Kolkata Knight Riders nearly pulled off a spectacular rebound to chase 221 against Chennai Super Kings despite losing five wickets in the Powerplay. However, Pat Cummins – playing complete fatigue – ran out of batting partners as KKR fell 18 runs short in the end. After fiery fifties by Andre Russell and Pat Cummins and a useful knock from former captain Dinesh Karthik saved the team from being 31/5 at one point, it was a question of what could have been for KKR.
However, the team’s co-owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan opted to leave that question aside on the night and praise the team’s fighting spirit.
Could it … should it … should it take a retrospective tonight …@KKRiders pretty amazing I feel. (oops if we can forget the batting power play !!) very good boys …@ Russell12A @ patcummins30 @DineshKarthik try to make this a habit … we’ll be back !! pic.twitter.com/B1wGBe14n3
– Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 21, 2021
“Coulda … woulda … who should take a photo tonight …” he tweeted Wednesday after the showdown.
“@KKRiders was pretty amazing I feel. (Oops if we can forget the batting power play !!),” he added, joking.
“well done boys … @ Russell12A @ patcummins30 @DineshKarthik try to make this a habit … we’ll be back !!” he concluded.
After a 95 by Faf du Plessis and half a century to his opener Ruturaj Gaikwad helped CSK after 220/3, KKR chased them to the worst possible start.
Deepak Chahar kicked off his second four-wicket match of the season as KKR’s top order was blown out of the water.
Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik then brought the team back from the dead, as Russell broke a fast half-century before being bowled by Sam Curran. Battling for form since the start of the season, Russell smashed three boundaries and six sixes as he finished with 54 runs off just 22 deliveries.
Dinesh Karthik, who scored 40 off 24 balls, also played a big role, but when it fell to Ngidi Lung, it felt as though the hunt was being made for KKR.
But Cummins stepped up with the bat, and again brought KKR back in the game when 30 runs off Sam Curran scored over.
However, he eventually ran out of partners, and remained unbeaten on 66 off 34 deliveries. He struck out four fours and six sixes as he registered his highest ever IPL score.
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