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IPL 2021, KKR vs CSK Highlights: Cummins-Russell fifties go in vain as CSK win by 18 runs

IPL 2021, KKR vs CSK Highlights: Pat Cummins remained unbeaten for a career-best 34-ball 66 in the run chase of 221

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: April 21, 2021 11:49:42 pm
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IPL 2021, KKR vs CSK Highlights: Faf du Plessis smashed an unbeaten 60-ball 95 as Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs in a high-scoring IPL game. Sent into bat, du Plessis (95 not out) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (64) knocked the daylight out of KKR bowlers, adding 115 for the opening wicket to lay the foundation. After Gaikwad was back in the hut, du Plessis continued his rampage, while Mooen Ali (25) and MS Dhoni (17) also came up with useful cameos as CSK posted a big total of 220 for three.

Defending the total, pacer Deepak Chahar (4/29) produced a sensational spell, claiming four wickets, while Lungi Ngidi (3/28) captured one to leave KKR tottering at 31 for 5 in 5.2 overs. Andre Russell, however, hit six maximums in a breathtaking 54 off 22 balls and shared 81 runs off 39 balls with Dinesh Karthik (40) to bring KKR back in the hunt. Once Russell was gone, Pat Cummins (66 not out) kept KKR in the chase but he ran out of partners in the end as they eventually fell short by 18 runs.

Match EndedIndian Premier League, 2021 - Match 15

Kolkata Knight Riders

202 (19.1)

Chennai Super Kings

220/3 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 15 )
Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs

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IPL 2021, KKR vs CSK Highlights:

23:34 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Deepak Chahar on his four-wicket haul

I don't know (what I am doing right). I am just trying to bowl straight balls and it is swinging. It was a good wicket to bowl on, the ball was swinging and seaming. I didn't pick a lot of wickets last year and I realised later that when I'm bowling the first over I have the responsibility and if I get 1-2 wickets in the powerplay, the tone is set. The dew came in, the ball was coming on nicely, some good batting by Russell and we also bowled some bad balls, so it was a combination of everything. Even the cutters Sam was bowling were coming onto the bat. I was thinking we should not lose this match, they were batting really well and at one point needed 40 off 20 balls which is very gettable on this ground. It is always good to win matches like this in the group stage as you learn a lot of things.

23:34 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Eoin Morgan after match

It's (pulse) quite high at the moment. What a hell of a game of cricket. Certainly from the position we were in after our powerplay, we probably didn't think we'd get as close as we did. But Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik really did put a partnership together, once you do that taking advantage of the conditions here, it's very difficult to stop. A partnership going in that manner and then following that Pat Cummins the way he played really gave us every chance towards the end. Tremendous fight from our middle and lower order which is all you can ask for when you lose wickets upfront like that. The first five overs of our batting didn't go our way. We didn't play as well as would have liked. If we had built a partnership and take advantage of those early overs going into those middle overs, we would have been in a really strong position. We can be happy with the way (we adapted to) new ground, different challenges. Going back to it now having watched our guys bat, I don't think there was a great deal of margin of error. So we have to be a little bit kinder to our bowlers.

23:21 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Cummins runs out of partners

Pat Cummins hits the ball straight and immediately wants a couple of runs. Prasidh Krishna fails to keep up and gets run out. Cummins remains stranded on 66. CSK beat KKR by 18 runs in the high-scoring thriller. Noone expected KKR to get this close after losing five wickets for 31 runs. Cummins, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik's effort goes in vain. KKR 202 all out

23:17 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Curran finishes well

Pat Cummins fails to get enough power and denies the single as well. Next ball hits his pads, Cummins takes a single this time. Prasidh Krishna is the last batsman in. He defends Sam Curran's last delivery. KKR need 20 runs from the last over and Cummins is on strike. KKR 201/9 after 19 overs

23:14 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Last wicket remaining

Sam Curran bowls the perfect yorker, starts off with a dot ball. SIX! Pat Cummins gets another one in the slot and he hits it overfine leg for a maximum. Next ball, Cummins hits it straight. Varun Chakravarthy gets run out as he did not turn immediately. He departs for a duck. KKR 200/9 after 18.3 overs

23:10 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Second IPL fifty for Cummins

Shardul Thakur back in attack. He bowls full and wide, Pat Cummins mistimes but gets a couple of twos off the first two balls. Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja has switched with substitute fielder Krishnappa Gowtham there to stop the twos. Two dot balls to follow as Cummins does not take the chance against Jadeja. Thakur follows up with three wides. he has been ordinary so far. FOUR! Cummins slices it and it goes over the short third man fielder for a boundary. This is now Cummins' highest T20 score. He takes a single and retains strike. KKR need 28 runs from final two overs. KKR 193/8 after 18 overs

23:05 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Ngidi does well

Pat Cummins on strike. The remaining wickets play on his mind as he turns down an easy single. FOUR! Fuller delivery from Ngidi beats Cummins and then takes off. It beast Dhoni and there is nothing he could have done there. Lucky runs for KKR. Just a single more from the over. Varun Chakravarthy plays the ball in the gap but Cummins says no to the single. He wants to take strike next over. KKR 181/8 after 17 overs

23:02 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Nagarkoti disappoints

Kamlesh Nagarkoti goes for the big shot himself instead of giving the strike to the rampaging Pat Cummins. Nagarkoti departs for a two-ball duck. Lungi Ngidi gets his third wicket. KKR 176/8 after 16.2 overs

