CSK vs PBKS Highlights, IPL 2021: KL Rahul hits unbeaten 98 as Punjab Kings steamroll Chennai Super Kings to stay alive

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IPL 2021 Highlights, CSK vs PBKS: KL Rahul registered the 27th half-century of his IPL career and remained unbeaten on 98 off 42 balls as Punjab Kings kept their chances of advancing to the Playoffs alive with a six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings. Rahul smashes 7 fours and 8 sixes and along with Mayank Agarwal, got PBKS off the blocks putting on 46 in 4.3 overs. However, Shardul Thakur dismissed Mayank and Sarfaraz Khan (0) in the same over to give Chennai Super Kings two quick breakthroughs. Faf du Plessis scored a 46-ball fifty, one of his slowest in the IPL but it has allowed CSK to breathe after a flurry of wickets. du Plessis and Jadeja added a fifty-run partnership to give CSK a move on in the final overs. He eventually perished for 76 off 55 balls but propelled CSK to 134/6 against Punjab Kings. CSK finished the Powerplay at 30/2 as Arshdeep Singh gave PBKS two vital breakthroughs. Gaikwad scored 14 before he top edged a pull and was dismissed off Arshdeep before the left-arm pacer had Moeen Ali nicking to the wicketkeeper. Chris Jordan then struck in his first over to remove Robin Uthappa. Three down became 4 down not long after as Rayudu timed a ball brilliantly but straight down backward point's throat. MS Dhoni began positively with a couple of boundaries but he played on a googly from Ravi Bishnoi for 12. PBKS captain KL Rahul asked CSK to bat first after winning the toss. One change for PBKS, with Chris Jordan replacing Nicholas Pooran. CSK on the other hand are unchanged.


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  • Oct 07, 2021 06:47 PM IST

    SIX from Rahul and PBKS have won this comprehensively

    Into the stands and Punjab Kings have beaten Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets. What a fabulous victory from Punjab Kings. They have knocked off the target in inside 14 overs, which has now propelled them over Mumbai Indians on the points table. If only this had come earlier in the tournament, PBKS could have breathed a lot easier. None the less, it's a win and an emphatic one for Punjab Kings. Meanwhile, CSK have been handed their third defeat on the bounce as the league stage of these two teams end. All over to tonight's game in Sharjah and the two lined up tomorrow to determine the fourth team that will join CSK, DC and RCB. If KKR win, the mystery could end tonight itself, but let's wait on that. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We'll return tomorrow for the final two league games of IPL 2021.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:44 PM IST

    OUT! Markram gives Dhoni an easy catch

    OUT! Markram is out caught behind. PBKS lose their 3rd wicket but need just 9 off 47. A cross seam delivery from Thakur, Markram tries to play it through the off side on the up. Little extra bounce, the edge is taken and into the gloves of Dhoni.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:40 PM IST

    Bravo to Rahul: Consecutive Sixes

    This is a slugfest as far as Chennai Super Kings are concerned. KL Rahul is in another zone altogether. Back to back sixes from the skipper and PBKS are just 12 away from a win. He's made a mockery of this chase.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:33 PM IST

    Humongous! A 101-m long six from Rahul

    What timing, what bat flow, what a stroke, what a player. In the slot and Rahul just swings his arms in style. A bit of Viv Richards in the stroke from KL. And of course, that's another SIX, and that's another replacement ball.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:29 PM IST

    Markram smashes Bravo for SIX

    Short of length from Bravo and Markram on the front foot, nails it into the stands. Another replacement ball comes in. PBKS are going at over 9 an over.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:26 PM IST

    Rahul looking to finish this quickly

    Here is an interesting stat: If Punjab Kings win this game in 14 overs, they will go above Mumbai Indians on NRR. That can of course change depending on how MI perform tomorrow. But judging by the shots Rahul us playing, he in in a hurry. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:24 PM IST

    OUT! Wicket for Chahar

    OUT! Shahrukh Khan perishes for 8 but PBKS in control at 80/3 in nine overs. Tries to give it his all but the timings wasn't up to the mark. Birthday boy Dwayne Bravo takes a simple catch in the deep.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:21 PM IST

    Live Score, IPL 2021 CSK vs PBKS: Rahul hitting sixes for fun

    He is going down on one knee and hammering them out of the park. Almost a sweep shot from Rahul off and Chahar can't believe it. Dhoni meanwhile looks on in appreciation.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:16 PM IST

