KKR pacer Pat Cummins claimed that one good over with the ball could have changed the game in Kolkata's favour. Kolkata Knight Riders have lost three games in a row, with the last one being against Chennai Super Kings. With back-to-back defeats in the season, they are currently placed 6th on the points table. KKR all-rounder Andre Russell and Pat Cummins almost did the impossible. The duo helped their team reach agonisingly close to the 221-run target. However, they still fell short by 18 runs in the end. Both tail-enders took over from a disastrous start that saw Kolkata being reduced to 31/5 inside the powerplay.
KKR are on a 3-match losing run
A crucial partnership between Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik revived KKR's run-chase. The batsmen gave them hopes of a successful finish. However, CSK all-rounder Sam Curran removed Russell to put an end to the blitz provided by their West Indian batsman. From there, Pat Cummins took over from Russell and showed the entire world his world-class all-around abilities. He slammed 30 runs off one Sam Curran over. However, the Kolkata based franchise fell short of batters in the end as they were all out for 202 runs. This was Chennai's third victory on the trot while KKR lost their third match in succession.
For Chennai Super Kings, their top-order made the difference. Opening batsmen Ruturaj Gaikwad (64 off 42) and Faf du Plessis (95* off 60) added a 115-run partnership. After playing a great inning, Ruturaj was dismissed by Varun Chakravarthy in the 13th over. South African batsman Faf then continued his splendid performance with the bat. He troubled the Kolkata bowlers but missed out on a well-deserved century. The opening batsman remained unbeaten on a 60-ball 95 at a strike rate of 158.33, including nine boundaries and four sixes.
Later, pacer Deepak Chahar dismissed four of KKR's top five batsmen in the first five overs. The youngster played an essential role in Chennai's third win of the season. Deepak Chahar troubled the KKR top-order by scalping four crucial wickets in his first three overs. Although Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik and Pat Cummins played destructive innings after that, the Eoin Morgan-led side could not chase the target and fell short by 18 runs.