Dinesh Karthik’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) finally performed their cards proper in order to overpower the mighty Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on matchday 21 of the continuing Indian Premier League (IPL) season 13 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Returning back to successful methods in the thirteenth season of the cash-rich league, Karthik-led KKR outclassed MS Dhoni and Co. by 10 runs on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Rahul Tripathi’s batting masterclass adopted by an impressive comeback from KKR bowlers propelled Karthik’s men to register their third win of the IPL 2020. Winning the toss and opting to bat first, an unchanged KKR side remained keen on embracing a change of fortunes after a series of dreadful performances in the cash-rich event.
KKR’s masterstroke was the Tripathi promotion
Tripathi was a star turnout for the KKR side as the promising talent ticked all the best boxes after receiving a promotion to the top order. Taking cognizance of Sunil Narine’s terrible run with the willow, the KKR suppose tank opted to give Tripathi an opportunity to open the innings with premier batsman Shubman Gill. Whereas Gill departed for 11 off 12 balls, Tripathi single-handedly took the game away from CSK by taking part in a memorable knock. Tripathi’s 81 runs in 51 Balls propelled Knight Riders to a competitive score, 167 in 20 overs.
Dwayne Bravo scripts history
Birthday boy’ Dwayne Bravo emerged as the choice of the bowlers for the CSK facet on his special day. The veteran seamer staged CSK’s comeback in the competition by taking three wickets and leaking 37 runs in his four-over quota. Bravo’s excellent spell of bowling also paved the best way for the Windies all-rounder to enter his name in the history books. The Windies pacer turned the 5th bowler in the history of IPL to take 150 wickets.
Toothless CSK middle-order let the bowlers down
After returning to scoring methods against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), CSK opener Shane Watson picked up from the place he had left to notch up one other gritty half-century. However, Watson’s 50 off 40 balls didn’t rescue CSK on matchday 21 as the Dhoni-led side didn’t handle to attain the required 78 runs in the final 10 overs. The match tilted in KKR’s favor after the depart of Watson and Ambati Rayudu. Rusty Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav’s disaster class finally triggered a middle-order collapse for CSK and the former champions went on to lose the game by 10 runs.
Karthik passes stern captaincy test
Karthik lived as much as the KKR management’s expectations as the charismatic leader managed to ring in pressing fixes regardless of recording one other forgetful outing with the willow. Although Karthik didn’t ship the goods with the bat, his daring choice to field an unchanged side and batting first in Abu Dhabi paid wealthy dividends. Apart from letting Tripathi take flight by opening the innings for the Kolkata giants, DK curiously prevented bringing spinner Narine until the 12th over of CSK’s steep chase to keep things hermetic for the batsmen. With the famous win over CSK, the Karthik-led facet will hope to increase their winning run when they cross swords with the Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.