Unburdened by captaincy, Dhoni, who relinquished the management position simply two days back, smashed an unbeaten 50 off 38 balls to take CSK to 131 for five after being put in to bat.
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But, KKR, who lost to CSK within the previous season’s summit clash, chased down the goal with 9 balls to spare, without favoring India batter Ajinkya Rahane top-scoring with a 34-ball 44.
As it happened
Rahane, who was purchased for Rs 1 crore by KKR after enjoying only a few matches for Delhi Capitals’ previous season, was in good contact as he hit six fours and one six throughout his knock. He shared 43 runs for the opening wicket with Venkatesh Iyer (16) and that was the very best partnership for KKR ultimately.
Nitish Rana (21), new captain Shreyas Iyer (20 not out), and Sam Billings (25) made helpful contributions to offer KKR a successful begin to the match.
Iyer thus began his KKR captaincy with a win whereas his counterpart Ravindra Jadeja, who took the place of the enduring Dhoni as CSK skipper, started his stint with a loss.
Iyer hit the profitable runs, a boundary, as KKR reached 133 for 4 in 18.3 overs.
Dwayne Bravo (3/20) was the decision of the bowlers for CSK.
Earlier, KKR dished out a fabulous bowling present to limit CSK to 131/5.
CSK crossed the 130-run mark because of Dhoni’s unbeaten 50 off 38 balls (7×4; 1×6) and skipper Jadeja’s 26 not out off 28 balls (1×6). Dhoni’s previous IPL fifty was 84 not out versus Royal Challengers Bangalore on Apr 21, 2019.
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CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (0) perished cheaply. after being caught by Nitish Rana within the slip cordon off pacer Umesh Yadav (2/20).
The typical Wankede monitor, which had quantity of bounce, did assist the KKR bowlers they usually took most benefit.
Devon Conway (3) and Robin Uthappa (28 off 21 balls) then tried to revive the CSK innings, however, managed so as to add solely 28 runs for the second wicket.
Conway, who was looking rusty, turned Umesh Yadav’s second scalp.
Uthappa was brutal on Shivam Mavi, whom he hit for a boundary within the second over and adopted it up by one other boundary and a most within the fourth over. In between, he hammered Umesh for a six.
But his keep was reduced quickly, stumped by Sheldon Jackson off Varun Chakravarthy (1/23) within the eighth over as CSK discovered themselves in a spot of trouble at 49/3.
They additional slipped to 52/4, as a horrible mix-up between Ambati Rayadu (15 off 17 balls) and Jadeja led to the previous’s dismissal. After 10 overs, CSK have been tottering at 57/4.
CSK misplaced half of their aspect for 61 after Shivam Dube (3) gave a sitter to Sunil Narine at short-midwicket off pacer Andre Russell.
Then, Jadeja and Dhoni added 70 runs for the sixth wicket to take CSK to a decent whole. The previous and current captain duo initially performed a barrage of dot balls however Dhoni hammered three boundaries within the 18th over, wherein CSK amassed 14 runs.
Showing glimpses of his well-known match-finishing prowess, Dhoni fetched a boundary and a six within the penultimate over, from which CSK received 15 runs.
The duo added 18 runs within the remaining over with Jadeja hitting a six off the ultimate ball, as CSK added 74 runs within the remaining 10 overs.
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