New Delhi. Indian Premier League 2023 is now moving towards its final stage. The group matches are about to end and the picture of the playoffs seems to be getting clear. At present, it seems certain that the table topper two teams will make it to the playoffs. Apart from this, the contender of Kolkata Knight Riders, who won the exciting match on Sunday, has also become stronger. The innings played by Rinku Singh dashed Chennai’s hopes.
In the 61st match of the Indian Premier League, the team of Chennai Super Kings came out against Kolkata Knight Riders to secure the playoff ticket. Here came a twist in the story and by winning the match, Kolkata extended the wait for the playoffs of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team. Batting after winning the toss, Chennai scored 144 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. In response, the Kolkata team, after losing the first 3 quick wickets, made a comeback thanks to the matchless partnership of captain Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh and achieved the target of victory in 18.3 overs after losing 4 wickets.
Another great innings from Rinku Singh
Rinku Singh, who scored 5 consecutive sixes against Gujarat Titans to give a thrilling victory to the Kolkata team, also played a match-winning inning against Chennai Super Kings. Rinku Singh got out after taking Kolkata to a score of 132 runs, losing 3 wickets at the score of 33 runs. This batsman, who played an inning of 54 runs off 43 balls, shared a 99-run partnership with the captain for the fourth wicket. This one inning changed the course of the match.
Kolkata’s playoff hopes alive
The Kolkata team, which was almost out of the playoff race at one point, has now made a comeback. Not only did King Khan’s team win by 6 wickets against the Chennai team, but by achieving the target in 18.3 overs, the Kolkata team reached the seventh position above Punjab Kings in the points table by improving the net run rate. By winning the last match and scoring 14 points, the team can claim to reach the playoffs.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 15, 2023, 05:45 IST