IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the storm of Sam Billings, Chennai won the match by 5 wickets:
With a stormy half-century from Sam Billings, Chennai, after scoring a thrilling start to Andre Russell, won the second consecutive win by defeating Kolkata by five wickets in an exciting match of the Indian Premier League. Kolkata scored a big score of 202 runs in six balls with Russell’s unbeaten 88 off 36 balls with 11 sixes and one four. Russell also shared a 76-run partnership with captain Dinesh Karthik (26) in 7.4 overs for the sixth wicket during his best innings in the IPL. Robin Uthappa also scored 29 runs in 16 balls.
In response, Chennai’s team won the match with Sam Billings (56) and half-centuries from openers Shane Watson (42) and Ambati Rayudu (39), with a ball remaining to save 205 for five wickets. Billings hit five sixes and two fours in his 23-ball knock. Dwayne Bravo (11 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (11 not out) guided the team to the target in the last over with a six each.
Watson (42) and Rayudu gave a steady start to Chennai’s chase. In the first over in the first over, Vinay Kumar’s two consecutive balls and a six in consecutive balls, Piyush Chawla’s delivery was also brought in between the viewers. Rayudu also completed the team’s 50 runs in the fourth over with two sixes and one four in Chawla’s over.
Watson bowled Tam Kaureen with fours and sixes, but in the same over, trying to root another six, Rinku Singh gave a catch to the boundary, which ended his 75-run partnership with Rayudu. He hit 19 sixes and hit three sixes and three fours. Supercans scored 75 runs for a wicket in Power Play.
Kuldeep then put Rayudu in place of Shivmani Mavi, while Suresh Raina (14) was caught by Sunil Narine at the ball to Vinay Kumar. Bills and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25) put the innings ahead after this. Dhoni hit fours and six over consecutive balls to Kuldeep. Uthappa gave life to Billings on the ball of Curran, after which he hit two sixes in the same over.
Chennai needed 58 runs to win in the last five overs. Chawla then caught the wicket of wicketkeeper Karthik. Billings completed a half-century in 21 balls with one run from Coren ball. Bills put a six in the same over but caught Uthappa on the next ball. He faced 23 balls and hit five sixes and two fours. Chennai needed 17 runs in the last over and Bravo gave Vinay Kumar the first and Jadeja gave the team victory with a six over the fifth ball.