CSK vs KKR Match Highlights:
CSK beat KKR by 6 wickets
Kolkata Knight Riders - 172/5 in 20 overs (Nitish Rana 87; Lungi Ngidi 2-34)
Chennai Super Kings - 178/4 in 20 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 72, Ravindra Jadeja 31*; Varun Chakravarthy 2-20)
MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings(CSK) pulled off Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets in a nail-biter finish by Sir Ravindra Jadeja at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on Thursday. With this win over KKR, CSK dented their chances of making it to the playoffs. New-comer Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed his second consecutive half-century but Ravindra Jadeja's thrilling cameo (31* off just 11 balls) helped MS Dhoni's men crossed the line with a last-ball finish.
With this CSK win over KKR, MI seals their spot for the playoffs and became the first team to reach the IPL 2020 playoffs. Newly-made captain Eoin Morgan's Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) needed to win this crucial game to ensure the team has the upper hand when it comes to making it to the knockout stage but now, things have turned a little bit complicated for the former IPL winners. Thus, we can say that Super Kings dent Knight Riders' playoff hopes in a last-ball thriller on Thursday.
However, Knight Riders still have one match to play and they need to win it by a big margin and hopes for other results going to their way as well. KKR's made the qualifying task easier for Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) and Delhi Capitals(DC), who are already on 14 points with two matches to go.
Earlier, after decided to bat first KKR scored 172/5 in 20 overs. Nitish Rana (87) posted his highest ever IPL score at the top of the order. He smashes 50 off 44 balls, but after scoring his 2nd IPL fifty this season, unleashed on CSK’s spinners especially against Karan Sharma, he hits 3 back to back maximums and took KKR to a respectable total of 172 runs. Karthik (21*) along with skipper Eoin Morgan provides a strong finish at teh back end of their inning.
Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Rajasthan Royals in their final game while CSK up next against Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) on the upcoming double-header weekend.