Earlier in the day, KKR got 93 in their first 10 overs and just 74 in their final 10. Somehow, CSK have managed to outdo that. They were 90/1, bossing the chase at the halfway mark with Watson and Rayudu looking fluent at the crease. But then suffered an incredible slowdown after losing the two of them in back-to-back overs. Their middle-order has been a huge concern in this tournament. It was all well and good when the two openers finished off the chase against Punjab in the previous match. But today, they needed contributions in the middle. That didn’t happen. And so once again, a run chase has gone terribly wrong. KKR, for their part, did a sterling job. Especially the spin duo of Narine and Chakravarthy. Narine only came in to bowl in the 12th over and he found his mojo today. Chakravarthy’s variations also proved incredibly hard to score off, and he even managed to knock over MS Dhoni which was a pivotal moment.
MS Dhoni: In the middle overs there was a phase where they bowled 2-3 good overs. If we batted better, and didn’t lose 2-3 wickets in a row,. We should’ve been careful in the first 5-6 overs. Curran was really good with the ball, and I think we did well in general with the ball, but the batsmen let the bowlers down today. Rotation of strike was important, but I think there were hardly any boundaries in the final few overs, so we need to be innovative at the end when they are continuously hitting a back of a length. That’s where we need to adapt better with the bat and I don’t think we did that.
Karthik: There are some key players for every team. Narine is one for us. Least we can do is back him. 2-3 poor games, doesn’t matter. Good to see Tripathi do the job at the top. Good thing about Russ is he’s very versatile. He can bat slightly up, slightly down. Our batting is very fluid. I started at three, today I batted at seven. The way those guys batted at the start, they batted very well. Back end I’ve a lot of trust in Sunil and Varun, paid off.
Rahul Tripathi is the man of the match.