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Tahir And Raina’s Brilliant Efforts Helps CSK Claim A Double Over KKR

In the first IPL 2019 game of the blockbuster Sunday, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered a spectacular 5-wicket victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. KKR opener Chris Lynn dictated the terms with a sensational knock in the first half of the game, but his splendid innings was then and itself outweighed by Imran Tahir’s staggering spin bowling spell. Tahir scalped a phenomenal four-wicket haul to restrict the visitors within a modest first innings total.

However, in the run-chase, it was the IPL veteran, Suresh Raina, who stole the show with an amazing half-century knock to announce himself in IPL 2019. The matters did become tensed in the last few overs, but then Ravindra Jadeja came to the forth, smashing a terrific cameo innings to steer CSK towards an emphatic victory.

Lynnsanity and Tahir’s ecstatic celebrations lightens up Chepauk 

CSK skipper MS Dhoni won his fifth toss in a row and once again elected to field first. The KKR opener coming back from flu, Chris Lynn started going berserk from the third over itself, smashing Deepak Chahar for 14 runs off three balls. Lynn was advancing his game with regular boundaries, while his partner, Sunil Narine was struggling to rotate the strike. CSK left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner then ended Narine’s struggles and helped his team with the opening breakthrough. However, even after Narine’s wicket, Lynn continued his outrageous onslaught on the CSK bowlers, racking up a brilliant fifty off just 36 balls.

Amidst Lynn’s assault, KKR lost the wickets of Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana due to the combination of Faf du Plessis’ superb effort in the field and Imran Tahir’s remarkable bowling. Lynn smashed a staggering knock of 82 runs off just 51 balls which included 7 fours and 6 sixes. Even after taking two wickets in his first spell, Tahir came storming back in his second spell, dismissing both the dangerous Lynn and Russell in a single over. In the end, the pace bowling duo of Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar also bowled very well to restrict KKR within a chaseable total of 161 runs.

Chinna Thalla (Suresh Raina) arrives back in form

The two CSK openers, Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson started off things on a blazing note with the former smashing Andre Russell for four crisp boundaries in a row. The KKR trio of Harry Gurney, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla the bowled amazingly well to send both the openers as well as Ambati Rayudu back in the pavilion and in turn reduced the scoring rate as well. Kedar Jadhav came to crease for a brief moment, scoring an entertaining cameo of 20 runs off just 12 balls before falling prey to Chawla in the 12th over and in turn left the onus of the run-chase on Raina’s shoulders.

However, Raina was finally for the first time this season looking in a blossoming mood, striking the KKR bowlers in all parts of the ground. He stroked his half-century of the season and it couldn’t have been a better occasion for him to get back in form. The match did swung ends in the last few overs, but then Ravindra Jadeja blasted a scintillating 31 off just 17 balls to help CSK cross the finishing line safely. Raina remained unbeaten at the other end with a significant 58-run knock to his name.

Brief Scores:

KKR: 161/8 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn-82, Nitish Rana-21; Imran Tahir 4/27, Shardul Thakur 2/18)

CSK: 162/5 in 19.4 overs (Suresh Raina-58*, Ravindra Jadeja-31*; Sunil Narine 2/19)

Result: Chennai Super Kings won the match by 5 wickets.