Sam fits the Billing

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Apr 2018 11:57:00




HEROES changed, not the result!After completing a thrilling win over Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener thanks to hurricane knock by Dwayne Bravo, Chennai Super Kings repeated the feat at home with another exciting win over Kolkata Riders at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, here Tuesday night.In a high-scoring thriller, the hosts were left to chase Kolkata’s 202. First the openers Shane Watson (42; 19b, 3x4, 3x6) and Ambati Rayudu (39; 26b, 3x4, 2x6) responded well and then Sam Billings (56; 23b, 2x4, 5x6) took them to the threshold of a win. The job was still not done as 17 were required off the last over bowled by R Vinay Kumar. A tense Vinay started with a no-ball that was whacked away for a six by Bravo. With four required from the last two balls, Ravindra Jadeja hit a soaring six to seal the issue.
Earlier, Andre Russell hit an incredible 11 sixes in his 36-ball-88 as Kolkata Knight Riders scored a competitive 202 for six.

In one of the finest counter-attacking innings in recent editions of IPL, Russell came in at 89 for 5 and then took the bowling apart with as many as seven sixes being hit off West Indies team-mate Dwayne Bravo, including three in an over.Russell was involved in a half-century partnership with skipper Dinesh Karthick (26) as KKR went onto post a good total.CSK captain MS Dhoni’s strategy to use his slow bowlers in the initial stages on a surface aiding spin worked well but Russell had other ideas as he attacked the pacers including Shardul Thakur (1/37 in 4 overs) and Bravo (0/50 in 3 overs).Bravo, who was frugal against Mumbai Indians in the first game, was taken for 50 runs in three overs with Russell hammering him all over the park, sending two balls out of the stadium.

Earlier, Sunil Narine got off to a flying start as he did in the game against RCB and smote Deepak Chahar for two big sixers on the leg-side in the first over of the match.
However, he fell off the first ball he faced from the experienced Harbhajan Singh (1/11 in 2 overs) in the second over, going for a big hit to be caught by Suresh Raina.Chris Lynn, the dangerman, appeared to be getting into his groove and had hit four boundaries, before being castled by Ravindra Jadeja for 22.Nitish Rana underlined his potential in his brief knock of 16 before an edge lobbed up to Dhoni. Robin Uthappa, who appeared in good touch, hitting three sixes in his 16-ball-29 was run-out as Raina’s throw caught him short of his ground.The talented young Rinku Singh didn’t last long and fell to Shardul Thakur to leave KKR in a spot of bother at 89 for 5 in 10 overs.