Chennai Super Kings (205/5) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (202/6) by five wickets in the 2018 Indian Premier League at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday, when Ravindra Jadeja hit a six off the penultimate ball.
The Knight Riders had set a daunting run chase for the Super Kings thanks to an 88 from Andre Russell. Things looked bleak for Chennai until Sam Billings managed 56 late on before Jadeja won it.
Here is the latest table after Tuesday, per ESPNcricinfo.com:
IPL Standings (Team, Played, Won, Points, Net Run Rate)
1. Chennai Super Kings: 2, 2, 4, 0.254
2. Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1, 1, 2, 1.771
3. Kings XI Punjab: 1, 1, 2, 0.567
4. Kolkata Knight Riders: 2, 1, 2, 0.195
5. Mumbai Indians: 1, 0, 0, -0.271
6. Delhi Daredevils: 1, 0, 0, -0.567
7. Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1, 0, 0, -0.598
8. Rajasthan Royals: 1, 0, 0, -1.771
Here's the updated schedule:
- Wednesday, April 11: Rajasthan Royals vs. Delhi Daredevils, 2:30 p.m. BST/9:30 a.m. ET
- Thursday, April 12: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Mumbai Indians, 2:30 p.m. BST/9:30 a.m. ET
- Friday, April 13: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kings XI Punjab, 2:30 p.m. BST/9:30 a.m. ET
Full schedule is available, per the IPL official website.
Kolkata recovered from losing four wickets in a row during the middle overs. One of those wickets belonged to Chris Lynn, who was sent packing by Jadeja.
Sky Sports Cricket relayed images of Lynn bowing out:
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WICKET! Ravi Jadeja celebrates bowling the dangerous Chris Lynn for a 16-ball 22, the Australian missing with a leg-side heave. #KKR 64-2 after 6 overs as Robin Uthappa creams back-to-back sixes, live on Sky Sports Cricket. https://t.co/6R2l3bscSe #CSKvKKR https://t.co/oZj8QEhvCp
Lynn's demise started a decline from the Knight Riders, who had been in a strong position at 51/1. They were 66/2 when Lynn walked, with Robin Uthappa caught out by Suresh Raina soon after.
Rinku Singh was the next to go as Kolkata slipped to 89/5.
However, the Knight Riders were able to stage a strong finish thanks to the big-hitting brilliance of Russell. The 29-year-old attacked Chennai's bowlers with gusto, finding particular joy against Dwayne Bravo.
Russell brought up his half-century in just 26 balls, before tormenting Bravo off three straight deliveries, per Cricbuzz:
The pattern for finding the boundary continued as Russell completed 11 sixes. In the process, he soon brought up 88.
ESPNcricinfo showed how he'd dismantled every facet of the Super Kings' bowling:
Russell's heavy scoring left Chennai with a lot to do. They started with a solid 16 runs off the first over, a steady beginning, but the Super Kings needed more.
Fortunately, Shane Watson wracked up 30 runs off 14 balls. His partnership with Ambati Rayudu took the Super Kings beyond 60 with 15 overs left.
Singh caught Watson out off a Tom Curran delivery, but the Super Kings were still in with a chance, needing 128 runs from 85 balls. Rayudu and Raina were gone when MS Dhoni stepped up to the wicket.
Dhoni could only manage 25 off 28 balls but did bring up one notable landmark:
Billings tried to keep Chennai in it, smashing a half century off just 21 balls. His efforts made it a tense finish, but he was soon caught out by Uthappa off another Curran delivery.
It looked over until Jadira caught a Vinay Kumar delivery over middle stump with a sweet and decisive connection.