Read Also: If IPl is thrown out of Chennai, Vishakhapatnam is "happy to host " While reacting to reports on shifting all IPL matches out of Chennai, the outfits, which took to the streets against CSK-KKR match, claimed victory on Wednesday. He was adjudged the Man of the Match for his knock of 56 in 23 balls which included 5 sixes. Reflecting on his performance, the 29-year-old all-rounder revealed that the one-year ban handed to him last season has helped him regain his confidence and assist him to emerge as a different person. MS Dhoni came in instead, leaving Billings to play the finisher's role.
Yesterday, thousands of activists descended on Anna Salai, the arterial road near the Chepauk Stadium, asking fans to boycott the cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. The match witnessed some great hittings from the bat of Russell and Billings and Chennai managed to outshine KKR by 5 wickets in the last over of the match.
Later, Watson and Rayudu started to chase for CSK where openers added 75 runs and made the base strong.
Lynn, who flopped in the first game, hit four fours but never looked fluent, finally going for a wild leg-side heave and losing his stumps off Jadeja's bowling. Billings in particular lead from the front with a stupendous half-century to keep the game alive. Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu have taken the attack to the opposition and have target Piyush Chawla in particular.
He thumped a pair of sixes in one over from Bravo which leaked 19 runs and in the penultimate over, again took his wrath out on his Windies teammate with three consecutive sixes as the over went for 21. Suresh Raina, another local favourite, was struggling with cramps and ultimately dragged a catch to long-on for 14 off 12 balls. His 105-metre six is the biggest of IPL 2018. 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).
Suresh Raina then set the Chepauk alight with a brilliant fielding effort followed by a direct hit which saw the unsafe looking Robin Uthappa (29) walk back to the pavilion. Vinay Kumar then somehow restricted the next four balls to singles - including one wide - to leave Bravo furious that his batting partner Ravindra Jadeja wasn't running hard to get the West Indian back on strike.
The Board is now assessing other cities to stage CSK's home games.