Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) won six wickets in the final ball in the Indian Premier League against Kolkata Knight Riders here on Thursday. After said that all the plans of his team in this match were successful.
Knight Riders (KKR) scored 172 for five from an innings of 87 runs with the help of opener Nitish Rana’s 61-ball 10 fours and four sixes. The Super Kings (CSK) team, which was on the last run and were already out before the play-off race, responded with a 72-ball 53 from Ruturaj Gaikwad with six fours and two sixes and Ambati Rayudu ( 38) After his second wicket partnership of 68 with (Ambati Rayudu), Jadeja (31 not out off 11 balls, two fours, three sixes) stormed to 178 for four in 20 overs.
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Dhoni (MS Dhoni) said during the award distribution ceremony after the match, ‘I think the plans in this match were in our favor. Glad the toss was in our favor. Ravindra Jadeja is batting brilliantly this season. He is the only batsman in our team who is taking the responsibility of scoring runs in the last over. I think during the entire season, if we needed any such player, then support him.
Dhoni (Dhoni) also praised Ruturaj for winning his second consecutive Man of the Match title. He said, ‘We saw Ruturaj batting at the nets but after that he was found to be Covid-19positive (Ruturaj Gaikwad Corona Positive) and was out for 20 days. It has been unfortunate but he will remember this season. He is one of the most talented players. However, he speaks very little due to which sometimes the team management has difficulty in testing the player. When he started batting, you can see that he was hitting the ball the way he wanted and what he had planned.
For Knight Riders (KKR), Varun Chakraborty took 20 wickets while Pat Cummins took two wickets for 31 runs but could not win his team. Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan admitted that the bowlers had dumped everything but could not save the team from defeat.
Morgan said after the match, ‘The toss was not in our favor. Our bowlers bowled everything but missed some in terms of skill. We have to overcome this defeat. We have one world class spinner and the other is on the threshold of playing for India. These are great spinners. I cannot make the mistake of bowlers. Kamlesh Nagarkoti did not get enough runs to defend in the last over. Had it been 16-17 runs, it would have been better.
Morgan said he felt that his team’s score would be sufficient. He said, ‘I thought runs would be enough. We felt we were in the match. Probably 165 runs on this wicket was a competitive score if the wicket and conditions remained the same. I think we batted well today.