Highlights, IPL 2019, RR vs KKR Match 23: Hello and welcome to our live cricket blog of another exciting encounter of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. This is expected to be a cracker of a contest with both teams loaded with enough firepower and ammunition to lit the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai with some enthralling display. While CSK has been at the top of their game at home, KKR is sitting at the top of the points table with four wins from five games. Although both the teams are equal on points – eight apiece – KKR have a better net run-rate of +1.058 over CSK’s +0.159. CSK will go into the match with a lot of confidence as they defended a modest 160 in their last home fixture against Kings XI Punjab after the visitors looked like running away with the game at one point of time. In the end, it was captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni who showed great leadership skills to pull things back in favour of the defending champions. KKR go into the match after another clinical finish, as they walloped Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in a one-sided contest. (LIVE SCORECARD)
LATEST CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES, CSK vs KKR MATCH 23 in KOLKATA
CSK win by seven wickets and go top of the points table.
23:24 IST: Free Hit, ideal for CSK. FOUR, Du Plessis has played really well in this innings. He would like to carry his bat through. Back to back boundaries, he is running away with it. CSK: 103/3 in 17 overs.
23:19 IST: Du Plessis has looked good. Chennai needs 16 runs in 24 balls.
23:13 IST: DROPPED. Rayudu finds himself lucky. OUT, Chawla gets his revenge as soon as possible. But it seems it is too little too late. FOUR, Kedar of the first ball he faces, no fear at all. CSK: 85/3 in 15 overs.
23:06 IST: CSK is cruising and Rayudu who has not been among the runs has got some today which should help him later in the tournament. This win will also improve CSK’s net run rate. CSK: 76/2 in 14 overs.
22:54 IST: Chennai is cruising, thanks to Rayudu and Faf. this win will take CSK to top of the table where they will be the sole team in the pole position. Chennai needs 36 runs in 42 balls.
22:36 IST: CSK is well on course to 109 as they are 43 for two in seven overs.
22:19 IST: Narine continues… he has a slip in place for Raina. What a catch, Piyush Chawla take a bow! CSK: 35/2 in 5 overs.
22:12 IST: Krishna is keeping it tight, but KKR need wickets. FOUR, Raina flicks it off his legs. CSK: 33/1 in 4 overs.
22:09 IST: Narine come into the attack, FOUR, off his first ball. No stopping Watto tonight. OUT, Watson is gone, Narine picks one. SIX, Raina ends the over with a biggie. CSK making the most of the new ball. CSK: 24/1 in 3 overs.
22:06 IST: Krishna starts from the other end. Kolkata needs all 10 wickets to win, they cannot think 20 overs. Good start from Krishna, three dot balls. CSK: 14/0 in 2 overs.
22:04 IST: The chase begins… FOUR. Watson is off and away. SIX, Watson wants to have an early dinner. CSK: 12/0 in 1 over.
21:40 IST: We are down to the last over and Russell will look to farm as much of the strike as possible. Kolkata set 108, thanks to Russell’s 50*.
21:36 IST: Russell is trying his best, but the timing is missing. KKR: 93/9 in 19 over
21:20 IST: OUT, Krishna departs, KKR falling like nine pins at Chepauk. KKR: 79/9 in 17 over
21:18 IST: Harbhajan to Chawla, out Stumped!! OUT, Kuldeep Run OUT. The wheels are coming off for KKR. Another one goes and Harbhajan picks up his second wicket. KKR: 77/8 in 16 over
21:09 IST: Dhoni’s DRS didn’t work. Imran Tahir did his job. KKR: 75/6 in 15 over
21:03 IST: This partnership looks good. Sir Jadeja saves assured Six. KKR: 70/6 in 14 over
20:57 IST: The team is in the hand of Piyush and Russel. Can Piyush-Russel stitch somethig good? KKR: 63/6 in 13 over
20:55 IST: Russel is in the mood. KKR: 56/6 in 12 over
20:46 IST: Russell is in, he is looking defensive. OUT, Tahir sends Gill packing.
20:40 IST: OUT, Tahir gets DK. Big blow. Look at Tahir’s celebration. He is over the moon. KKR: 44/5 in 8.4 over.
