Kolkata Knight Riders almost managed a remarkable comeback to follow 221 against Chennai Super Kings, despite losing five counters in Powerplay. However, Pat Cummins – playing an absolute blinder – was left without a beating partner as KKR fell 18 races in the end. After fifty fires by Andre Russell and Pat Cummins and a handy shot by former captain Dinesh Karthik almost saved the team from 31/5 at some point, the question arose as to what could have been for KKR.
However, the team’s co-owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan chose to put this question aside for the night and praise the team’s fighting spirit.
Coulda … woulda … shoulda can take a backseat tonight …@KKRiders It was pretty awesome, I feel. (Oops, if we can forget the fighting power game !!) Good guys …@ Russell12A @ patcummins30 @DineshKarthik try it and make it a habit … we’ll be back !! pic.twitter.com/B1wGBe14n3
– Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 21, 2021
“Coulda … woulda … shoulda can take a backseat tonight …” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday after the match.
“@KKRiders was pretty great, I feel. (Oops, if we can forget the power play of the beat !!),” he added jokingly.
“Guys well … @ Russell12A @ patcummins30 @DineshKarthik try to make this a habit … we’ll be back !!” a conchis el.
After a 95 from Faf du Plessis and half a century for opening colleague Ruturaj Gaikwad helped CSK post 220/3, KKR began its pursuit at the worst possible start.
Deepak Chahar won his second four-counter season of the season, while the top KKR order was thrown out of the water.
Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik then brought the team back from the dead, while Russell destroyed half a century before being hit by Sam Curran. Fighting for form at the start of the season, Russell broke three limits and six sixs, while finishing with 54 leaks in just 22 deliveries.
Dinesh Karthik, who scored 40 of 24 balls, also played an important role, but when he fell in front of Lung Ngidi, he felt that the pursuit was made for KKR.
But Cummins stepped up with the bat and brought KKR back into the game when he scored 30 runs from a Sam Curran over.
However, he eventually ran out of partners and went undefeated in 66 of 34 deliveries. He hit four fours and six sixes while recording the highest IPL score.
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