Recent Match Report – Super Kings vs KKR 61st Match 2023

Knight Riders of Kolkata 147 for 4 (Rana 57*, Rinku 54, Chahar 3-27) count Super kings of Chennai 144 for 6 (Dube 48*, Conway 30, Narine 2-15, Varun 2-36) with six wickets

Kolkata Knight Riders tripped Chennai Super Kings in their final home game of the league season, beating and beating them on a tricky Chepauk pitch to stay in contention for the playoffs. CSK would have become the first team to clinch a playoff spot had they won; they are still in a good position to continue, but this defeat may have hurt their chances of a top-two finish.

KKR’s mysterious spinners played a huge part in limiting CSK to 144 for 6, with Varun Chakravarthy continuing his excellent season and Sunil Narine returning to wicket-taking ways after winning just one in his last eight matches. KKR were always favorites from there, especially with the arrival of dew, but they kept the match interesting by losing three wickets in the power play before Rinku Singh and Nitish Rana put them back on top with a 99-run fourth wicket lead.

KKR eventually won with nine balls to spare. They might have hoped for a more comprehensive win, but Rinku and Rana had little choice but to put NRR considerations on the back burner after KKR lost three early wickets.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo