Ravindra Jadeja in action during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Twitter photo
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Ravindra Jadeja's all-round show helped Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by two wickets in a nail-biting Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) match at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
With a hat-trick of wins in the UAE leg of IPL 2021, Chennai re-gain their top position on the points table, demoting Delhi Capitals to second place.
Chennai won by two wickets as it successfully chased down Kolkata’s 171-6 to reach 172-8 in exactly 20 overs.
In a match full of twists and turns, it was Chennai who came out on top when it mattered the most. Chasing 172, Jadeja smashed 22 runs off eight deliveries and smacking Prasidh Krishna for two sixes and as many fours in the 19th over, after taking 1/21 in four overs.
But West Indies offspinner Sunil Narine (3-41) had Sam Curran caught in the deep off the first ball in the last over and then trapped Jadeja leg before wicket off the fifth delivery when only one run was needed for victory.
Deepak Chahar ensured Chennai won off the final ball as he swept Narine to midwicket as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team went top with 16 points from 10 games.
Earlier, Kolkata's lower order did well to boost the total after its captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bat. Rahul Tripathi top scored with 45 off 33 but it was Nitish Rana (37 not out off 27) and Dinesh Karthik (26 off 11) which propelled Kolkata’s total in the last three overs.
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was expensive for his figures of 2-40 off four overs but Shardul Thakur (2-20) and Jadeja (1-21) bowled well in the middle overs.
Kolkata is still in contention for the playoffs and is at No.4 with eight points from 10 matches, the same as fifth-placed Punjab Kings. Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals also have eight points but have played a game less.
Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed his second consecutive fifty and Ravindra Jadeja hit an 11-ball 31 as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) dented Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) hopes of play-offs’ qualification with a six-wicket victory in Dubai on Thursday.
Dhoni retired from international cricket in 2020 but had stepped down as T20I captain in January 2017. He captained the Indian team in a total of 72 T20Is, winning 41 of these and losing 28.
Punjab and are lying at the sixth spot in the table behind Kolkata and Mumbai Indians, who have 12 points each. Punjab are out of the race virtually but mathematically they can still make it to the play offs.
Namibia reached the Twenty20 World Cup second round for the first time on Friday when they defeated Ireland by eight wickets.World number 19 Namibia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, chased down their modest target of 126 with skipper Gerhard Erasmus making an unbeaten 53.
Fans from both the nations have shown immense interest in watching Sunday's game in Dubai as tickets for the key contest were sold out hours after they went on sale early this month.
Ireland and Namibia face off in a knockout clash of the T20 World Cup with a Super 12 berth at stake in Sharjah on Friday. The match will mark the exit for the loser while winners will punch a ticket for the Super 12, which gets under way on Oct.23.