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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won their second successive game in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the team chased down 204 runs on Tuesday.
Sam Billings played a little gem as Chennai Super Kings once again pulled off a thrilling chase beating Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets in Chennai.
Englishman Billings set up the innings nicely with a magnificent 56 off 23 balls that five huge sixes apart from a couple of boundaries.
Earlier, KKR had to rely on Andre Russell’s heroics who blasted 11 sixes in his 36-ball-88 runs after KKR were left struggling at 89 for 5. Russell was involved in a 76-run sixth wicket partnership with skipper Dinesh Karthik (26) as KKR went onto post a good total. In fact, the last five overs yielded 79 runs that got KKR back into the match.
Chasing a target of 203 needed a blazing start and veteran Shane Watson was up for a challenge, hitting 42 off 19 balls with three fours and an equal number of sixes in a 75-run opening stand with Ambati Rayudu (39 off 26 balls). Tom Curran making his IPL debut got rid of Watson with a short ball and Rayudu was accounted by Kuldeep Yadav as he tried an inside-out shot.
The subsequent two batsmen, captain MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina appeared to be labouring to get their teams back on track but instead crumbled under the pressure.
However, Sam Billings with the help of Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo managed to win another exciting game for their side as the CSK who is returning after a two year forced hiatus, made two wins out of two.
What a thriller at Chepauk as @ChennaiIPL clinch a nail-biter in front of their home crowd beating @KKRiders by 5 wickets. @sambillings you beauty and what a finish from @imjadeja #VIVOIPL #CSKvKKR pic.twitter.com/cHOomMS3nX— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2018
They face Kings XI Punjab on April 15.