Defending champions Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets in a low scoring match at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai and registered their fifth win in six matches of this IPL season.
Earlier on a slow dry wicket Chennai won the toss and asked Kolkata to bat first and Deepak Chahar gave them a perfect start by removing Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa in his first three overs and reduced Knight Riders to 24/4. After losing so many quick wickets Knight Riders couldn't recover and except Andre Russell, no one could put up a fight. Russell's 50* runs off 44 balls knocks helped Knight Riders to post a small total of 108/9. Deepak Chahar took 3 wickets while Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh picked two wickets each.
In reply, Shane Watson started playing his shots from the first ball and hit two fours and one six in the first two overs but his innings didn't last long and Sunil Narine sent him back to pavilion. Suresh Raina too perished for 14 runs. Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu's 46 runs partnership set the match for their team and in the end, Chennai chased down the target in the 18th over with the loss of three wickets. Faf du Plessis scored 43* runs off 45 balls and Deepak Chahar was named Man of the Match for his 3 wickets haul.
All the major stats and facts from the 23rd match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai :
3 - Andre Russell has scored fifties in each of his last three innings against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
Andre Russell last three innings vs CSK in IPL -
50* (44) at Chennai, 2019
88* (36) at Chennai, 2018
55* (32) at Kolkata, 2015
6 - This was Chennai Super Kings' 6th consecutive win at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai in the IPL. Their last defeat at this venue came against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2015.
20 - Number of dot balls Deepak Chahar bowled in his four overs spell - the most dot balls bowled by a bowler in a match in the IPL.
Most dot balls bowled by a bowler in a match in IPL -
20 - Deepak Chahar (CSK) vs KKR at Chennai, 2019
19 - Ashish Nehra (DD) vs KXIP at Bloemfontein, 2009
19 - Munaf Patel (RR) vs KKR at Durban, 2009
19 - Fidel Edwards (DC) vs KKR at Cape Town, 2009
108/9 - Kolkata Knight Riders' total of 108/9 is the fourth lowest first innings total for a team not getting bowled out in the IPL.
Lowest first innings totals for a team not getting bowled out in IPL -
94/8 - MI vs RR at Jaipur, 2011
99/9 - PW vs KXIP at Pune, 2013
101/9 - RR vs KKR at Durban, 2009
108/9 - KKR vs CSK at Chennai, 2019
128.50 - Andre Russell's batting average in this ongoing IPL season. He has scored 257 runs in 5 innings and his scores read (most recent first) - 50*, 48*, 62, 48 and 49*.