Twitter Reactions: Sam Billings leads CSK’s herculean run chase in Chepauk
Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets.
Published - Apr 11, 2018 12:03 am | Updated - Apr 11, 2018 12:03 am
It was a happy homecoming for the Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk. The returning franchise hosted the Kolkata Knight Riders in their first home game of the season. The Men in Yellow played at the iconic venue in Chennai after two years. Hence, the build up and the buzz around the game was immense. The fans flocked in large numbers and they were treated with a total run feast.
Over 400 runs were scored in the game and the hosts eventually sealed the game. Chasing 202 to win, it was the quick 23-ball 56 from Sam Billings that changed the course of the game. Towards the end, Ravindra Jadeja creamed a six to finish things off in style and complete a 5 wicket win for the Chennai Super Kings.
Earlier in the game, MS Dhoni had won the toss and had opted to field first. His move worked very well for the hosts as the KKR openers could not get going on the day despite brisk starts. The wickets of the middle-order also fell in cluster to reduce the KKR scoreline to just 89/5 at the half way stage in the innings. The onus was on KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik and the overseas recruit Andre Russell to rebuild the innings.
While Karthik played the calm head knock, it was Russell who launched in to the CSK bowling. Russell took his time to settle in before taking the attack to the CSK bowlers. Karthik and Russell added 76 off just 46 deliveries for the sixth wicket before Shane Watson dismissed Karthik in the 18th over on 26 (25). The Russell was not done just yet and he tore apart the bowling figures of Dwayne Bravo, who ended up conceding 50 runs in 3 overs. Russell finished the innings with a six and remained unbeaten on 88 off just 36 deliveries with a four 11 towering maximums.
In the run chase, Chennai Super Kings got off to a flying start with openers, Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu, adding 75 runs in the powerplay. Watson’s quick 42 came off just 19 deliveries. Rayudu aslo scored a brisk 39 of 26 deliveries. Later, MS Dhoni and Sam Billings stitched a handy partnership to take the chase forward. While Dhoni’s 25 took 28 balls, Billings played a whirlwind knock of 56 (23). He was dismissed in the penultimate over and it was down to Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja to cap off the game.
Here is how the fans reacted to the match:
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 10, 2018
https://t.co/WiWzLRcMbY becomes the second worst signing by SRK. First has to be Vinay Kumar
— Kamblian Aakash (@PUNchayatii) April 10, 2018
Chennai Super Kings have now won 96 matches in T20 cricket – the second most by any team. #CSKvKKR
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) April 10, 2018
Vinay Kumar beats Jadeja and Dhoni with one ball to spare as KKR and CSK watch from the sidelines.
— IPHell Analyst (@CricAussieFan) April 10, 2018
Karanataka cant give Cauvery. we will take Vinay Kumar for now
— Dipak Ragav (@dipakragav) April 10, 2018
Most sixes in an IPL match:
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) April 10, 2018
— Bodhisattva Sen Roy (@insenroy) April 10, 2018
Chasing when winning the toss is becoming both more common and more successful. T20 has a problem and may need to consider radical options- teams who loses the toss allowed to make 1 change; or even, perhaps, sealed bids to decide the toss
— Tim (@timwig) April 10, 2018
The trend continues.. !
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 10, 2018
— Arun Venugopal (@scarletrun) April 10, 2018
— Sandipan Banerjee (@im_sandipan) April 10, 2018
Jadeja hitting the winning six… aakhir beta kiska hai#CSKvKKR
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) April 10, 2018
— Dinesh Berry (@CricketSpeaks) April 10, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 10, 2018
#CSKvKKR another exciting finish for CSK !! Superb Win
— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) April 10, 2018
What a thriller… Well done @ChennaiIPL.. Thanks jaddu ??
— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) April 10, 2018
— Brendan Taylor (@BrendanTaylor86) April 10, 2018
— simon hughes (@theanalyst) April 10, 2018
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) April 10, 2018
What a thriller at Chepauk as @ChennaiIPL clinch a nail-biter in front of their home crowd beating @KKRiders by 5 wickets. @sambillings you beauty and what a finish from @imjadeja #VIVOIPL #CSKvKKR pic.twitter.com/cHOomMS3nX
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2018
Once again Dhoni proved, as long as team is winning, you can stay in the team regardless of your performance.
— Swagshank (@zZoker) April 10, 2018
Dinesh Karthik did what any good captain would. Backed his senior bowler but was let down again. Hope at least now @KKRiders look at Nagarkoti or Mavi.
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) April 10, 2018
— Nikhil ? (@CricCrazyNIKS) April 10, 2018
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) April 10, 2018