Kolkata Knight Riders faced a heartbreaking defeat in the game against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday, losing a high-scoring thriller by 18 runs. Chasing a 221-run target, the KKR were reduced to 31/5 inside the batting powerplay before the lower-middle order forged a terrific comeback to bring the side back in the game.
KKR’s co-owner Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter to react to the thrilling game in Mumbai.
“Coulda…woulda…shoulda can take a backseat tonight…@KKRiders was quite awesome I feel. ( oops if we can forget the batting power play!!) well done boys…@Russell12A @patcummins30 @DineshKarthik try and make this a habit…we will be back!!” Khan wrote.
Andre Russell (54 off 22 balls; 3×4, 6×6), Pat Cummins (66 not out off 34 balls; 4×4, 6×6) and Dinesh Karthik (40 off 24 balls; 4×4, 2×6) staged a remarkable fight back to take KKR to 201/9 in 19 overs. However, with 20 needed off the last over, last man Prasidh Krishna was run out off the first delivery as Cummins tried to steal a double to retain strike.
CSK’s 220/3 in 20 overs was built on Faf du Plessis‘s unbeaten 95 off 60 balls (9×4, 4×6), and Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 64.
Cummins had earlier taken 30 off a Sam Curran over, while Russell had smacked Shardul Thakur for 24 runs in an over to light up the contest.