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KKR Ease Past CSK to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

In a crucial encounter, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) emerged victorious against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets in Match 61 at the Chepauk stadium. The win helped KKR stay in contention for the playoffs, while CSK’s chances of securing a top-two finish were dented. KKR’s spinners played a significant role in restricting CSK to 144 for 6, and their batsmen, led by Rinku Singh and Nitish Rana, successfully chased down the target. Let’s dive into the key moments and highlights of the match. 

CSK’s Batting Struggles and KKR’s Spin Dominance 

CSK’s Decision to Bat First 

MS Dhoni’s decision to bat first didn’t yield the desired results for CSK. The innings started well, but Varun Chakravarthy’s carrom ball accounted for both openers, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ajinkya Rahane, disrupting the momentum. 

Middle-order Collapse 

CSK suffered a collapse after Rahane’s dismissal, going from 61 for 1 to 72 for 5. Shardul Thakur dismissed Devon Conway, and Sunil Narine struck twice to send back Ambati Rayudu and Moeen Ali. 

Shivam Dube’s Rescue Act 

Shivam Dube played a crucial role in stabilizing CSK’s innings. Alongside Ravindra Jadeja, Dube focused on building a partnership and took the innings deep. While Jadeja struggled to score freely, Dube found boundaries and propelled CSK to a respectable total of 144. 

CSK’s Inability to Counter Spin 

CSK’s batsmen found it difficult to handle KKR’s spinners on the turning Chepauk pitch. The odd ball stopped and turned sharply, causing problems for the batters. Despite Shivam Dube’s efforts to stabilize the innings, CSK’s middle-order struggled to score freely, resulting in a collapse.

Powerplay Dominance by Deepak Chahar 

Deepak Chahar, CSK’s pacer, displayed his mastery in the Powerplay overs. He picked up three wickets, all within the first six overs, to put KKR under pressure early on. Chahar’s swing bowling skills were on display as he accounted for crucial wickets through catches to the fielders.

KKR’s Chase and Dominant Partnership

Powerplay Woes for KKR 

KKR faced early hiccups in their chase, losing three wickets within the powerplay. Deepak Chahar picked up three wickets, but KKR remained favorites due to the challenging target and dew setting in. 

Rinku Singh and Nitish Rana’s Partnership 

Rinku Singh and Nitish Rana resurrected KKR’s innings with a vital 99-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Rana played some exquisite shots, while Singh dominated the spinners, including hitting Ravindra Jadeja for two sixes. 

KKR’s Mystery Spinners

KKR’s mystery spinners, Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine, played a pivotal role in restricting CSK to a modest total. Chakravarthy continued his excellent season, taking two crucial wickets, while Narine returned to his wicket-taking ways after a lean patch. Their variations and control over the spin proved challenging for CSK’s batsmen.

Comfortable Victory for KKR 

KKR eventually achieved the target with nine balls to spare. Singh and Rana showcased their batting skills, ensuring KKR’s victory and keeping their net run rate considerations on hold. 

Dew as a Factor 

The presence of dew played a significant role in the match. As the game progressed, dew set in, making batting easier for KKR during their chase. This factor worked in favour of KKR, allowing their batsmen to play their shots with more freedom and confidence.

Player of the Match: Rinku Singh 

Rinku Singh‘s match-winning knock of 54 provided stability to KKR’s innings and set the foundation for their successful chase. His aggressive approach against the spinners and valuable contribution earned him the Player of the Match award. 

Records and Statistics

  • Deepak Chahar has now picked 10 out of 11 wickets against KKR in the Powerplay. 
  • KKR has lost the most number of overs in the Powerplay among all teams in IPL 2023 (28 overs). 
  • Shivam Dube’s 19 sixes against spin bowlers in IPL 2023 is the highest by any batter. 
  • The 99-run partnership between Rinku Singh and Nitish Rana is the highest against CSK at Chepauk. 
  • The win marked KKR’s first victory in Chennai since 2012. 


KKR’s victory against CSK in their last home game of the league season kept their playoff hopes alive. The dominance of KKR’s spinners and the composed batting performance by Rinku Singh and Nitish Rana proved instrumental in securing the win. While CSK’s chances of a top-two finish may have been affected by this defeat, they still remain in a good position to qualify for the playoffs. The match showcased the importance of spin bowling and the ability of KKR’s batsmen to handle challenging situations. As the IPL season progresses, the battle for playoff spots intensifies, promising more thrilling encounters on the horizon.

Gurleen Kaur