IPL 2018: 5 Milestones in the first 5 matches of IPL

Marcus Newton
April 12, 2018

If the IPL organisers still harboured some hopes that the Chennai police would protect their matches, that must have quickly evaporated the moment news flashed early Wednesday that Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) chief T. Velmurugan has threatened to let loose snakes in the stadium if the April 20 match is held as per schedule.

Chennai now have two victories after they defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians in their opening match. Due to the owner of the team Shah Rukh Khan, KKR has become very famous throughout the World.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly chose to move the matches scheduled to be held in Chennai's Chepauk Stadium to another venue following the Cauvery protests, ANI reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

The right-handed Russell had a slow start, gathering just 10 runs from his first 11 deliveries before exploding to reaching his 13th T20 half-century of another 15 balls, reaching the landmark with a six over extra cover off seamer Watson in the 18th over. If Dhoni struggled to hit the over-drive button, Russell did it beautifully as Kolkata scored 79 runs off the last five overs to turn a challenging total into a match-winning one.

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Earlier, After Dhoni won the toss and made a decision to put KKR in to bat, KKR started off on a positive note. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn opened the batting while the ball was given to young Rahul Chahar.

KKR lose quick wickets with Uthappa run out by Raina and Rinku Singh being caught by Bravo off Thakurs bowling. After the departure of KKR's vice-captain, skipper Dinesh Karthik (26) got involved in a solid 76-run partnership with Andre Russell (88, SR: 244.44). CSK needed 4 runs off last two balls when Jadeja sealed the deal with a six.

Billings, one of the two changes made by Chennai, blazed 56 off 23 balls to carry Chennai to 205-5 with a ball to spare. We all feel the same. Watson took two wickets highest for CSK in the match. But openers Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu got them to the flawless start possible. MS Dhoni came in instead, leaving Billings to play the finisher's role. But Kolkata finally pulled it back with Tom Curran sending back Watson for a 19-ball 42 as CSK ended the powerplay on 75/1 after 6 overs.

After a promising start, quick wickets spelled trouble for the Knight Riders when they slumped to 5-89 at the halfway point of the innings.

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