    SIX: Massive from Shahrukh Khan

    A quicker one from Jadeja but Shahrukh Khan dispatches it nonchalantly out of his sights. A huge six that goes over 95 metres.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:15 PM IST

    FIFTY for Rahul

    A single down to long on brings up Rahul's half-century as he widens the gap between him and the second leading run-getter. His 27th of the IPL and this promises to be an extremely vital knock.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:12 PM IST

    A pick up SIX and a beautifully driven FOUR

    Oh goodness! KL Rahul is in that kind of nick today. He has hit nirvana. Flicks Thakur for a six off his legs and simply caresses the next ball through the off side. A lot like a punch off the backfoot. Stop him if you can. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:06 PM IST

    Another four for Rahul, 50 up for Punjab Kings

    Two wickets in the same over hasn't done much to change Rahul's approach. He takes the aerial route again, clears the in field as the ball goes for a four. With that the 50 is up for the Kings, inside the Powerplay. They are miles ahead of CSK at this stage.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:05 PM IST

    WICKET! Duck for Sarfaraz

    Thakur strikes again, the second time in the over as Sarfaraz Ahmed falls for a duck. A terrific running catch from Faf du Plessis. He isn't too thrilled after taking the catch. Hope there is nothing serious.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:02 PM IST

    Oh dear! If only Agarwal had taken the review

    Well, what do you know. The ball tracker shows that it would have missed the leg stump.

  • Oct 07, 2021 06:00 PM IST

    WICKET! Agarwal dismisses

    OUT! Mayank Agarwal out LBW. He doesn't take the review and Shardul Thakur gives CSK their 1st wicket. Moves slightly across the stumps and it was worth reviewing. But after discussing with Rahul, Agarwal decides not to.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:56 PM IST

    SMACK! Crunched for Six

    Woah! That was absolutely smoked. A beautiful crunching sound off the bat as Rahul tucks into Hazlewood. A brutal pull shots lands into the stands. That one has travelled. It'll be interesting to know the distance on that one.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:55 PM IST

    Hazlewood to Rahul: 4, 4

    He is growing in confidence in KL Rahul. His strike-rate is an impressive 225 at the moment, having raced to 27 off 13. After Agarwal takes a single, the skipper gets going with back-to-back boundaries off Hazlewood.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:52 PM IST

    FOUR: First boundary for Mayank

    Chahar doesn't bowl to his field and has to pay the price for it. Mayank heaves the ball on the leg side and gets himself his first four of the innings. Punjab Kings collect 14 off the over. It's been a decent start for them after the first three overs. They are striking at 9 an over.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:49 PM IST

    Chahar to Rahul: SIX

    There you have it. The first authoritative stoke from the bat of Rahul and it lands into the empty stadiums. Slightly on his legs and Rahul swivels across in style to send the ball for a six. Tries a similar shot next ball but the timing wasn't as great. Still gets a couple of runs.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:47 PM IST

    In the airrrrrr…. and Rahul is safe again

    Orange Cap holder Rahul hasn't had the most convincing start and it reflected the last ball of Hazlewood's first over. The ball stops a little and lobs off the top half of Rahul's bat. Goes to the square of third man for a single, no harm done.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:45 PM IST

    Concussion check for KL Rahul

    Rahul tries to go after Hazlewood but the ball takes the outside edge and hits Rahul on the visor of the helmet. Did not look too nasty but there will be a m mandatory concussion check. Thankfully, everything is fine and Rahul resumes to take strike.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:41 PM IST

    FOUR: Another edge, another boundary

    Rahul plays the aerial drive again, but the ball once again flies off the outside edge of his bat and over the short third man fielder and slips. Not the most convincing two strokes from Rahul but on both occasions, he has been rewarded with a boundary.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:40 PM IST

    IPL 2021 Live Score: FOUR - Rahul, Punjab are away

    A little risky from Rahul as he tries to go over the infield. But the swing from Deepak Chahar did not allow Rahul to get the timing right. Flies down wide of third man for a boundary. First four for PBKS and their skipper Rahul.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:36 PM IST

    Punjab Kings' hopes rest on Rahul and Agarwal

    Chasing 135 is not going to be a cakewalk, but Punjab Kings need a strong start from KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal if they are to chase this down. Forget the NRR and other valuable. The first target for Punjab Kings would be to complete this chase and if possible, do it quickly to keep their campaign alive.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:33 PM IST

