'Fluent' Du Plessus Fires CSK Past Fast-Finishing KKR

'Fluent' Du Plessus Fires CSK Past Fast-Finishing KKR Photo: TT
Faf Du Plessis bats

Faf du Plessis says his match-winning knock in the Chennai Super Kings’ 18-run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders was the “most fluent he’s felt”.

Du Plessis blasted an unbeaten 95no from 60 balls including nine fours and four sixes as the Chennai Super Kings posted an imposing total of 3-220 in Mumbai.

The Kolkata Knight Riders chased hard but were eventually bowled out for 202 with five balls to spare, meaning they have a 1-3 record this Indian Premier League season.

“It was the most fluent I’ve felt so far,” du Plessis said.

“I felt in the previous game things started to tick better and today felt technically better. It’s just the rhythm of the flow of the hands.”

Du Plessis was key to the CSK innings but received good support from Ruturaj Gaikwad who made 64 from 42 at the top, while first drop Moeen Ali smashed 25 from 12 and MS Dhoni added 17 from eight.

Pat Cummins copped the brunt of it, finishing with figures of 0-58 from his four overs, while Prasidh Krishna went for 0-49 from his four.

After KKR slumped to 5-31 inside the powerplay in reply, Dinesh Karthik (20 from 24), Andre Russell (54 from 22) and Cummins (66no from 34) revived the contest.

KKR got the scenario down to requiring 45 from 24 balls but with only three wickets in hand, it was always going to be tough.

“Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik put a partnership together and following that Pat Cummins gave us every chance towards the end,” KKR captain Eoin Morgan said.

“Tremendous fight from the middle and lower order. You ride the emotions throughout the day. The first five overs of batting didn’t go our way.”

Ben somerford
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