At the renowned Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to record their largest victory of the IPL 2023 season. However, it was captain MS Dhoni tactical choices that helped CSK win the chase.
Notably, CSK scored 235 runs in the first inning to achieve the highest total of the current season. The stunning performances by Ajinkya Rahane (71*), Devon Conway (56 runs), and Shivam Dube (50 runs) propelled CSK to a high first-inning total.
Narayan Jagadeesan and Sunil Narine, KKR’s opening pair, were lost in the middle of the chase for a combined total of one run. While Jagadeesan was dismissed in the subsequent over, KKR’s problems persisted as Akash Singh castled Narine to remove his off-stump.
Tushar Deshpande delivered a length delivery that had some movement outside off, where Jagadeesan cut the ball into the air. To send Jagadeesan back to the pavilion, Jadeja ran from deep third man, slid to his knees, and pouched the ball. It’s impressive that the CSK captain was the one who strategically placed the fielder at deep third to bring about Jagadeesan’s termination.
The top of the points chart is CSK.
After the early dismissals, Jason Roy of KKR played out a flawless inning and completely destroyed the opposing bowling attack. To reach 61 points in just 26 balls, the flashy hitter smashed five maximums and as many boundaries.
Despite their best efforts, KKR eventually gave in to pressure as the necessary run rate kept rapidly increasing. The run-fest at Eden Gardens was won by CSK by 49 runs, giving it their largest victory of the year. As a result, MS Dhoni Super Kings, with five victories in seven games and ten points, moved into first place on the points table. On April 27, the yellow team will face the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur with the goal of maintaining their winning streak.