On Sunday (14th April) evening, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat the home team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). The visiting side won this match by five wickets (with two balls remaining).
After the CSK captain MS Dhoni decided to bowl first, KKR managed to score 161/8 (20 overs) in the first innings. CSK successfully chased down that target in 19.4 overs after losing five wickets.
Brief Scores: KKR – 161/8 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 82, Nitish Rana 21; Imran Tahir 4/27)
CSK – 162/5 in 19.4 overs (Suresh Raina 58*, Ravindra Jadeja 31*; Sunil Narine 2/19)
Result – CSK won by five wickets
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) KKR has never won against CSK when defending a total.
i) After losing three consecutive matches against KKR at Eden Gardens (Kolkata), CSK finally won a match against the home side at this venue. Before this victory, CSK’s last victory against KKR at this venue was on 20th April 2013.
i) Chris Lynn is the third overseas cricketer and ninth overall cricketer to score 1,000+ T20 runs for KKR. The Australian cricketer has scored 1,081 runs for this franchise.
ii) During this match, Chris Lynn scored 82 runs off 51 balls. It is the highest individual score by a KKR batsman against CSK at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). Robin Uthappa was the previous record holder with 80* (30th April 2015).
iii) Chris Lynn hit six sixes during his brilliant innings of 82 runs. It is the second most sixes in an IPL innings by a KKR batsman against CSK. Andre Russell is the record holder with 11 sixes in an innings (at Chennai on 10th April 2018).
iv) By the end of this match, Chris Lynn has hit 53 IPL sixes for KKR. After Andre Russell (95 sixes), Yusuf Pathan (85 sixes) and Robin Uthappa (81 sixes), Chris Lynn becomes the fourth KKR batsman to hit 50+ IPL sixes for this side.
v) Sunil Narine has taken 51 T20 wickets at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). No other bowler has picked up at least 50 T20 wickets at this venue.
i) The leg-spinner Imran Tahir had the bowling figures of 4-0-27-4. It is the second best bowling figures by a visiting bowler against KKR at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). On the other hand, it is also the second best bowling figures by an overseas bowler during a T20 match between KKR and CSK. On both occasions, the record is 4-0-21-4 by Makhaya Ntini (CSK) at Kolkata on 18th May 2008.
ii) Suresh Raina played his 37th 50+ score in IPL career. Only David Warner (43 times 50+ score) and Virat Kohli (40 times 50+ score) are ahead of him in most IPL 50+ scores.