Ravindra Jadeja hit six of the last two balls of the game to cross the Chennai Super Kings line against Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai on Friday. Incidentally, this victory and the positions of other teams in the points table made Mumbai Indians the first team to qualify for the playoffs. With seven runs needed to win the last two balls, Kamlesh Nagakoti threw two long balls that disappeared into the mid-wicket stand for six when Jadeja finished unbeaten at 31 of 11 balls and helped CSK overhaul KKR’s 172 for 5 with six wickets in hand.
10 runs were needed from the last over when Nagarkoti was entrusted with the ball by KKR captain Eoin Morgan. He kept his nerves for the first four balls, bowling next to the two left-handers at the tuck – Jadeja and Sam Curran – but was mistaken on the last two deliveries.
30 runs were needed from the last two overs after Pat Cummins threw an excellent 18th by allowing only four runs and turning down the inning’s highest scorer, Ruturaj Gaikwad (72 runs on 53 balls).
However, Lockie Ferguson, who along with Varun Chakravarthy had revived the KKR bowling, bowled a no-ball for pitch in the 19th over, and the resulting freestyle disappeared for a six from Jadeja’s bat.
An outer edge of the next ball for four through third men meant there were only 10 points to defend in the last over with Cummins bent out.
Previously, Gaikwad played the anchor for CSK after Shane Watson (14) was fired early. Gaikwad combined with Ambati Rayudu (38) to add 68 runs for the second wicket after adding 50 with Watson to keep CSK in pursuit.
Rayudu and captain MS Dhoni (1) followed each other in quick succession and Curran (13 not out of 14) didn’t seem to have found his trump card in this game, but Jadeja’s sixes left CSK only their fifth victory in the tournament.
KKR made some strange decisions while hitting. Rahul Tripathi, who had some top rank success, was pushed to number 7, while Rinku Singh, who only played his first game this season, was promoted to captain Morgan.
Nonetheless, Nitish Rana shone through the innings with 87 out of just 61 balls with 10 fours and four sixes after KKR lost Shubman Gill (26 of 17) in the eighth.
Narine (7) couldn’t stay long, nor could Rinku (11 of 11), and Captain Morgan, at number 5, only managed 15 of 12.
The mid-order swing meant Dinesh Karthik, who came in at six, had to accelerate to death, and his 21 out of 10 balls brought KKR to 172.
Lungi Ngidi returned 2 for 34 while Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma and Jadeja each returned a wicket for CSK.
For KKR, Cummins and Chakravarthy each took up two wickets.
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