struck a blow to Chennai by removing in-form Ambati Rayudu at a cheaper score this time. Dhoni swung into action and kept sending the ball into the crowd, during the process he got a lifeline too as he was dropped in the 18th over. Chennai put up a target of 178 runs.

Chasing a target of 178 runs, Kolkata Knight Riders openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn came to bat and Lungi Ngidi got an early breakthrough as Lynn walked back towards pavilion in the first over. Robin Uthappa replaced Lynn, Narine got two consecutive lifelines, courtesy below-par efforts from Ravindra Jadeja who dropped him twice in the second over. After Narine, Shubhman Gill and Rinku Singh kept the fight alive for a brief. Gill continued scoring runs for the team and made his fifty, Karthik gave him company and contributed 45 runs.

Kolkata Knight Riders innings update: Over by over

Kolkata Knight Riders playing XI for today’s match: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav. Change: Nitish Rana out, Rinku Singh in.

Over 1: Lungi Ngidi to Chris Lynn, started off with a bouncer, dot ball. Another dot ball followed by 2 consecutive sixes. Dot ball. Loud appeal umpire declines and Dhoni took a DRS and yes its OUT as Ngidi gave CSK first breakthrough. KKR: 12/1

Over 2: KM Asif to Sunil Narine, started off with bouncer, no run. Top edge for no run. Dot ball followed by a six over Long-on of another short ball. Ball in air and Jadeja dropped it, unbelievable and 2nd drop by Jadeja of two consecutive balls. KKR: 18-1

Over 3: Ngidi continues, Glanced for four by Uthappa. CSK: 32-1

Over 4: Watson comes to bowl, single. Another single. Dot ball. Uthappa pulls but for no run. Played towards third man for one. Narine swings and gets the top edge, goes for four. KKR: 39-1

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