    What Punjab Kings need to do to go above KKR in NRR 

    In a pretty ridiculous stat, if PBKS are to go over KKR in the points-table on the basis of a superior run-rate, they need to do it in 17 balls. Yes, let that sink in. That is not going to happen.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:22 PM IST

    CSK finish on 134/6

    16 runs come off the final over as Chennai Super Kings finish on 134/6. CSK stuttered to the total and they would believe they ended up getting more than what it looked like. PBKS began will, restricting CSK to some 60 odd runs for five, but Jadeja and du Plessis' crucial fifty-run partnership allowed CSK to get some runs towards the end. CSK scored 52 in the last five overs, with du Plessis racing away with some boundaries. CSK would not be happy with that total but it's given them something to bowl at.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:19 PM IST

    Shami to Bravo: One-handed four

    Birthday boy Dwayne Bravo gets off the mark off the first ball with a one-handed inside out shot that brings him and CSK a four.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:16 PM IST

    OUT! Shami picks up his first wicket

    OUT! Du Plessis' innings comes to an end for 76. CSK 128/6 with three balls left.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:15 PM IST

    Shami to du Plessis: 4, 6

    A great start to the final over of the innings as du Plessis hammers one down the leg side. His 8th boundary of the innings. Second ball of the over and du Plessis smashes it with disdain as the ball hits the ropes on the full. Six runs given.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:12 PM IST

    Arshdeep to du Plessis: SIX

    Finally, he has connected one right out of the middle. The first six of the match and it has come in the penultimate over of the first innings. Runs beginning to come now for CSK in the last 2 overs. The 19th brings them nine. One over left, can CSK reach 130?

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:08 PM IST

    Back-to-back FOURS, du Plessis gets a move on

    A crunching heave on the leg-side, followed by a thunderous drive down the wicket. CSK collect 12 off the over, and it was desperately needed by the three-time champions.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:05 PM IST

    IPL 2021, CSK vs PBKS Live Score: Fifty for du Plessis

    Faf du Plessis hits fifty off 46 balls; CSK 99/5 in 17.3 overs against PBKS. One of his slowest half-centuries but without it, it could have been curtains for CSK.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:03 PM IST

    No timing from either Jadeja or du Plessis

    The last few shots have been well connected but either the timing isn't good, or the placement. No shortage of singles but they won't be too bugged by it.

  • Oct 07, 2021 05:00 PM IST

    FOUR: Is this the hit from du Plessis CSK have been waiting for

    Another slower ball from Arshdeep. Du Plessis goes down on one knee and tried to hoick it big. Gets the outside edge and the ball flies over the short third man for a four. Doesn't matter how they come. CSK inching towards the 100 but it's already the 17th over in progress. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:52 PM IST

    IPL 2021 Live Cricket Score, CSK vs PBKS Live Match: What now for PBKS?

    If Punjab Kings are to get their NRR into the positives, they will need to score whatever CSK do, in seven overs less. That's the first hurdle they need to cross.

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:50 PM IST

    Still no acceleration from either Jadeja or du Plessis

    CSK seem to be stuck. Bishnoi and Henriques not giving anything away. It's not so much the pitch as it is good bowling from Punjab Kings. Only 4 overs left and CSK haven't even brought up the 100.

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:45 PM IST

    Harpreet to du Plessis: FOUR

    Too short from the left-arm spinner. Faf du Plessis has been out there long enough to rock back onto the backfoot and crunch it with a pull short for four. Beats the two converging fielders at long on and deep midwicket. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:42 PM IST

    Jadeja late cuts for his first four

    Beautiful field awareness. Slightly short from Henriques outside off. Only bowled at 121 kph and Jadeja late cuts it, wide of the fielder at short third man. He could have reached it but some sloppy work helped the ball past him and into the advertisement boards. Much needed for CSK. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:41 PM IST

    Close shave for Jadeja

    Jadeja and du Plessis complete a quick single but it could have been a curtains for Jadeja had it been a direct hit from the fielder at long off. Moises Henriques has the ball and he begins his military medium pace. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:39 PM IST

    CSK look up to du Plessis, Jadeja to revive their innings

    Faf du Plessis is 30 off 30, and he has been joined by Ravindra Jadeja. Surely, this partnership has to bail CSK out of trouble and the team would be hoping for nothing except that. It's been slow going for du Plessis today but with seven overs left, there should be a switch in gears shortly.

