IPL 2018, Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, highlights: Dhoni 79* in vain, CSK lose by 4 runs to KXIP
Get highlights of the IPL 2018 clash between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) here. Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai Super Kings by four runs.cricket Updated: Apr 16, 2018 00:04 IST
MS Dhoni held the key as he blasted 79* but it went in vain as Chennai Super Kings lost by four runs to Kings XI Punjab in a thriller at Mohali. Chennai Super Kings did not recover from the loss of early wickets and it took a solid stand between Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni to keep Chennai Super Kings in the hunt. Earlier, Chris Gayle’s brilliant 63 and some solid hitting from KL Rahul and Karun Nair helped Kings XI punjab to 197/7. Get highlights of Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2018, here. (RCB vs RR BLOG)(KXIP vs CSK SCORE) (KXIP vs CSK STREAMING)
00:04 hrs IST: That is all from us here. Join us tomorrow for the game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils tomorrow.
00:03 hrs IST: Chris Gayle, Man of the Match: I got a text this morning that I would be playing. I am very happy that I have got off to a winning start. I am feeling like 25, the Universe Boss is back.
23:59 hrs IST: Ashwin: I felt there was a lot of dew, but overall the bowling went well. It was crucial to get Rayudu at that point of the game.
23:56 hrs IST: MS Dhoni: Chris innings in the first innings and Mujeeb’s bowling made a difference. It was a close game . We will be a safe fielding team and not be an exceptional one. We have to be smart while bowling. We want to keep cutting boundaries here and there and that can make a difference. All the games we have been part of were close so individuals would have learnt from that.
23:48 hrs IST: Dhoni blasts a four and a six but it is not enough as CSK lose by four runs to KXIP. Brave effort from the skipper but in the end, KXIP hold their nerve to seal a thrilling win.
23:39 hrs IST: Another massive six and CSK need 17 off 6. Yet another humdinger. Mohit Sharma to bowl the last over.
23:36 hrs IST: SIX -He has blasted that over deep mid wicket and then upper-cuts a short ball over short third man for a boundary.
23:34 hrs IST: WICKET - Andrew Tye bowls another full ball outside off, Jadeja slices the lofted drive and Ashwin takes a high catch at long off. Ravindra Jadeja c Ashwin b Tye 19 (13).
23:33 hrs IST: A six by Dhoni and then he brings up his 18th fifty. Jadeja blasts a six and 19 runs come off Mohit Sharma’s over. CSK need 36 off 12.
23:24 hrs IST: Dhoni pummels a full ball down the ground as he nears a fifty but it is looking mission impossible for CSK.
23:20 hrs IST: Dhoni is getting another massage from the physio. 67 off 24 is not an impossible task but Mohali is a different proposition than Chepauk or Wankhede.
23:12 hrs IST: The asking rate is now 15. CSK are facing an uphill battle
23:10 hrs IST: SIX - Dhoni at his best. Seizes up to a full and flat legbreak from Ashwin and he mauls it over deep mid wicket. He needs many more of these.
23:06 hrs IST: WICKET - Uphill task for CSK now. Fantastic fielding from Ashwin at extra cover as Rayudu misses a fifty and is run-out for 49. A huge setback. The batsman had driven hard to extra cover but Dhoni is possibly struggling with a lower back issue. Ambati Rayudu run-out (Ashwin) 49 (35).
23:01 hrs IST: Another great over from Ashwin. Just six runs and CSK need 91 off 42 balls.
22:59 hrs IST: Dhoni is getting some treatment for his lower back. Can he hang in? CSK’s asking rate is over 12.
22:55 hrs IST: The partnership between Dhoni and Rayudu is nearing 50. Can CSK pull it off again?
22:49 hrs IST: Rayudu finds a boundary to the third man fence. The partnership between Dhoni and Rayudu holds the key in the chase.
22:41 hrs IST: Brilliant stuff this from Dhoni. The quicker legbreak outside off, Dhoni hangs back and late cuts it past backward point for a classy boundary. Chennai Super Kings need 117 off 66 balls.
