167dThe Report by Nikhil Kalro

CSK chase 203 in blockbuster finish to homecoming

Sam Billings turned the match around with 56 off 23, leaving Andre Russell on the losing side despite his record 88

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AD Russell
88(36) 1x4 - 11x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 20 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
0 1 1 2 18 16 34 16
SW Billings
56(23) 2x4 - 5x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 8 13 1 7 4 7 16

Best performances - Bowlers

SR Watson
O4
M0
R39
W2
Eco9.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
TK Curran
O3
M0
R39
W2
Eco13.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Chennai Super Kings , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

10 April 2018 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Points

Chennai Super Kings 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0

Commentator: Sreshth Shah

Rayudu, and not Sam Billings, makes his way out. Watson's taking strike.

12.15am That's all the action from Chepauk, but hope you haven't chewed all your nails just yet as we have two mouth-watering Champions League clashes coming your way. Can Manchester City overturn a 3-0 deficit against Liverpool? Will Messi get on the scoresheet against Roma? Head right over to ESPN.in and find out. For now, it's goodbye from ESPNcricinfo. Hope you enjoyed this high-scoring thriller. This is Sreshth Shah signing off - adios!

12.05 am James Faulkner and Deep Dasgupta look back on this absolute thriller in Matchday Runorder. Watch on our homepage or on Facebook

12.03am, April 11, 2018. Time for the presentation. Here's the winning captain MS Dhoni. Says: "It feels good, to come back after two years and win. The crowd deserved the first innings, the second innings. Everybody has their own emotion levels, but in the dugout, we like to keep faith in our batsmen or bowler in a particular time. Positive energy helps. My pulse rises too - and that's why we have a dressing room. I express myself in the dressing room but not in the dugout. If you're too expressive in the field, then commentators get a lot of things to talk about. It's good to see Sam bat the way he batted. Yes, we did go for runs, and Kolkata did bat well. Bowlers from both sides had a rough time, but I'm sure the crowd enjoyed."

Sam Billings is the Man of the Match for his match-winning 23-ball 56. "It was a pleasure to play in a team of legends - with Raina, Dhoni and Harbhajan," says Billings. "Mike Hussey's batting coach as well, so need to learn as much as I can from these guys. We keep options in our head, but you have to keep three different plans in place. We showed in the first game (Bravo's blitz), that if you take the game deep, then it's never really lost. Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja in the middle-order are big hitters. We knew no target is out of reach with this batting team."

Kiran Nawathe : "Just one word... "Everyday you can't be Bravo, some days you need to be Sir".. "

11.56pm Chris Lynn consoles Vinay Kumar as the CSK players run in to congratulate Jadeja and Bravo. KKR are distraught, but whaddya expect? It's not everyday that 202 is a losing total in the IPL. The teams shake their hands, but Knight Riders know they missed a trick after posting a 200-plus score. Once again, the team batting second wins... when will this streak end?

Dinesh Karthik, the losing captain, says: "Look, CSK had great support and we were expecting that. Hats off to them. Frustrating not to defend 202, but well done to Andre. These things happen in T20 cricket, so you've got to keep your chin up and move on. Basically, you need to know that you'll lose some games, so it's important to take the positives and not repeat our mistakes."

Shane Watson collects the purple cap for most wickets. He says: "We had to start off quick because of of the total KKR had put up. No question that the fans here are great. Too see the passion that CSK fans have has blown me away. The chase was strategic, but also a do-or-die. Got to home the mis-hits go your way sometimes. It was important to bring the required run-rate down early. My game's continued to evolve, but just to have an opportunity at this stage of this career....I'm very fortunate."

Kunal: "That no ball was a very close call by the umpire. Poor ball by Vinay, but not a no ball in my eyes."

Deep: "My heart sank when Vinay got the ball .. he is the definition of useless T20 commodity - no pace to harry batsmen, no nous with swing or seam to trouble quality batsmen on flat track, conventional action, and absolutely melts under pressure. "

19.5
6
Vinay Kumar to Jadeja, SIX runs, over long on! And CSK complete another heist. Full on middle stump, but Jadeja gets his front foot out of the way to smack this over Vinay's head. In the slot to be punished, and Jadeja does exactly that. It lands in the second tier and with that the CSK boys come running out! The hosts win by five wickets

CSK need four off two balls. Fans are praying, so is Shahrukh Khan, I think. Chris Lynn's having a chat with Vinay Kumar. Big ball coming up...

19.4
1
Vinay Kumar to Bravo, 1 run, full and wide outside off. Bravo drags his shot to long on this time. No chance of a double
19.3
1
Vinay Kumar to Jadeja, 1 run, good length on off stump, and Jadeja carves this to point for a quick single. Gets Bravo back on strike

Rangika Munawee: "DK himself could have bowled better"

19.3
1w
Vinay Kumar to Jadeja, 1 wide, full and slow outside off, but that's too wide! Jadeja lets it go as the umpire stretches his arms

over the wicket

19.2
1
Vinay Kumar to Bravo, 1 run, short on middle, and Bravo pulls this square to cow corner. It's in the air, but falls short of the man at cow corner. Bravo wanted the second, but Jadeja chooses not to come back. DJ's not happy!

Super Kings 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st75AT RayuduSR Watson
2nd10AT RayuduSK Raina
3rd16MS DhoniSK Raina
4th54MS DhoniSW Billings
5th29RA JadejaSW Billings
6th21DJ BravoRA Jadeja