IPL Match number 5, Chennai vs Kolkata was an emotional return for the men in yellow to their fortress MA Chidambaram Stadium and the game certainly lived up to the billing as everyone inside the Chepauk Stadium witnessed one of the best IPL matches of all time with Andre Russell IPL 2018, Shane Watson IPL 2018 and Sam Billings IPL 2018 pulling off a treat for the IPL fans. In the end, it was CSK team 2018 who successfully chased down Kolkata’s score of 202 and won the match with just 1 ball remaining. KKR team 2018 had Andre Russell IPL 2018 to thank for as at one point, they were not even in the contention to reach 170 or 180 but then Russell opened his arms and smashed CSK team 2018 bowlers all over the park. Chennai vs Kolkata match was in for a special finish when Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu IPL 2018 gave CSK team 2018 a smashing start and set the platform for the others to build on their chase. Suresh Raina IPL 2018 and MS Dhoni IPL 2018 campaigns continued on a slow note but it was Sam Billings who made a name for himself and forever found a place in the hearts of CSK fans. IPl 2018 CSK vs KKR could go down as one of the finest games of the IPL 2018 season and here are the 5 talking points from Chepauk Stadium as Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets with only 1 ball remaining.
Andre Russell has still got it
When it comes to six hitting, Andre Russell IPL 2018 was seen as the most feared batsman in world cricket until he was banned from playing the game for 12 months. Since his ban ended earlier this year, Russell found it difficult to replicate his previous six-hitting form. Russell had a torrid Pakistan Super League (PSL) and many were doubting his ability to clear the ground without being on drugs. While KKR team 2018 were certain of keeping Andre Russell IPL 2018 in their squad come what may, it was the perfect innings from Russell to repay the faith KKR team showed in him and what a way to that as well. Russell smashed 11 sixes in his innings of 88 which came in just 36 deliveries. Russell was severe on Dwayne Bravo as Mr DJ went for 50 runs in his and only bowled 3 overs on the day. KKR team 2018 would hope that Russell continues to score big runs for them this season and keep entertaining the fans.
Sam Billings completes this CSK side
CSK team 2018 struggled to find a bridge between their top and middle order in their collapse against Mumbai Indians on the opening day of IPL 2018 and same was feared when they were asked to chase down a mammoth total 202 against Kolkata’s bowling unit. However, Sam Billings who came in place of Kedar Jadhav had other ideas as he played a sensational innings and was the key factor for CSK’s win over Kolkata Knight Riders. It was indeed a talking point from Chepauk Stadium last night Billings scored 23-ball innings of 56 smashing 5 sixes in the process. Sam Billings IPL 2018 played a remarkable innings despite losing Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni in the middle overs and never let Chennai’s required run rate go beyond reach. Seeing Billings tackle KKR’s spin and pace attack with a great deal of ease one has to reckon that Billings will complete CSK’s middle order in the IPL 2018 and will play a key role in Chennai’s IPL campaign this year.
Shane Watson is indeed an IPL great
In terms of all-rounders, Shane Watson has been one of the best ever that IPL has seen. Right from his first season in the IPL with Rajasthan Royals, Watson has been sensational in the IPL and features in top 15 of all-time run getters and wicket takers of IPL history. Watson has the ability to play in the top order as well as carry the innings for their team in the latter overs. Watson has scored 2680 runs and has picked 90 wickets in his stellar IPL career and is currently the main man for Chennai Super Kings in their quest to regain their IPL glory. Speaking of the IPL greats over the years, Watson indeed features in that list and he showed that once again, with a quick-fire innings of 42 in just 19 balls and gave Chennai a rollicking start in their chase scoring 75 runs from the powerplay, getting Shane Watson IPL 2018 campaign ready for rocking performances. Shane Watson IPL 2018 innings set CSK on a great path to chase down their total of 202 which they achieved with other brilliant innings from Sam Billings and cameos from Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Jadeja.
KKR need to shuffle their bowling pack
KKR team 2018 are in dire need of shuffling their bowling unit and getting the best out of a talented squad. For some odd reason, Piyush Chawla IPL 2018 has been opening the bowling for KKR this year and Vinay Kumar IPL 2018 has been tasked of bowling only the first and last over of the KKR bowling setup. Skipper Dinesh Karthik must know the strengths of his bowlers and especially use them in their comfort zone. Vinay Kumar has never been a good death bowler in IPL cricket and his numbers tell the story and it was another sad ending for Vinay Kumar against CSK at Chepauk Stadium as he gave away 17 runs in the last over to hand CSK team 2018 the win. A bowler cannot be asked to come and bowl 2 overs in the match and that too first and last over of the innings. KKR team 2018 need to rethink their bowling strategy and if Vinay Kumar is not the answer to their bowling concerns then Kamlesh Nagarkoti or Shivam Mavi must get some game with Piyush Chawla bowling in the middle overs where he has been mightily effective in the past.
MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina continue to struggle
Yes CSK have won 2 out of their 2 games after coming back to the IPL 2018 but neither of those 2 wins was led by their main men Suresh Raina IPL 2018 or MS Dhoni IPL 2018. Like the Mumbai game, Raina looked in good knick but departed early by scoring 14 runs on 12 deliveries. And as for MS Dhoni, his T20 struggles continued as he once again was responsible for decelerating his team’s run rate when they needed to chase a huge total. In a run-chase of 202, scoring 25 runs in 28 balls in nothing short of a crime and Dhoni was the culprit in the last game. Dhoni must be thankful to Billings, Bravo, and Jadeja who saw the game home for CSK or else, the Thalaiva was in for a stern criticism had CSK lost the game against Kolkata Knight Riders.