Aussie Pat Cummins has lit up the Indian Premier League but the Kolkata Knight Riders fell short of achieving one of the greatest run chases of all time.
Chennai posted an imposing 3-220 with Faf du Plessis smashing 95 not out off 60 balls and Ruturaj Gaikwad (64) making his first half-century this season.
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Cummins came in at No.8 and produced some great hitting to blast an unbeaten 66 off 34 balls.
The Aussie was even able to smack 30 runs off a Sam Curran over to give Kolkata a glimmer of hope in their remarkable run chase.
But Cummins ran out of partners as Kolkata were bowled out for 202 with five balls to spare in a high-scoring thriller.
Despite falling short, fans were quick to praise Cummins for the 'carnage' created during the match.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 21, 2021
So near yet so far. That was an incredible innings from Pat Cummins. Could have been the greatest ever IPL chase. But to get from 31 for 5 to 202, @KKRiders can be very proud. Congratulations to @ChennaiIPL on the win. They are on a roll. #CSKvsKKR pic.twitter.com/miAqq1Fwb6
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) April 21, 2021
— UrMiL07™ (@urmilpatel30) April 21, 2021
Feel for Pat Cummins, Dinesh Karthik & Russell. KKR was 31 for 5 while chasing 221 then lost by just 18 runs. This fightback makes the IPL unpredictable. The best league in the world.#KKRvCSK
— Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) April 21, 2021
Andre Russell and Pat Cummins 🔥🙌🙌
— Navin jaitapkar (@navinjaitapkar) April 21, 2021
Cummins was helped after Andre Russell also teed-off on Chennai, before falling short.
Warner notches first IPL win of season
David Warner had captained his side to three straight defeats and was relieved to play a significant role with the bat in Hyderabad's comfortable victory with an over and two balls to spare.
Chasing only 121 to win after fine work by his bowlers, Warner helped his English opening colleague Jonny Bairstow in a 73-run opening stand which broke the back of the pursuit.
Punjab had folded for 120 in 19.4 overs after captain Lokesh Rahul won the toss and elected to bat.
"It was very pleasing," said Warner. "The bowlers did a fantastic job to reduce them."
Bairstow's unbeaten 63 off 56 balls ensured Hyderabad didn't face another run-chasing hiccup as they ended up cruising to 1-121 in 18.4 overs.
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