IPL 2020 KKR vs CSK Five reasons for CSK's defeat: Two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders defeated MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings by 10 runs in the biggest rivalry of this season last night at Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The match was held on 6 PM Local Time and 7:30 IST. This is Kolkata Knight Riders' 3rd win in IPL 2020 and Chennai Super Kings' 4th defeat. Chasing a stiff target of 168 runs, Chennai Super Kings trembling down in the middle-overs when Super Kings batsman played a lot of dot balls which results in their 4th loss of this season of Indian Premier League 2020. The reason for Chennai's defeat was the slow batting of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. Both played 24 balls in total and scored just 18 runs which add lots of pressure on Chennai Super Kings and due to which they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders last night.
While batting first, KKR set a target of 168 runs to CSK. Rahul Tripathi played a match-winning knock of 81 off 51 balls which helps KKR to set a fighting total against Chennai Super Kings. KKR's spinners and pacers restricted MS Dhoni's Super Kings at the end and gets their 3rd win of the season. KKR have 6 points now and they are at the 3rd spot in the IPL Points Table CSK have 4 points now and they are currently at the 5th spot.
Let's look at the five main reasons for CSK defeat against KKR:
1) Chennai Super Kings was progressive well towards victory by 12 overs. Ambati Rayudu was out on the first ball of the 13th over. Then came MS Dhoni on the crease and batting very slowly and scored 11(12). The required run rate was increased and the team came under pressure. When Dhoni came for batting, Super Kings needed 69 runs off 47 balls to win and he had 8 wickets left. When he was out, CSK was 39 runs away from the target and he had 21 balls left.
2) As their skipper MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav too batting extremely slowly. He could only score 7 runs off 12 balls and returned the unbeaten pavilion. When Jadhav came for batting, CSK needed 39 runs off 21 balls to win and he had 6 wickets left in their batting order. Jadhav played more than half of these balls and scored only 7 runs which surely increase the burden on the other batsmen.
3) Chennai Super Kings scored 99 runs for the first wicket in 12 overs. Then they needed 69 runs off the next 48 balls and his 9 wickets were also left. The reality is that 20 of the last 48 balls of CSK's innings were dot ball. Kedar Jadhav played the most dot balls. He faced 12 balls and just scored 7 runs. Dhoni also played 12 balls and scored run a ball which adds a lot of pressure on them and in the end, they lost the match by 10 runs.
4) However, it was not wrong to say that CSK captain MS Dhoni got in the trap of KKR's skipper Dinesh Karthik. Dinesh Karthik saved his trump card Sunil Narian for Chennai's MS Dhoni in his four overs This battle was especially for Dhoni, who does not take big shots in the middle overs. Narain took advantage of this and put pressure on CSK by bowling economically. Dhoni could have retaliated against Narain by promoting Sam Karen or Dwayne Bravo instead of batting himself, but he missed it completely.
5) The biggest reality is that Knight Riders not only surprised Chennai Super Kings with its strategy, but their players also put the plan on the field with proper tactics. In particular, Sunil Narain and Andre Russell bowled according to the plan on the helpful pitch for bowling and prevented the batsmen from playing shots. This brought the Chennai batsmen under pressure and made the road to Kolkata Knight Riders' easy victory in the end.
Two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight will take on KL Rahul led Kings XI Punjab in their next encounter on this upcoming Saturday at Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, MS Dhoni's CSK will play against Royal Challengers Bangalore on the same day after KKR's match at late night.