Kolkata Knight Riders won by 6 wickets on Thursday against Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in the Indian Premier League 2018.
KKR started a tough phase of challenging games from Thursday, with CSK as their first opponents of the phase and won easily against the Chennai outfit.
Shubhman Gill slammed an unbeaten half century and Dinesh Karthik supported him perfectly.
Narine won the man of the match for his all round performance with the ball and the bat.
KKR are now third at the points table sitting just below second placed CSK.
# Sunil Narine, Man of the Match: I'll stick to my bowling. Nice to come out with a win. Getting the freedom to play my shots. That's the key. They back me whatever happens. He relies highly on spin. Seamers did the job today. We finished it off. Everyone takes their success differently. I am enjoying my game with good performances.
# Dinesh Karthik: Credit top the franchisee. They picked lot of under-19 players. It's little harsh on him. That boy is special. I picked it up early. Our bowlers are so confident. You need to be pushing boundaries. He is a thorough all-rounder. He bowled the pressure overs. He's a great player to have.
# MS Dhoni: If the wicket remained the same the total was decent, I felt this wicket was on the slower side but you have to hit the seam hard. When you are bowling the slower ball, if you can hit the seam then you can generate variable bounce. In the second half wicket became much better under the lights. The easy way is to compare the two balls after 20 overs. Second ball will be in the better shape. Ball was coming nicely under the lights. Overall disappointing with the loss, we need to do better than this in the bowling department
# Shubman Gill: Obviously I am pleased to have been promoted to number 4 today. We were just talking that we need to rotate the strike in the middle overs, it was crucial to see off the spinners. It was not really to target him (Asif), we played according to the merit - if the balls were there, we just went for it. KKR crowd is the best crowd, they always support us. It has been a really great experience so far and when you are coached by Kallis and Katich, you have so much to learn from them.
# KKR win by 6 wickets. Great stuff by the Kolkata outfit.
# 17.4 Overs: FOUR! DK wins it for KKR
# 17.3 Overs: FOUR! Karthik does it again. KKR 176/4
# 17.1 Overs: FOUR! Karthik smashes the low full toss by Bravo. KKR 169/4
# 16.1 Overs: FOUR! All easy for DK. KKR 159/4
# 15.2 Overs: FOUR! Gill is playing a dream innings. KKR 147/4
# 14.6 Overs: SIX! DK this time slams it. KKR 141/4
# 14.4 Overs: SIX! Rayudu with a stunning effort on the deep but still the ball sails away. KKR 134/4
# 14.1 Overs: SIX! huuuuuuggggeeeee....86 metres! KKR 126/4
# 13.4 Overs: FOUR! Swept away by DK. KKR 118/4
# 12.3 Overs: FOUR! Gill lifts it over the 30 yards circle. KKR 105/4
# 11.4 Overs: OUT! Rinku Singh's innings end here. Rinku Singh b Harbhajan 16(18) KKR 97/4
# After 10 Overs KKR are 90/3
# 6.4 Overs: OUT! Narine departs after his flashy cameo. Narine c Dwayne Bravo b Jadeja 32(20) KKR 64/3
# 5.2 Overs: FOUR! Flicked away in style by Gill. KKR 48/2
# 4.3 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Narine. KKR 44/2
# 4.2 Overs: OUT! Uthappa mistimes it and Bravo takes a good catch. Uthappa c Dwayne Bravo b KM Asif 6(8) KKR 40/2
# 2.6 Overs: FOUR! Gentle push and the Eden outfield does the rest. KKR 32/1
# 2.3 Overs: FOUR! Pulled away by Narine. KKR 27/1
# 2.2 Overs: FOUR! Edged and gone! KKR 23/1
# KKR are 18/1 after 2 Overs. They lost Lynn early in the first over.
# KKR need 178 runs to win!
# 17.5 Overs: Dropped and SIX! Dhoni goes flat. CSK 157/4
# 16.2 Overs: SIX! WOW how flat was that! CSK 137/3
# 15.5 Overs: SIX! Dhoni joins the party. CSK 130/4
# 14.4 Overs: OUT! Cleaned bowled. Rayudu b Narine 21(17) CSK 119/4
# After 14 Overs CSK are 117/3
# 11.4 Overs: OUT! Raina departs, big blow to Chennai. Raina c Johnson b Kuldeep Yadav 31(26) CSK 101/3
# 10.2 Overs: OUT! Watson wanted to hit big but the ball went straight to the fielder at deep. Watson c Shivam Mavi b Narine 36(25) CSK 91/2
# 9.6 Overs: SIX! Watson goes big and clears the boundary. CSK 90/1
# 7.4 Overs: FOUR! Scooped away by Watson. CSK 74/1
# 6.3 Overs: FOUR! Wow that was a stunning shot. CSK 66/1
# 6.2 Overs: FOUR! poor poor delivery by Russell and Raina flicks it for a boundary. CSK 61/1
# 5.4 Overs: FOUR! Raina pulls the short delivery. CSK 56/1
# 5.2 Overs: FOUR! Raina with his special inside out. CSK 52/1
# Raina comes in
# 5.1 Overs: OUT! Piyush Chawla strikes with the googly. Middle stump goes! du Plessis b Chawla 27(15) CSK 48/1
# 4.6 Overs: SIX! Monstrous hit by Watson. Thats huge! CSK 48/0
# 4.4 Overs: SIX! Pulled away by du Plessis for a maximum. CSK 41/0
# 4.2 Overs: FOUR! Whacked away. CSK 34/0
# 3.5 Overs: FOUR! Pulled away by Watson. CSK 29/0
# Narine comes in for the 4th over.
# 2.4 Overs: FOUR! Inside egde and the ball races to the boundary. CSK 23/0
# Shivam Mavi for the 3rd Over
# 1.5 Overs: FOUR! Inside out goes du Plessis, and gets the boundary. CSK 18/0
# 1.3 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away handsomely by du Plessis. CSK 14/0
# 0.5 Overs: FOUR! Edged and raced to the boundary. CSK 9/0
# 0.3 Overs: FOUR! Mistimed but the Eden outfield does the job. CSK 4/0
# du Plessis and Shane Watson are at the crease, Johnson starts with the new ball.
# Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav
# Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, KM Asif
# Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and have opted to field