Kedar Jadhav once again disappointed with the bat after Dhoni was cleaned up for 12 by Varun Chakravarthy. While KKR could not cross the finish line, the right-hander will be seeking to contribute with the bat as KKR eye a win against CSK. "In the middle overs there was a phase where they bowled 2-3 good overs".
"The bowlers did a very good job".
The pitch in Sharjah is a batsmen's paradise and both teams cantered past the 200-mark but it's the bowlers who made the difference in a close chase. "That's where we need to adapt better with the bat and I don't think we did that", Dhoni said.
Faf du Plessis has been CSK's most consistent performer in the IPL 2020 and now occupying the second spot in the list of leading run-getters with 282 runs against his name.
The move top of the order worked for KKR as Tripathi scored 23 off the 36 runs that KKR scored in the first four overs.
Kolkata's move to open with Rahul Tripathi in place of Sunil Narine proved key as the batsman smashed 81 off 51 deliveries including eight fours and three sixes. "So it's important to look forward to the next game", Tripathi signed off.
However, KKR brought up their fifty in the sixth over itself, thanks to Tripathi's big hits. Before the medium-pacers got into the act, it was leg-spinner Karn Sharma who initiated the slide with the twin blows of Nitish Rana and Narine.
Rayudu (30 off 27 balls) got out to Nagarkoti after playing a rash shot.
Tripathi, who completed his half-century, was then joined by Eoin Morgan on the field. He was back to his favourite position and delivered immediately.
Shardul Thakur broke the opening stand to give Chennai their first breakthrough.
Watson (50 off 40 balls; 4x6, 6x1) and Rayudu threatened to take the game away on their own at one stage but KKR were up for the fight. Bowlers like Rabada and Bumrah, whose overs their captains particularly save to attack Russell, have got the better of Russell with their pace.
The wheels were coming off for the Knight Riders with dangerman Andre Russell becoming Thakur's second scalp of the night, with Dhoni taking his third catch of the match.
Morgan started with a classical cover drive boundary but Curran cut short the with a bouncer that climbed in and took a faint edge behind the stumps. KKR lost their fifth wicket for 128.
Not known to tweak his side much, Dhoni persisted with Shane Watson and the Aussie veteran finally came to form with an unbeaten 83.