Du Plessis powers Chennai to crucial IPL win


23 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

South African veteran Faf du Plessis hit an unbeaten 95 as three-time champions Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs to go top of the standings with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.

Du Plessis shared an opening stand of 115 with Ruturaj Gaikwad who hit four sixes and six fours in his 64 at the start of what Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan called "a hell of a game of cricket".

Chennai's 220 for three looked formidable, especially as Kolkata lost opener Shubman Gill first ball and slumped to 31 for five with seamer Deepak Chahar claiming four victims.

But Andre Russell hit 54 in 22 balls, including six sixes and Dinesh Karthik made 40 off 24 and Kolkata were back in the game.

Pat Cummins laid on an explosive tail end finale, making 50 off 23 balls but they were bowled out for 202 in 19.1 overs to concede their third consecutive defeat.