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:33 PM IST

    Bowled Him! That's the end of Dhoni

    OUT! A googly from Bishnoi castles Dhoni for 12. CSK five down and 61 in 12 overs. Dhoni tried to go for another cover drive, but he did not read the wrong one. Inside edge and Dhoni plays on. What a moment for the young leg-spinner. A prized scalp indeed.

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:31 PM IST

    Bishnoi to Dhoni: FOUR

    Wow! Vintage Dhoni as the CSK skipper takes Bishnoi on. Some flight on offer and Dhoni's eyes light up. One bounce and into the boundary she goes. In fact, it almost carries the distance. He looks like a man on a mission today, does Dhoni

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:28 PM IST

    Brar races through his over against Dhoni

    MSD has lately struggled against top-quality spin and aware to it, Harpreet Brar is speeding through his overs, darting deliveries at Dhoni's middle and leg stump, keeping him quiet. Just a single off the over and a wide. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:25 PM IST

    Du Plessis cuts for FOUR

    Wickets have been falling for CSK but Faf won't spare that loose ball from Bishnoi. Cuts it away fiercely enough for the ball to beat the fielder. With that the 50 comes up for CSK.

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:24 PM IST

    Dhoni gets going with an early boundary

    Intent from MSD up front. Gives the charge to Bishnoi and although a bit of misfield from the fielder helped, Dhoni has got himself an early boundary.

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:23 PM IST

    IPL 2021, CSK vs PBKS: Can Dhoni dig CSK out of this hole?

    43 for the loss of four wickets. Not the idea start for CSK. Very similar to their start against Mumbai Indians. MS Dhoni has walked in and he would be key if CSK are to rebuild their innings.

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:17 PM IST

    WICKET! Rayudu caught at deep backward point

    WICKET! Gone... Rayudu hits the ball straight to deep point and CSK are 4 down. Jordan with his second wicket. Rayudu is gutted. He stepped down and absolutely crunched the ball on the off-side. But although the timing was perfect, the placement wasn't. Arshdeep completes the catch and with that CSK find themselves in a spot.

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:07 PM IST

    OUT! Jordan strikes in his first over

    Chris Jordan gets Robin Uthappa. CSK three down and with not much on the board. Jordan surprises Uthappa with a bit of pace and the batsman goes for a pull shot. Doesn't get the timing right and the ball goes in the air. Harpreet Brar comes running in and takes a fine catch.

  • Oct 07, 2021 04:00 PM IST

    Wicket! Duck for Moeen Ali

    WICKET! Arshdeep strikes again as he gets Moeen Ali out caught behind.

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:58 PM IST

    4, 4: Faf gets his timing right

    Arshdeep takes a bit of pace off the ball and du Plessis plays an authoritative drive for a four. Follows it with a pull shot for another four as Arshdeep tried to go short. Change in plans as he now comes from round the wicket.

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:55 PM IST

    Shami gives away just 6 runs in three overs

    Wow! And this is a T20 match, of the IPL, against a team like Chennai Super Kings. Shami's graph continues to rise and it's been a brilliant start from Punjab Kings. Five overs gone and CSK have been able to hit just one boundary.

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:48 PM IST

    WICKET! CSK lose first wicket

    WICKET! Arshdeep gets Gaikwad, who miscues a pull shot and falls for 12. CSK 18/1 in 3.5 overs. The ball hurries on to Gaikwad, trying to break free off the pressure inflicted by some disciplined bowling from Punjab Kings. Tries to hoick but no timing at all.

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:41 PM IST

    Shami keeps Gaikwad, du Plessis quiet

    Mohammed Shami operating at a probing line. Nothing Gaikwad and du Plessis could do than dab the ball around for singles. Faf goes for a scoop but fails the connect. Shami is mounting pressure on one of the best opening pairs of IPL 2021. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:37 PM IST

    Gaikwad hits CSK's first boundary 

    Left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar starts the second over and Gaikwad immediately takes him on. No look ins for him as he heaves the ball on the leg side. Poor effort from the fielder and the ball goes past the boundary. First four from CSK and Gaikwad.

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:34 PM IST

    Gaikwad stung by a rising Shami delivery

    Rapid pace from Shami. Gaikwad tries to walk down the pitch but Shami pitched it short and the ball pinned the batsman on his gloves. The ball lobs in the air but falls in no man's land. Just three runs off the first over. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:33 PM IST

    Shami on the mark right away

    Four balls, two singles and two dots. That's how tight Mohammed Shami has begun. The IPL has always brought out the best in him and he's proving it once again.

