Here’s a round-up of what happened over the past two evenings in the 2019 Indian Premier League.
The Chennai Super Kings beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets.
Put into bat in Chennai, Kolkata got off to a terrible start as they were reduced to 9 – 3, losing Chris Lynn at the end of the first over, lbw to Deepak Chahar, Sunil Narine who was caught by Chahar off Harbhajan Singh, and then Nitesh Rana, also to Chahar.
Robin Uthappa made 11 before he was Chahar’s another victim, before Dinesh Karthik and Shubman Gill added 20 for the 5th wicket. Both then fell in short order to the bowling of Imran Tahir, Karthik caught for 19, and Gill stumped for 9.
It was left to Andre Russell to add some respectability to the scoreboard with a typically belligerent 50 not out, including three sixes, but his was very much a lone hand, and only Piyush Chawla, who scored 8, provided any sort of support to the all-rounder, as their side closed on 108 – 9.
Chahar took 3 for 20, whilst there were two wickets apiece for Harbhajan and Tahir.
In reply Shane Watson looked to give Chennai a brisk start but he fell for 17, caught by Chawla off the bowling of Narine. Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina added 17, but Raina fell to the same Chawla-Narine combination for 14. Ambati Rayudu and du Plessis then calmed things with a stand of 46, and although Rayudu was caught off the bowling of Chawla for 21, du Plessis then saw his side home with the assistance of Kedar Jadhav, who was 8 not out at the end. For his part, du Plessis was 43 not out.
Chahar was named man of the match.
On Wednesday, Mumbai Indians beat the Kings XI Punjab by three wickets in a dramatic match that was won off the final ball.
It was Mumbai who won the toss and decided to field first in front of their expectant fans. However, they had to watch as Punjab got off to an excellent start with Chris Gayle and KL Rahul putting on 116 for the first wicket. Gayle was typically aggressive scoring 63 off just 36 balls, including 7 sixes, until he was caught by Krunal Pandya off Jason Behrendorff. David Miller was the next man out, caught off the bowling of Hardik Pandya, and the all-rounder then accounted for Karun Nair as well.
Sam Curran was the next to fall, caught by Quinton de Kock off Jasprit Bumrah, as Rahul continues to lead the fight from the other end. He combined with Mandeep Singh for an unbeaten 5th wicket partnership of 46, which saw the opener reach his century off 64 balls. He hit 6 sixes in his 100 not out, whilst Singh was unbeaten on 7 as the away side finished on 197 – 4.
In response Mumbai looked to get off to a good start of their own through de Kock and Siddesh Lad, but, when their partnership had reached 28, Lad was bowled by Mohammed Shami. De Kock and Suryakumar Yadav added 28, but Yadav was caught off the bowling of Curran for 21, and then, in the next over, Ashwin had de Kock caught by Miller for 24.