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Chennai beat Kolkata to go top of the IPL table

Faf du Plessis plays a shot
Faf du Plessis plays a shot

Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) moved to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) table with an 18-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Chennai made 220 for three from their 20 overs with Faf du Plessis making an unbeaten 95 and Ruturaj Gaikwad 64.

Kolkata slumped to 31 for five, with Deepak Chahar taking four for 29 from four overs.

They recovered to leave 28 needed from two overs, with Andre Russell making a 21-ball 50, Dinesh Karthik 40 and Pat Cummins 66 not out but Chennai hung on.

Chennai, who began the tournament with a defeat before back-to-back victories, started well with Du Plessis and Gaikwad sharing 115 for the first wicket.

Gaikwad was under pressure after scoring just 20 in his first three innings but the pair played with freedom and hit 15 fours and eight sixes between them.

There were also useful contributions from Moeen Ali, who scored 25 off 12 balls, M. S. Dhoni who struck an eight-ball 17 while Ravindra Jadeja hit his only ball for six.

Varun Chakravarthy was the pick of the KKR bowlers taking one for 27 from his four overs but the rest struggled with Australia quick Cummins recording the worst bowling figures in this season’s tournament in going for 58 in four wicketless overs.

Chahar found plenty of swing movement - both in and out - to remove Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Morgan and Sunil Narine before Russell combined with Karthik to put on 81 and drag KKR back into the game.

Chief scores

Chennai Super Kings: 220/3 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 95, Ruturaj Gaikwad 64)

Kolkata Knight Riders: 202 in 19.1 overs (Pat Cummins 66 n.o, Andre Russell 54, Deepak Chahar 4/29, Lungi Ngidi 3/28). (BBC)