A simple win for Mumbai in the end. 57 runs, simple but big. Rohit Sharma is a happy skipper. He salutes the support staff and the owners present in the stadium. There was never really a challenge for them, except Buttler. They braved that, got him and then it was all too easy in the end.
Rituraj Gaikwad (72) was followed by Ravindra Jadeja (31 *) in the final two overs as Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets. Kolkata's team has a seventh defeat in 13 matches and now it has become extremely difficult for them to win the rest of their last match and make it to the playoffs. His net runrate is no better.
After losing the toss and batting first, the Kolkata team got a decent start by Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana. Both scored 52 runs in the first 7 overs. However, in the very next over, Shubman Gill was clean bowled by Karan Sharma with 26 runs off 17 balls. Sunil Narine came out to bat at number 3, but was caught out by Ravindra Jadeja off the ball of Mitchell Santner after scoring 7 runs.
KKR got the third blow in the form of Rinku Singh, who scored 11 runs and was caught by Ambati Rayudu off Ravindra Jadeja. Nitish Rana completed his half-century in 44 balls. Rana was caught by Sam Kurran off Lungi Nagidi playing 87 runs. The team received its fifth blow as captain Eoin Morgan, who scored 15 runs and became the victim of lungi cash. Kolkata's Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten on 21 and Rahul Tripathi scored 3 runs.
Shane Watson and Rituraj Gaikwad opened the innings for the Chennai team to chase down the target. Together they added 44 runs in the powerplay. Varun Chakraborty, bowling brilliantly in the tournament, took the wicket of Shane Watson. Rinku Singh took the wicket of this batsman playing 14 runs off 19 balls.
Rituraj Gaikwad scored a half-century with the help of 4 fours and two sixes off 37 balls. This is his second consecutive half-century in the tournament. He also scored a half-century against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous match. The team's second wicket fell as Ambati Rayudu. He was caught by Sunil Narine off Pat Cummins for 38 runs. For the second consecutive season in the season, Varun Chakraborty bowled Mahendra Singh Dhoni and sent him back.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi