Chennai could lose IPL matches amid water crisis

Mayank Makrande Mumbai

Mayank Makrande Mumbai

Bengal cricketer Manoj Tiwary jumped into the defence of fast bowler Vinay Kumar, who has been brutally trolled on social media and slammed by critics after his poor performance against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday.

Chennai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly made a decision to move the matches scheduled to be held in Chennai's Chepauk Stadium to another venue following the Cauvery protests, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday, citing sources. The threat of more protests prompted police to step up security for the cricketers, including during their journey to the stadium.

The beefed-up security and heavy traffic around the ground caused the match officials to arrive late.

West Indian showman Andre Russell has been going through a rough patch over the past one year with doping ban and then injury concerns leading into the IPL. Not a ball bowled yet, but almost all the stands were filled up.

Massive protests were witnessed on Tuesday ahead of the match between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders and an identified protestor flung a shoe at CSK's Ravindra Jadeja during the match. It was Sam Billing's knock of 56 runs off 23 balls that took CSK home.

Familiar chants of "Gumthalakadi gala gala gala ooh aah ooh aah". He faced only 36 balls where he made eleven 6's and one 4. The CSK faithful was twitchy.

Chennai played the tournament-opener versus defending champions, Mumbai Indians, at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

Shane Watson, however, gave the crowd hope with three successive boundaries in the first over of the chase.

As the MA Chidambaram Stadium hosts its first IPL tie since May 2015, the boycott call drew huge supporters. Every run drew a cheer. Suresh Raina (14 off 12) failed to rise to the occasion as he has over the years. A six each from Bravo and Jadeja provided CSK a win with one ball to spare.

However, lauding the Super Kings for their brilliant run chase, the Knight Riders captain urged his players to keep their chin up and look forward to getting things right from the next game onwards. But soon, KKR were down to 89/5 and they were left with Karthik and Russell at the crease.

The Top Billings: With 51 runs required from the final 24 balls and the game in the balance, it wasn't the flawless time for the set MS Dhoni to depart, but when he edged out it was left to Sam Billings to complete the mammoth run chase and he did just that.

As Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo started the celebrations, Vinay Kumar stood distraught trying to come to terms with what has just transpired.

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