The 5th match of IPL 2018, between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings, began with KKR batting first. While Chennai Super Kings began striking occasionally, removing settled players like Lynn (22) and Uthappa (29), Rana and Skipper Dinesh Karthik(26) in regular intervals, at one point, leaving KKR reeling at 89/5. And that was when entered a storm as it set the ground on fire.
It was none other than windies player Andre Russell, who came in and launched a merciless onslaught, as he thrashed bowlers all over the park, smashing thunderous, massive sixers on all zones, clearing the ropes with effortless ease, and while at one point it looked like anything around 150 was the only possibility, Russell's heroics and his blitzkrieg of an unbeaten 88(36b, 1x4, 11x6), propelled KKR to a massive 202/6 in 20 overs.
The Chennai Super Kings began their reply on a strong note, as openers Watson(43, 19b,3x4,3x6) and Rayudu (39), started smashing KKR before the first wicket fell with 75 runs on board. With the departure of Raina and Dhoni (25), who flattered to deceive, it was Billings, who instilled some confidence in the minds of CSK fans, as he turned out to be a surprise marauder, and went on a rampage, scoring a quickfire 56(23b, 2x4,5x6).
He departed in an unexpected manner, and that was when last match's hero Dwayne Bravo joined hands with Jadeja, and the duo scored a six each, and sealed the match in CSK's favor, winning by 5 wickets and a ball remaining, making it their second win in as many matches.
#RCBvCSK - Dhoni proves once again he is the ONLY CAPTAIN COOL... Sorry Rohit...!!! The 24th match in Vivo IPL 2018, between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, began with the RCB batting first. While Skipper Kohli exited early, opener Quinton De Kock went on to score some classy shots, with the ever-dependable Ab De Villiers for the company. As they forged a partnership, the RCB was placed comfortably, gaining an early advantage over CSK.
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