20:36 IST: Kolkata needs to play sensibly without losing any wickets to lay a solid platform for a Russell finish. KKR: 37/4 in 8 over.
20:25 IST: OUT! Chahar removes Robin Uthappa for 11. Another one bites the dust! Uthappa is the man walking back. He falls in the trap here. There was just one man out on the leg side and Uthappa picks him out. Another short one and on middle, Uthappa goes back and looks to pull. He had no intentions to keep it down. He though does not get the distance. Jadhav at deep mid-wicket takes it with ease. Kolkata 24/4 in 4.4 overs vs Chennai
20: 24 IST: FOUR, Uthappa gets width and deals with it in style. Back to back boundaries. Uthappa needs to continue. KKR: 24/3 in 5 over.
20:22 IST: Now it has to be Karthik and Uthappa who have the responsibility of taking Kolkata on track. KKR: 16/3 in 4 over.
20:18 IST: Chahar continues, he had a plan against Lynn and it worked. Nitish Rana joins Uthappa, both the cricketers have got some runs in the league. Kolkata would hope they can get a big partnership. Rana OUT, Rayudu takes a sharp catch. KKR: 8/3 in 3 over.
20:15 IST: Harbhajan get Narine, OUT. It is a big wicket for CSK as Narine has the capability of getting KKR off to great starts. This is a big start for Chennai and they would like to keep it this way. KKR: 8/2 in 2 over.
20:05 IST: WE. ARE. READY… Both teams make their way out to the middle. Narine, Lynn open for KKR. Deepak Chahar starts proceedings. Chahar is starting with inswingers. Kolkata off with a leg bye. FOUR, off a ricochet, the fielder looked to aim at the wicket. It came from Narine’s body and went for a FOUR. OUT, Lynn departs as he is struck on his pads, the umpire raises his finger. KKR: 6/1 in 1 over.
19.45 IST: MS Dhoni says, “We’ll bowl first. We’re getting consistent dew here over the last few days and so, we want to chase. Not much (regarding belief in player match ups). At the end of the day, you need to focus on your own strengths. If some of our bowlers are doing really well and has a good chance of getting a particular batsman out, we might try. We’re playing the same team”.
Dinesh Karthik says, “We would have bowled first as well due to the dew factor. But now that we’re batting first, need to put runs on the board. Yes, the bowlers practice it a lot but it’s not easy at all. We’re unchanged”.
19.35 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI) – Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk/C), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk/C), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
19.30 IST: TOSS – MS Dhoni wins toss as Chennai Super Kings opt to field against Kolkata Knight Riders at Chepauk.
19.25 IST: PITCH REPORT – “The surfaces in Chepauk have turned the most this season among all IPL venues. Looks quite dry with no moisture and the track doesn’t look really hard. A typical pitch in Chepauk with spinners likely to enjoy the track. Can expect scores in the 150-160 range. Better to chase because dew will be a factor later on in the night,” reckons Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.
19.15 IST: WEATHER REPORT – No weather hindrances expected with the temperatures staying in the mid-30s even at night. With clear skies, the dew factor will come into the picture and the teams will prefer chasing.
19.10 IST: Ambati Rayudu’s dismal run prompted the think-tank to open with Faf du Plessis and push the India batsman to No. 4. Things are unlikely to change with the hosts expected to go in with the same side that won against KXIP.
19.08 IST: Russell Blitz!
19.00 IST: Hello and a very warm welcome to our live cricket blog of match 23 between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders from MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Brief Preview: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will be focussing on containing the big-hitting batsman Andre Russell when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match on Tuesday. In a clash between two teams with a battery of quality spinners, a batsman of Russell’s calibre may just prove to be the difference between the two sides.
Both the teams have four wins each and have been in pretty impressive form. Both will be eyeing victory to go at the top of the points table. Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK, which beat Kings XI Punjab here on Saturday rather convincingly, will be wary of the Dinesh Karthik’s KKR. The Knight Riders are also coming off an all-round clinical win over Rajasthan Royals on Sunday night. (READ FULL PREVIEW – MATCH 23)
Chennai Super Kings (From): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk/C), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar.
Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(wk/C), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Lockie Ferguson, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa.