Kolkata’s lower order did well to boost the total after its captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bat. Rahul Tripathi top-scored with 45 off 33 but it was Nitish Rana (37 not out off 27) and Dinesh Karthik (26 off 11) which propelled Kolkata’s total in the last three overs.
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was expensive for his figures of 2-40 off four overs but Shardul Thakur (2-20) and Jadeja (1-21) bowled well in the middle overs.
Kolkata is still in contention for the playoffs and is at No. 4 with eight points from 10 matches, the same as fifth-placed Punjab Kings. Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals also have eight points but have played a game less.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is the only team out of contention for the playoffs with one win from its nine games.
Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan drew comparisons between Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja after the Indian all-rounder took CSK to a sensational win.
Ravindra Jadeja scored 22 off 8 balls towards the end and won the game for his side.
“Both sides batted well. Both bowled really well. Can’t fault anything from our side. The second half of the tournament has been a lot of positives for our side. We just have to give ourselves the best chance. [On Prasidh for the 19th over] Sunil takes the responsibility. I hope Dre [Russell] is ok,” Eoin Morgan said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“The whole tournament has an abundance of top-class international cricketers. Some of the local Indian guys haven’t even been capped yet. When Jadeja plays like that, similar to Sam Curran for England, I don’t think there’s a lot to do. [On holding back Varun Chakravarthy. All about matchups. Your bowlers need to bowl well enough to do that,” Morgan added.
Chasing a target of 172, CSK won the game by two wickets in the end.