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:30 PM IST

    CSK vs PBKS Live: It's game time

    Here we go. The players have made their way into the ground and we are minutes away from the start of play. Mohammed Shami with the new ball, up against two in form batsmen in Gaikwad and du Plessis. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:20 PM IST

    All eyes on Gaikwad and du Plessis to provide another solid start for CSK

    Gaikwad and du Plessis have been two of the more consistent batsmen for CSK. And here on a hot Dubai day, the onus is on them to get the team off to a flyer. They have done so earlier in the tournament and another strong start here could go a long way in CSK going back to winning ways. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:13 PM IST

    Meanwhile, it's Dwayne Bravo's birthday. Hear from him

    "The feeling is good, this is an important game for us. Everytime we play, every game against every opponent, it's important. In a tournament like IPL, you are bound to lose a few games on the run. Having said that, we are very proud with the way we go about in this campaign, especially in the second leg. This game is another important game, we want to challenge ourselves as a team to make sure we bounce back from the last game and go into the knockouts with a win under our belt. I use my experience, depending on the stage of the game I come out to bowl or whenever I am going to bat I allow the scoreboard to dictate how I play and what I need to do at that point in time. This ground, one side is bigger than the other, depending on the end I bowl on, I will know what line and length I want to bowl. For me it's about how the game unfolds on that day, then I come up with my own personal game-plan."

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:09 PM IST

    KL Rahul expects better from his batsmen

    "We will bowl first. That is one of the reasons why we are bowling first as we can have a look at the permutations and combinations to look at. The middle order has tried their best and hasn't delivered at times. They are all quality players and performed for their respective tams."

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:07 PM IST

    CSK remain unchanged!

    Suresh Raina misses out again as MS Dhoni informs about an unchanged Playing XI for CSK. And it is on expected lines. Like Ajit Agarkar rightly pointed out, don't think there is anyone on the bench who can make this team better than what it already is.

  • Oct 07, 2021 03:01 PM IST

    Punjab Kings win TOSS

    And KL Rahul has decided that he would bowl. Just one change for them with all-rounder Chris Jordan coming in for Nicholas Pooran.

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:55 PM IST

    CSK vs PBKS Live: Henriques puts it aptly for Punjab Kings

    “First of all we need to win to give ourselves any chance and then we need to win quite handsomely to increase our Net Run Rate and then rely on other results,” says all-rounder Moises Henriques, and we couldn't agree more.

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:50 PM IST

    Pommie Mbangwa with the pitch report

    "It's hot, hot, hot. Very hot. So that's something to pay attention to. It's pitch number three, so that means there is a 60m boundary on one side, the other side much longer, 73m. As far as the surface is concerned, 185 should have been chased down coincidentally by Punjab Kings. 134 chased down comfortably. It's a good surface. Batters will enjoy this."

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:47 PM IST

    IPL 2021 CSK vs PBKS: The warriors are getting ready

    The camera has panned to KL Rahul and MS Dhoni, who are gearing up. Rahul is doing his batting drills, while Dhoni casually walks into the ground hoping to catch a look of the pitch. Jadeja joins him and the two are playing a little footy out in the middle. Two defeats in a row? Not a problem for them. They know the kind of cricket they have played this year.

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:41 PM IST

    We're getting close to the toss

    We are into the last half an hour before the toss takes place. Remember, the last five matches, the team chasing has won.

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:35 PM IST

    Rahul in need of support from rest of his batsmen

    KL Rahul has been in red-hot form, but barring Mayank Agarwal to some extent, no other batsman has really stepped up this the skipper. Although it is too late, Rahul wouldn't mind a few decent scores from his batsmen.

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:30 PM IST

    Can Dhoni avert a hat-trick of defeats

    Not usual territory this for CSK, two defeats in a row. Sure, they have qualified for the Playoffs alright, but MS Dhoni will be keen to dispose DC off the top of the points table.

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:25 PM IST

    Some interesting nuggets

    - The last 5 matches at Dubai in IPL 2021 have been won by team batting second.

    - This could be the 100th match for Mayank Agarwal in IPL.

    - Suresh Raina is 2 catches away from completing 100 catches for CSK in IPL.

    - Dwayne Bravo is 23 runs away from completing 1000 runs for CSK in IPL.

    - Ravindra Jadeja is 3 wickets away from completing 100 wickets for CSK in IPL.