22:57 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Cummins in Russell mode

Sam Curran back in attack. Pat Cummins miscues that one but it lands safely between the fielders, a couple of runs. SIX! Cummins gets power on that one and a big six over long-off. Cummins is keeping CSK bowlers on their toes. SIX! He hits straight this time and gets the same result. SIX! That was on the pads and Cummins plays the pick up shot. The ball travels the distance this time as well. Hat-trick of sixes! We have not seen Cummins batting like that. FOUR! Curran bowls a juicy full toss and Cummins hits it for a boundary towards extra cover. SIX! Cummins hits that one in the middle too and that is the fourth six in the over. Cummins is in Russell mode. He is batting on 48 from 19 deliveries. 30 runs from Curran's third over. Absolute carnage from Cummins. Are you watching this Aaron Finch? Promote him up the order. KKR 176/7 after 16 overs

22:51 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Karthik out for 40

Lungi Ngidi into the attack. Dinesh Karthik gets a single. SIX! Even a miscued shot from Pat Cummins sails over the ropes. That was beyond Ravindra Jadeja's reach in deep mid-wicket. He beats Cummins off the next two deliveries. Ngidi balls it full and Cummins plays it towards long-on for a single. LBW! Ngidi traps Karthik in front of the wickets. He has opted to review this but it does not make a difference. Karthik departs for a 24-ball 40. KKR 146/7 after 15 overs

22:45 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Cummins hits back-to-back fours

Shardul Thakur back in attack after a 24-run over. Meanwhile, Andre Russell is still sitting on the stairs after a carnage-filled inning. Three singles from the first four deliveries. FOUR! Pat Cummins hits his first boundary. That was too straight for the long-on fielder to cut off. FOUR! Cummins did not get that in the middle of the bat but Krishnappa Gowtham does sloppy work in the deep. 11 runs from the over. KKR 138/6 after 14 overs

22:40 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Jadeja finishes well

Ravindra Jadeja bowls his final over. He makes no mistakes this time. Pat Cummins struggling to rotate strike against the left-arm spinner. KKR still need 94 runs from 42 deliveries. KKR 127/6 after 13 overs

22:38 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Karthik takes charge

Pat Cummins comes in to bat. He gets off the mark with a quick single. Dinesh Karthik defends the first ball he faces from Sam Curran. SIX! Curran pitches it short and Karthik pulls it away for a maximum. He has been firing from the other end. FOUR! He comes down the track and flat bats it towards deep mid-wicket. Still something left for KKR in this match. As long as Karthik is there. KKR 123/6 after 12 overs

22:35 (IST)21 Apr 2021
SAM does the job!

BOWLED! Sam Curran brought back into the attack and he delivers. Andre Russell misjudges that one and lets the ball hit the stumps. Russell did not know where his leg stump was. Curran is delighted and so is all CSK team. This is a big wicket. Russell departs for 54 and he walks back to the pavillion in utter disbelief. KKR 112/6 after 11.2 overs

22:29 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Russell gets to 50 in style

Ravindra Jadeja continues. FOUR! Dinesh Karthik hits the first ball for a boundary. Jadeja under pressure straight away. Karthik takes a single. Russel goes for the slog and mistimes. Moeen Ali misjudges again and does not attempt the half-chance, just a single. Just one more single from the over. Wait! It is a no ball. Russell gets the license to take on Jadeja. SIX! Russell launches that one into orbit. Suddenly, a good over has been spoiled by a no ball. Russell gets to his 9th IPL fifty from just 21 deliveries. This game is very much alive. KKR 111/5 after 11 overs

22:26 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Russell punishes Thakur

Full and wide, Shardul Thakur gives a freebie. SIX! Andre Russell teases the fielder in the deep but it is well above him. Thakur misses his line and bowls two consecutive wides. SIX! Russell throws the kitchen sink at the short ball and Moeen Ali makes a mess of a chance. The ball goes through his hands and over the ropes. Russell is already batting at 41. Thakur follows it up with a dot ball. SIX! Russell absolutely clobbers it over deep mid-wicket for a flat six. The run chase has come alive. 24 runs from Thakur's first over. KKR 97/5 after 10 overs

22:22 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Russell cautious against Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja is increasing the required run rate from the other end. Dinesh Karthik did manage to get a boundary but he gave 7 runs from the over. KKR 73/5 after 9 overs

22:14 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Expensive finish to Chahar's spell

Change of ends for Deepak Chahar. Andre Russell on strike. SIX! Russell hits it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. He is not afraid to take any bowler on. He plays the next one towards long-off, gets a single. Two dot balls to Dinesh Karthik. SIX! Short ball with no pace and Karthik pulls it for a maximum. First six for Karthik. Attack from both ends now. A dot ball to end the spell. KKR 66/5 after 8 overs

22:10 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Jadeja into attack

Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. Dinesh Karthik manages a boundary from the over. Three singles from Jadeja's first over as well. KKR 53/5 after 7 overs

22:07 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Russell attacks straightaway

FOUR! Lungi Ngidi bowls the first one too full and Andre Russell plays it away from the point fielder for a boundary. FOUR! Russell pulls this time but not too much power on it. Second boundary for Russell in the over. A dot delivery to follow as Moeen Ali dives to stop the boundary at the edge of 30-yard circle. SIX! Russell muscles it over long-off for a huge maximum. This is a terrific start for Russell. KKR 45/5 after 6 overs


Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora

Chennai Super Kings Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Jason Behrendorff, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma

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