Kolkata Knight Riders secured a six-wicket victory against the Chennai Super Kings, keeping their hopes alive for a playoff spot. Unfortunately, the defeat meant that Chennai missed the opportunity to be the first team to reach the playoffs.
Chennai must now win their final game or depend on the outcomes of other teams. Winning the toss in this match, Chennai set a target of 145 runs, which Kolkata chased down with a loss of four wickets.
Chennai had scored 144 runs for six wickets in their innings. In reply, Kolkata reached the target of 147 runs in 18.3 overs after losing four wickets. Shivam Dube scored the highest 48 runs for Chennai, while for Kolkata, captain Nitish Rana scored 57 and Rinku Singh scored 54 runs.
With this win, Kolkata has strengthened their position in the race for the playoffs. Chennai had the opportunity to secure their place in the playoffs with a win, but they failed. Now, Chennai will have to win their final match or depend on the results of the other teams to reach the playoffs.
But, Twitterati were full of praise for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) duo Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh, who played fabulously after KKR were 3 wickets down for 33 runs in the powerplay.
After 4004 days, KKR beat CSK at Chepauk 🏟️
Worth the wait 👌
📸: IPL/BCCI#IPL2023 | #CSKvKKR | #IPL pic.twitter.com/76flYwpODo— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) May 14, 2023Advertisement
Rinku Singh made CSK crowd go silent at Chepauk 💉— KKR Bhakt 🇮🇳 ™ (@KKRSince2011) May 14, 2023
Brilliant half century from King while coming to bat at 33-3🦁 pic.twitter.com/WK99HxN05v
Batted 39 overs together in IPL and scored 362 with an average of 60.33 and 5 60+ partnership in 7 Innings.— KKR Bhakt 🇮🇳 ™ (@KKRSince2011) May 14, 2023
Rinku Singh – Nitish Rana partnership is at different level💜 pic.twitter.com/JTvh3nVDAK
KKR ARE STILL ALIVE IN IPL 2023.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 14, 2023
What a run chase in Chepauk, led by Rana & Rinku when Kolkata was 33 for 3. pic.twitter.com/heFpiUObaB
You can Troll him you can abuse him— Ashish Shrivastava (@ashishayush1177) May 14, 2023
But he know how to handle the trolls
Nitish Rana 💜 pic.twitter.com/M9RvSUjsKo
After 2012 we have defeated Csk today at Chepauk— Ashish Shrivastava (@ashishayush1177) May 14, 2023
Gambhir and Rana 💜 pic.twitter.com/ubu2n4B2RN