    - Dwayne Bravo is 3 sixes away from completing 50 sixes for CSK in IPL.

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:21 PM IST

    CSK vs PBKS:  What a massive coincidence

    Interestingly, both teams' openers have scored same number of runs in IPL 2021. CSK openers Gaikwad and du Plessis are the ones with most runs as a pair in IPL 2021 (674), but average wise, PBKS openers Mayank and Rahul are the best (55.60).

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:15 PM IST

    Rahul within striking distance of surpassing Shaun Marsh

    KL Rahul needs 28 more runs to becoming the highest run-getter for Punjab in IPL by surpassing Shaun Marsh's tally of 2477 runs. The Punjab Kings captain currently holds the Purple Cap with 528 runs. And remember, this is only his third season for PBKS.

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:10 PM IST

    IPL 2021, CSK vs PBKS: Will MS Dhoni the batsman please stand up?

    If you thought IPL 2020 was a forgettable campaign for MS Dhoni the batsman, this season has been even worse for the CSK captain. Last year, with 200 runs, IPL 2021 was statistically MS Dhoni's worst season in the IPL, but it looks as if this year would be a new low for MSD. In 13 matches, Dhoni has scored only 84 runs and it is unlikely that he would do something extraordinary to go past 200 in CSK's last league match of the season.

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:05 PM IST

    Raina vs Uthappa a headscratcher for Dhoni

    It is no secret that Suresh Raina has been out of sorts in IPL 2021, managing a paltry 160 runs from 12 games, of which 50-off runs came in one innings - the first of the season. In the UAE leg, Raina has scores of 4, 17*, 11, 2 and 3 before getting dropped from the previous match, with Robin Uthappa taking his place. Will Dhoni persist with Uthappa or bring Raina back?   

  • Oct 07, 2021 02:00 PM IST

    Ruturaj Gaikwad: The next-big thing in Indian cricket?

    Ruturaj Gaikwad played only 6 games last season, in which he scored 204 runs. It was a season where CSK missed out utilising Gaikwad to his maximum. They did not, however, make the same mistake this time around, giving the youngster a full go. And by god, has Gaikwad made it count. With 521 runs at an average of 47.36, Gaikwad has responded in style, and has begun knocking at the door of Team India.

  • Oct 07, 2021 01:55 PM IST

    No shortage of individual brilliances from Punjab

    With 528 runs, Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul is leading the run-getters list and Mayank Agarwal is at 7th, whereas Mohammed Shami is 4th on the leading wicket-taker's list with 18 wickets, followed by Arshdeep Singh at 6. There have been some spectacular catches taken by PBKS fielders as well. But while individually PBKS have had a few performances, as a team, they haven't been able to click perfectly.

  • Oct 07, 2021 01:50 PM IST

    Punjab Kings in UAE-leg: L, W, L, W, L

    Had it been the beginning of IPL 2021, three wins from five matches would have been considered a decent start, but the fact that it has come in the second half of the tournament, wouldn't count for much for Punjab. In the India leg, Punjab played eight games, out of which they won just three, which is severely dented their campaign. 

  • Oct 07, 2021 01:45 PM IST

    What happened the last time around

    CSK got the better of PBKS in the India leg of IPL 2021, winning by 22 runs. Dhoni's Chennai posted 160/3, in reply to which, Punjab finished on 138/5. Having said that, in the last season, IPL 2020, Punjab Kings did the encore over Chennai Super Kings, beating them twice. Then again, the CSK of last season was completely out of sorts, a stark contrast to their campaign this year.

  • Oct 07, 2021 01:40 PM IST

    CSK vs PBKS: Head-to-Head record 

    CSK have had the upper hand over PBKS over the last 13 editions of the IPL. In the 24 matches played between the two sides, Dhoni's Chennai hold a 16-8 lead over Punjab. One match went into a Super Over, in which again, it was CSK who emerged on top.  

  • Oct 07, 2021 01:35 PM IST

    Dhoni vs Rahul: Past meets present

    While MS Dhoni no doubt has proven to be India's most decorated captain, KL Rahul has a decent captaincy acumen even though it may not have reflected the way he would have wanted to during this IPL 2021 campaign. Who will lead India after Virat Kohli is a question on everyone's mind, and while Rohit Sharma seems to be the front-runner, Rahul cannot be counted out. He is 29 and could well be groomed as the next captain of the Indian cricket team. Keeping that in mind, today's match could well be billed as the past vs the present contest. Will Rahul be able to slip one past his mentor, Dhoni?

