The match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders was a frenzied from the beginning till end. It was thrilling not only because of the starting fray, but also because of the high score. Kolkata Knight Riders scored 202 for six wickets featuring the intense inning from Andre Russell. The player scored an unbeaten 88 runs playing 36 balls. It is an IPL record of being the highest score by a batsman lower down the line at number 7 in the tournament.
Knight Riders also had a strong beginning. In the powerplay overs, the score reached 64 for 2. Top order batsmen Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa played with impressive strike rate. In 36 balls, the players scored a combined tally of 63 runs. In IPL 2018 season so far, Knight Riders is following this style high hit despite of wickets. At the end, Andre Russel smashed his half-century of 52 in 15 balls. His strike rate was 346.7. In the stretch, he knocked 11 sixes and a four.
Chennai Kings blitzed with the opening pair, Shane Watson and Ambati Rayadu. The batsmen forged a partnership of 75 runs in 35 balls. Watson scored 42 runs playing 19 balls, while Rayadu added 39 off 26. The momentum slogged a bit after the powerplay overs but it paced up again with MS Dhoni striking hard. In the inning, Tom Curran had two wickets, while Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine had a single wicket each.
In the middle overs, Sam Billings steered the chase with an imperative half century. The batsman scored 56 off 23, making his fastest T20 half-century. In the last stretch, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo played brilliantly to strike the winning runs. Both scored 11 runs each playing 7 and 5 balls. Both hammered a six each to complete the chase. Sam Billings was awarded player of the match for his crucial half-century.
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