Chennai Super Kings set a target of 236 runs vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Match no 33 of IPL 2023, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. CSK reached 235/4 in 20 overs, after half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane, Devon Conway, and Shivam Dube. Rahane played an unbeaten knock of 71 runs off 29 balls, packed with six fours and five sixes. Conway hammered his fourth consecutive half-century including four fours and three maximums. Dube was also in hot form and clattered 50 runs off 21 balls, smashing two fours and five maximums. CSK then restricted KKR to 186 runs and won the match by 49 runs. Jason Roy & Rinku Singh’s innings went in vain as CSK bowlers did a brilliant job in the death overs.
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KKR vs CSK: IPL 2023 Match Report
Chennai Super Kings smashed a massive total at the Eden Gardens while playing against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, 23 April. CSK put up their third-highest total in the history of the Indian Premier League, registering a score of 235/4 in the first innings of the game. KKR won the toss and decided to bowl first. The in-form pair of Ruturaj & Conway started the proceedings with the bat for CSK at the historic Eden Gardens. On the other side, Umesh Yadav started with the bowl.
Ruturaj Gaikwad made a brisk start against Umesh Yadav and scored 35 off 20 balls. Devon Conway scored his fourth successive half-century of the tournament, anchoring his way up to 56 off 40 deliveries. From there it was Dube-Rahane’s show that took over Kolkata on Sunday. Rahane was the best among the CSK batters. He scored an unbeaten 71* off just 29 balls against his former team. He upped the run rate and hit 5 sixes and 6 boundaries on the day.
Rahane constructed an important partnership with Shivam Dube for the fourth wicket. The Indian duo added 85 runs off 32 balls. Dube played a blistering inning of 50 runs with 2 boundaries and 5 sixes. He completed his half-century in just 20 deliveries. Jadeja played a superb cameo and scored 18 in just 8 with 2 massive sixes in the final over. MS Dhoni came in for the final three deliveries of the match, but was only able to connect one ball, and scored 2 runs off it to long-off.
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KKR vs CSK: IPL 2023 Match Report
Kolkata had a poor start after coming down to chase a huge total like that. Akash Singh picked up the wicket of Sunil Narine in the first over for a duck. Tushar Deshpande then sent Jagadeesan home in the second over. Rana & Venkatesh Iyer managed to control the game a little bit. Moeen Ali removed Iyer for 20 in the 8th over as Kolkata lost their third wicket under 50 run mark.
Jason Roy came into the pitch and his blistering inning brought KKR into the match for the first time. Although Jadeja scalped the wicket of the skipper Nitish Rana and CSK were in full control, Roy went on and on. He had an injury during fielding but despite that injury, he played a pivotal part in the run chase. Theekshana finally came with the breakthrough of Jason Roy in the 15th over. Roy played his part with an amazing 61 runs consisting of 5 fours & 5 sixes in just 26 deliveries.
Rinku Singh played another brilliant inning and he has been consistent throughout this season for Kolkata. He scored another half-century and kept Kolkata in the chase but chasing a total of 236 runs, needs a team performance. Rinku Singh didn’t get that help and as a result, Chennai Super Kings registered their third consecutive victory of the season and climbed to the top of the table with 10 points.