  • Oct 07, 2021 01:30 PM IST

    IPL 2021: What Punjab Kings need to do

    With five wins from 13 matches for 10 points, Punjab Kings not only have to win against CSK, but they need to beat this top team comprehensively to secure a place in the Playoffs. A win would get them to 12 points, but that won't count for much. They would be hoping that both Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians lose their respective matches, and will also want Rajasthan Royals NRR to not spike much. Yes, they are hoping against all hope, but a win against CSK should be their first check point. If they lose this, it's over. A miracle would probably be the apt word to describe that they desire.

  • Oct 07, 2021 01:25 PM IST

    CSK and PBKS: A tale of contrasting fortunes

    These two teams couldn't be any further from each other. While Chennai Super Kings scripted the comeback story of the year, Punjab Kings were left behind, bogged down by the same issues as last year. A string of defeats initially saw them playing catch up and although timely wins kept them alive, the overall performance left a lot to be desire. Barring skipper KL Rahul and to a certain extent Mayank Agarwal, there haven't been too many sensational performances with the bat, an area they would want to rectify for the next season. As for CSK… well, they have hardly put a foot wrong and deserved to be sitting pretty in the top 2.

  • Oct 07, 2021 01:12 PM IST

    IPL 2021, CSK vs PBKS, Live Score

    Hello and a very warm welcome, ladies and gentlemen, as we get set to bring you the penultimate double-header of the IPL 2021. As the race for the final Playoff spot continues to gain steam, we are in for a cracker of a contest. Indian cricket's past meets Indian cricket's present and future as MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings gear up to battle the KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings. While CSK would be playing to build momentum ahead of the all-important Playoffs, for PBKS, this is a do-or-die situation. If they lose, that is it for them in IPL 2021, although a win will keep their chances alive. Will they be able to pull off a miracle here, or will Dhoni's troop excel once again? Let's find out. We are only getting started.


VIDEO: Ashwin's review after being clean bowled sparks laughter riot on Twitter

  • IND vs NZ: R Ashwin's video of reviewing his dismissal after being clean bowled has gone viral and sent the world of Twitter into a laughter riot during the 2nd Test.
VIDEO: 'Maybe my eyes are deceiving me': Ashwin's review after being clean bowled sparks laughter riot on Twitter -WATCH(HT COLLAGE)
VIDEO: 'Maybe my eyes are deceiving me': Ashwin's review after being clean bowled sparks laughter riot on Twitter -WATCH(HT COLLAGE)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 03:50 PM IST
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IND vs NZ: Kiwis register historic low in Mumbai Test, break 34-year-old record 

  • New Zealand were bowled out on 62 after India put 325 in the first innings of the second Test in Mumbai.
India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand skipper Tom Latham on the second day of the 2nd Test match between India and New Zealand, at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai on Saturday.(ANI )
India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand skipper Tom Latham on the second day of the 2nd Test match between India and New Zealand, at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai on Saturday.(ANI )
Published on Dec 04, 2021 03:47 PM IST
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Watch: All 10 wickets from Ajaz Patel's incredible performance against India

  • Ajaz Patel became the only third bowler in the history of Test cricket to take 10 wickets in an innings.
New Zealand bowler Ajaz Patel celebrates the wicket of Mohammed Siraj during the 2nd day of the 2nd test match between India and New Zealand at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.(PTI)
New Zealand bowler Ajaz Patel celebrates the wicket of Mohammed Siraj during the 2nd day of the 2nd test match between India and New Zealand at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.(PTI)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 02:40 PM IST
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Kumble reacts after Patel becomes 3rd bowler to take 10 wickets in an innings

  • Ajaz Patel on Saturday achieved a record-equalling feat when the left-arm spinner from New Zealand became only the third bowler in history to grab all 10 wickets in an innings.
Anil Kumble was quick to react to Ajaz Patel's 10 wickets against India
Anil Kumble was quick to react to Ajaz Patel's 10 wickets against India
Published on Dec 04, 2021 01:51 PM IST
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Cricket stars and legends hail Ajaz Patel’s 'unreal, phenomenal' feat

  • Following the historic feat, cricket fraternity couldn't keep calm as Twitter was filled with congratulatory messages for the Mumbai-born left-arm spinner.
New Zealand's Ajaz Patel(Action Images via Reuters)
New Zealand's Ajaz Patel(Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 01:34 PM IST
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IND vs NZ: Ajaz Patel emulates Laker, Kumble with historic 10-wicket haul

