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IPL 2018, Match 33-Twitter Reactions: KKR overcome the CSK threat at the Eden

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

It was the battle of the heavyweights as Kolkata Knight Riders took on Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens in the 33rd match of the IPL 2018. CSK, that has been the team of the league so far, couldn’t get the better of the hosts as KKR cruised to a rather comfortable victory.

Batting first after losing the toss, CSK were off to a flier courtesy Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson. The duo added 48 runs for the first wicket and the No.3 batsman Suresh Raina too made a sizeable contribution. At the halfway stage, they had raced off to 90/1 but the hosts struck thrice in a quick succession to drag the game back in their favor.

MS Dhoni, who has been rolling the clock back in the league so far, was at it again and struck some lusty blows at the death. His knock of 43 from 25 balls included 4 sixes and because of his efforts, the visitors ended up at 177/5.

KKR got off to a rollicking start with 2 sixes by Chris Lynn in the first over but Lungi Ngidi saw the back of him in the same over. Sunil Narine played in his usual demeanor and scored 32 from 20 balls. Despite 3 wickets falling inside 7 overs, they had powered their way ahead of the required run rate.

The youngster Shubman Gill rose to the occasion and compiled a crafty half-century. Rinku Singh hung in there for a while but his departure proved to be a blessing in disguise for KKR as the skipper Dinesh Karthik made his way out. Along with Gill, he safely took his team past the line and won the match by 6 wickets with 14 balls to spare.

Match Summary

Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and opted to bowl first

Chennai Super Kings: 177/5 in 20 overs

MS Dhoni 43* (25), Shane Watson 36 (25)

Sunil Narine 20/2 (4), Piyush Chawla 35/2 (4)

Kolkata Knight Riders: 180/4 in 17.4 overs

Shubman Gill 57* (36), Dinesh Karthik 45* (18)

Harbhajan Singh 20/1 (3), KM Asif 32/1 (3)

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 6 wickets

Player of the Match: Sunil Narine

 

Here’s are some of the best tweets that surfaced during the game

 

 

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