Ruturaj Gaikwad Remains Unbeaten as Chennai Super Kings defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 Wickets.

It was a comprehensive win for the Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders lost their first match in the competition.

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets in yesterday’s IPL 2024 match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Fielding first after winning the toss, CSK made an excellent effort to restrict KKR to 137-9. Ravindra Jadeja (3-18) and Tushar Deshpande (3-33) starred with the ball, while captain Ruturaj Gaikwad guided the chase with 67 off 58. Sent into bat, KKR came up with a disappointing batting effort, as they were held to a below-par score as Jadeja, Deshpande, and Mustafizur Rahman (2-22) combined in a highly efficient manner. With this loss, only the Rajasthan Royals are undefeated in the tournament yet. Ravindra Jadeja was named player of the match.

CSK bowlers dominated throughout the innings.

Chennai got off to the perfect start with the ball, as Phil Salt (0) drove the first delivery from Deshpande to point. Sunil Narine and Angkrish Raghuvanshi revived KKR’s innings, adding 56 for the second wicket. However, both perished in the same over to Jadeja, as Kolkata slipped to 60-3. Raghuvanshi (24 off 18) attempted an ill-advised reverse sweep off the canny CSK left-arm spinner and was trapped in front of the wicket. Narine (27 off 20) missed a big hit towards wide long-on.

Jadeja had his third when Venkatesh Iyer (3) mistimed a pull to deep midwicket. Ramandeep Singh hammered Maheesh Theekshana for a maximum over wide and long. However, he perished on the next delivery for 13, bowled as he was completely foxed by a carrom ball. Rinku Singh fell for 9, dragging a slower ball from Deshpande back onto his stumps. MS Dhoni dropped a simple catch offered by Andre Russell off Mustafizur. The let-off, though, didn’t hurt CSK, as Dre Russ (10) was caught long-on trying to go after Deshpande. KKR captain Shreyas Iyer (34 off 32) and Mitchell Starc (0) perished in the last over, trying to go after Mustafizur.

Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad takes his side home.

Chasing 138, the Chennai Super Kings lost Rachin Ravindra for 15 as he miscued a short-length ball from Vaibhav Arora (2-28) to long-on. Gaikwad and Daryl Mitchell (25 off 19) added 70 for the second wicket to lay the foundation for CSK’s thumping win. Gaikwad took on Anukul Roy in the fifth over and struck him for three fours. Mitchell then clubbed Narine for six and four consecutive deliveries. The stand was broken when the KKR spinner cleaned up Mitchell in the 13th over. Shivam Dube (28 off 18) chipped in with another nice cameo before he was bowled by Arora. Dhoni walked into bat at the fall of Dube’s wicket but allowed Gaikwad to hit the winning runs. The Chennai skipper slapped Roy through cover for four in the 18th over to seal an emphatic victory for his side.

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