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Scorecard | As it happened
Gill and Karthik added an unbroken 83 runs off just 36 balls as hosts KKR chased down the competitive 178-run target in 17.4 overs. Gill remained not out on 57 off 36 balls as he hit two sixes and six fours, while Karthik took just 18 balls to score unbeaten 45 with the help of a six and seven fours.
CSK suffered their third defeat of the season and slipped to second in the points table.
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KKR hit a road block early in their run chase as pacer Lungi Ngidi dismissed in-form Chris Lynn (12) in the very first over after the batsman hit back-to-back sixes. Sunil Narine, who was dropped twice in two balls by Ravindra Jadeja in the second over, then smacked three boundaries off Ngidi as KKR reached 32/1 in three overs.
KM Asif removed Robin Uthappa (6) in the fifth over, but Gill smacked three fours off Shane Watson to take KKR to 56/2 after six Powerplay overs.
Jadeja rectified his earlier mistakes by dismissing Narine in the seventh over, but by then the West Indian scored 32 off 20 balls with the help of two sixes and four fours.
Gill and Rinku Singh steadied the chase as they took the home side to 90/3 at the halfway mark. Rinku (16) though did not last long as he was clean bowled by veteran Harbhajan Singh in the 12th over.
Gill then along with his captain Karthik increased the tempo in the 15th over as the duo smacked Asif for three sixes and scored 21 runs to take KKR to 141/4. In the next ball, Gill hit a four off Jadeja to score his fifty off just 32 balls. The left-armer conceded 14 runs in the over as the equation changed to 23 off 24 balls. But the two KKR batsmen needed just ten more balls to take the team home.
Earlier, Narine-led KKR spinners impressed before CSK’s inspirational captain MS Dhoni’s late flourish guided his side to 177/5. Dhoni once again propped up the total with an unbeaten 43 from 25 balls that included four sixes and one four.
Narine returned with impressive figures of 2 for 20, while Piyush Chawla grabbed 2 for 35 as the duo bowled 22 dot balls in the middle overs to keep CSK’s batting in check.
Young pacer Shivam Mavi also impressed with his pace and bounce but went wicketless giving away 21 runs in three overs as CSK scored bulk of their runs against veteran Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson who leaked 51 runs in four overs.
Against the batting firepower of CSK, it was a tidy KKR bowling that was on display after Karthik opted to chase.
Watson (36) impressed up front against Johnson, who leaked 10 and 19 runs in his first two overs. But youngster Mavi put the brakes from the other end showing superb control with his pace and was not afraid to pitch the ball short against CSK’s opening duo of Watson and Faf du Plessis (27).
KKR managed to get a breakthrough inside the powerplay with Chawla dismissing Du Plessis as the visitors reached 57/1 in six overs.
Karthik used Narine wisely, first introducing him in the Powerplay and then gave two in the middle overs. Narine’s 11th and 15th overs were crucial as the Trinidadian dismissed Watson (36) for the seventh time in T20 matches and also removed Rayudu (21), the two leading rungetters of CSK.
Suresh Raina (31) also failed to score big after getting a start as he was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav. Dhoni then finished CSK’s innings on a high as he added 55 runs for the fifth wicket with Jadeja (12) in 5.1 overs.
Raina, however, achieved a personal milestone becoming the leading rungetter with 4776 runs in IPL history, surpassing Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli (4767).
Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 180/4 in 17.4 overs (Shubman Gill 57*; Harbhajan Singh 1/20) beat Chennai Super Kings 177/5 (MS Dhoni 43*; Sunil Narine 2/20) by six wickets