  • New Zealand's Ajaz Patel took 10 wickets in an innings, becoming the only third bowler in the history of Test cricket to do so.
New Zealand's Ajaz Patel celebrates wicket of India's Shreyas Iyer on the first day of the 2nd Test match between India and New Zealand, at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai on Friday.(ANI)
New Zealand's Ajaz Patel celebrates wicket of India's Shreyas Iyer on the first day of the 2nd Test match between India and New Zealand, at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai on Friday.(ANI)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 01:02 PM IST
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India tour of SA on for Tests and ODIs; T20Is to be rescheduled next year

  • India's tour of South Africa will go on as per schedule, but only for Tests and ODIs, while the four T20I matches will be played later, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed.
Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar, Test captains of India and South Africa. (Getty Images)
Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar, Test captains of India and South Africa. (Getty Images)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 11:56 AM IST
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'Unforgiving society, real shame': Coach Justin Langer on the Tim Paine saga

Langer has come out swinging in defence of former captain Tim Paine, after making a secret dash to visit his former skipper in Tasmania on the eve of the first Test
File photo of Justin Langer(Reuters)
File photo of Justin Langer(Reuters)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 11:43 AM IST
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Warne and Vaughan give their verdicts on Kohli's controversial dismissal

  • After repeated look at the dismissal from every angle, third umpire Virender Sharma couldn't over turn the decision due to 'lack of conclusive evidence' and Kohli's return to Test cricket lasted only four balls.
Warne and Vaughan give their verdicts on Kohli's controversial dismissal
Warne and Vaughan give their verdicts on Kohli's controversial dismissal
Published on Dec 04, 2021 11:18 AM IST
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2nd Test: Ex-Australian cricketer derides Ashwin for reviewing being bowled

  • Confused by the manner of the dismissal, Ashwin immediately signalled for a DRS review, probably feeling he must have been stumped out.
India's Ravichandran Ashwin is bowled during the day two of their second test cricket match with New Zealand in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.(AP)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin is bowled during the day two of their second test cricket match with New Zealand in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.(AP)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 10:24 AM IST
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Zaheer Khan cautions senior India batsman on 'difficult' comeback opportunity

  • Rahane was rested from the Mumbai Test against New Zealand on Friday owing to a minor left hamstring strain which he had incurred while fielding in the final day of the opening Test in Kanpur.
Zaheer Khan(Getty Images)
Zaheer Khan(Getty Images)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 09:53 AM IST
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Kohli dismissal questions DRS, its limitations

  • Kohli’s comeback was a four-ball affair, ending in a firm forward-defensive push at Ajaz Patel’s fullish delivery. So tightly wedged was the ball between pad and bat that most on-field umpires would have thought twice before ruling against the batter.
Was Virat Kohli OUT or NOT OUT? (Twitter)
Was Virat Kohli OUT or NOT OUT? (Twitter)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 09:07 AM IST
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Aakash Chopra criticises New Zealand for crucial 'mistake' in Mumbai Test

  • Following the opener, where New Zealand had eked out a draw, Wagner's return to the XI was certain with a bouncy Wankhede track on offer, but the visitors stuck to their bowling combination.
File image of Aakash Chopra. (Aakash Chopra/Instagram)
File image of Aakash Chopra. (Aakash Chopra/Instagram)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 08:45 AM IST
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Jay Shah traps Azharuddin leg before in BCCI AGM Festival Match

  • Shah starred with the ball, finishing with figures of 3 for 58 with his seven overs of left-arm pace bowling as he helped his side successfully defend 128
Jay Shah picked three wickets in BCCI AGM Festival Match(Twitter/@CabCricket)
Jay Shah picked three wickets in BCCI AGM Festival Match(Twitter/@CabCricket)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 08:08 AM IST
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BCCI set to clear Indian team's travel to South Africa

The tour comprises three Tests, three ODIs and four T20 Internationals and is scheduled to start on December 17 at the Johannesburg.
Head Coach of Team India Rahul Dravid, Indian Skipper Virat Kohli and India's Shubman Gill during a practice session ahead of the 2nd test match between India and New Zealand at Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI)
Head Coach of Team India Rahul Dravid, Indian Skipper Virat Kohli and India's Shubman Gill during a practice session ahead of the 2nd test match between India and New Zealand at Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 07:40 AM IST
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