22:38 hrs IST: Dhoni gets going with a strong cut off Yuvraj Singh to deep backward point. Rayudu latches on to a full legbreak from Ashwin to clatter it to the deep mid wicket fence.
22:32 hrs IST: WICKET - Brilliant review from Ashwin. He was confident that there was no bat. Flighted ball on off and middle stump, Billings moves to the off side and attempts the sweep, the umpire signals it as runs but KXIP take the review, replays show no bat and Ashwin gets the big wicket of Billings. Sam Billings LBW Ashwin 9 (8).
22:26 hrs IST: FOUR! Billing directs Mujjeb to fine leg for a fine four. CSK 53/2 in 6 overs.
22:23 hrs IST: Sam Billings is the new batsman at the crease. CSK 46/2 in 5 overs
22:20 hrs IST: OUT! Vijay c Barinder b Andrew Tye 12(10) [6s-1] CSK 39/2 (4.1 Ovs)
That is a big blow! Both CSK openers are back in the dug out. Tye used the knuckle ball as Vijay came down the pitch but his shot is not powerful enough. Sran takes an easy catch at mid-off.
22:14 hrs IST: Mohit Sharma continues from the other end. He has been dealt with a classy four at long-on by Ambati Rayudu
22:11 hrs IST: Brilliant over! Vijay releases the pressure after Watson’s departure. He goes after Barinder Sran. First, Vijay drives through mid-off and then hits a big six! CSK 31/1 in 3 overs
22:07 hrs IST: OUT! Watson c Barinder b Mohit Sharma 11(9) [4s-2] CSK 17/1 (2.1 Ovs)
The slower one does the damage to Watson. He tries to sweep but is caught at short-fine leg. KXIP would be loving it.
22:05 hrs IST: Is this early signs of the things to come? Watson fires a couple of fours against Mohit Sharma.
22:00 hrs IST: Chennai Super Kings have started well in the first over. Nine runs with Barinder Sran struggling for control
21:45 hrs IST: Kings XI Punjab have ended on 197/7 after 20 overs. Once again, Chennai Super Kings have to chase a big total. Can they be third time lucky?
21:37 hrs IST: WICKET - Dwayne Bravo gets Karun Nair as he mistimes a lofted shot off a slower ball to long on. Can CSK restrict KXIP to under 200?
21:32 hrs IST: WICKET - Ashwin hits a six but is out next ball. Short ball and Ashwin makes room to pull it but gets an edge to Dhoni. Ashwin c Dhoni b Thakur 14 (11).
21:27 hrs IST: Karun Nair gets KXIP’s run-rate over 10. He blasts a full toss over deep mid wicket and Jadeja palms it over the fence while he glances a full ball to fine leg.
21:23 hrs IST: No boundaries have been hit in the last 14 balls. Chennai Super Kings have ensured that the run-rate has come down to under 10 for the first time in this innings.
21:17 hrs IST: WICKET - CSK are fighting back here. Short ball angled in just outside off, Yuvraj looks to ramp it over third man but ends up getting an edge to Dhoni. Yuvraj Singh c Dhoni b Shardul 20 (13).
21:16 hrs IST: Hat-trick avoided and Karun Nair gets off the mark with a whippy flick to deep mid wicket. Can CSK keep KXIP down to under 200? That would be an achievement.
21:12 hrs IST: WICKET - Back-to-back golden ducks for Aaron Finch. The googly from Tahir, Finch plays down the wrong line and gets hit on the front pad, CSK appeal but the umpire does not give it, CSK review and the ball shows it to be hitting off stump. Aaron Finch LBW Tahir 0 (1).
21:11 hrs IST: WICKET - Mistimed loft from Mayank Agarwal and Chennai Super Kings fightback. Imran Tahir floats the legbreak on off stump and Agarwal miscues the lofted shot to be caught at long on. Mayank Agarwal c Ravindra Jadeja b Imran Tahir 30 (19).
