CSK scored the highest total for IPL 2023. Eden Gardens at Kolkata looked almost like CSK home ground, with most number of people supporting CSK for MS Dhoni. And the team played like they are at their home. KKR elected to field first. Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad gave a huge start for CSK. They scored 235/4 in 20 overs. CSK won the match by 49 runs.
Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad(35) scored 73 runs in 7.3 overs for first wicket. Ajinkya Rahane joined Devon Conway. They kept the runrate at 10.00 per over for CSK. Devon Conway got out after scoring 56 runs from 40 balls. Shivam Dube started hitting without wasting time. Ajinkya Rahane also joined him. Both of them have put on 85 runs for 3rd wicket. Shivam Dube got out after scoring 50 runs from 21 balls. Ajinkya Rahane stayed not out till the end and scored 71 runs off 29 balls. CSK scored highest total at Eden and for this IPL.
KKR lost Sunil Narine and Narayan Jagadeesan early. Venkatesh Iyer(20) and Nitish Rana(27) failed to carry their form in this match. Jason Roy with 3 sixes off Moeen Ali announced his arrival. He got injured, hence did not open. He made even MS Dhoni lose his cool with his batting. He scored 61 runs off 26 balls. CSK found Akash Singh(1/29), Tushar Deshpande(2/43) in the powerplay to swing the ball. Rinku Singh scored 53 runs off 33 balls and tried his best. CSK bowlers Matheesha Pathirana(1/27), Ravindra Jadeja(1/34), Maheesh Theekshana(2/32) did not let KKR batsmen to score freely. KKR managed only 186/8 in 20 overs.
CSK won the match and fans wanted to listen to MS Dhoni. The most successful white ball captain of Indian cricket team ever thanked them. MS Dhoni stated that they wanted to give him a farewell and he is thankful for that. CSK with 5 wins are on top of the table post this match. Ajinkya Rahane won the Player of the Match award for his 71 runs innings.
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