21:08 hrs IST: Lovely yorker from Bravo but Yuvraj Singh digs it out and finds the third man boundary. Kings XI Punjab are still scoring at over 10 runs an over.
21:01 hrs IST: Yuvraj Singh gets going with a massive six off Tahir. It was in the slot and he lofted it over long on.
20:56 hrs IST: WICKET - Massive moment in the game. Short and slow ball on leg stump, Gayle looks to help the pull to fine leg but gets a top edge that is taken at short fine leg. Chris Gayle c Tahir b Watson 63 (33).
20:52 hrs IST: Good first over from Dwayne Bravo as he concedes just five runs.
20:48 hrs IST: Mayank Agarwal has got the Chris Gayle syndrome now. Lifts Harbhajan’s flighted delivery over long off and cracks a square cut to the deep backward point fence.
20:44 hrs IST: Good couple of overs for CSK but Kings XI Punjab still have a run-rate of over 11. Gayle is still at the crease and he is looking to score big.
20:38 hrs IST: WICKET - Finally, CSK have the wicket. Floated up full and slow outside off, Rahul drives it to cover where Dwayne Bravo times his leap to perfection and takes a good catch. KL Rahul c Dwayne Bravo b Harbhajan 37 (22).
20:33 hrs IST: The runs continue to flow. Rahul cracks a four to deep backward point but Gayle notches up his 22nd fifty and carries on by blasting a flighted ball from Tahir straight down the ground. Kings XI Punjab are absolutely dominating Chennai Super Kings.
20:30 hrs IST: Deepak Chahar is on the receiving end of some murderous hitting from Gayle. Length ball is deposited over deep mid wicket, two fours to long leg and long off while yet another six is being hit over long off. 22 runs in the sixth over and Kings XI Punjab has ended the powerplay stage on 75/0.
20:23 hrs IST: The fifty-run opening stand is up between Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. The left-hander notches it up with a four to wide long on. Chennai Super Kings are unable to stem the flow of runs.
20:20 hrs IST: Edged but safe! Gayle drives a full ball outside off and the edge flies between Dhoni and Shane Watson.
20:18 hrs IST: 4,6,4. Chris Gayle makes Mohali dance to his tunes by cracking a cut shot past cover and launching Harbhajan over wide long off. Rahul thumps a full toss to the deep extra cover fence. Great start for Kings XI Punjab.
20:15 hrs IST: Poor ball from Chahar. Short ball and on leg stump, Rahul swivels and pulls it to the long leg fence for his third boundary.
20:10 hrs IST: Right for the first time in KXIP vs CSK history, it will be Gayle vs Harbhajan. The Bradman of Twenty20 gets going with a nicely laced four through cover. After two overs, Kings XI Punjab are 15/0.
20:05 hrs IST: After getting some treatment, Rahul gets going with another boundary, this time a proper front foot drive through cover.
20:04 hrs IST: Deepak Chahar is into the attack and he gets greeted with an inside out drive over extra cover. But, the bowler responds with a short ball which hurries onto Rahul who misses the pull and is hit on the ribs.
19:40 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs for both sides.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni(w/c), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
19:38 hrs IST: Murali Vijay replaces Suresh Raina in the Chennai Super Kings side while Chris Gayle will play for the first time in Kings XI Punjab colours.
19:32 hrs IST: Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and chosen to bowl against Kings XI Punjab.
19:25 hrs IST: Over in Bangalore, Royal Challengers Bangalore have put on a good show but they will be falling short against Rajasthan Royals. Virat Kohli scored a fifty but it was not enough.
19:22 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the game between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings from Mohali. It will be a strange battle. R Ashwin, who was omnipresent in CSK colours ever since 2008, now finds himself on the opposite end of the fence as he prepares to face his former side.
CSK have enough depth in their batting line-up with the likes of Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Billings and Bravo.
On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman has surprised the batsmen with his deliveries and will once again try to exploit the home conditions. The hosts boast of a solid bowling line-up with the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Mujeeb, Axar Patel and Andrew Tye.
First Published: Apr 15, 2018 16:58 IST