I thought we did not bat very well. Karun batted beautifully to get us the score. That has been our story throughout the IPL. We are a new franchise, I think we need to go back to dressing room and regroup with the boys.
A comfortable win for CSK in the end albeit with a few funky and nifty captaincy moves from Dhoni. They would have been happier to finish at the top of the league standings but still a Top 2 finish in their comeback season would delight their fans.
To top it off Dhoni finished it off in style with a six. Off to the playoffs then! CSK have finished in the top-4 in the points table in each of the nine seasons that they have been part of IPL - the only team to do so. CSK win by 5 wickets! Big over for CSK and Raina has 14 runs to tie the score. He however chose to defend the last ball when only one was required. It seems captain MSD will finish off the game. Raina finishes it off early with a pull shot that beats the short fine-leg fielder and races away for boundary.
Just 1 needed off 7 balls. And Raina now hits it to deep cover, where the fielder miscues and lets the ball go to the boundary. Mohit returns and he almost got Raina on the second ball of the over. There was one more chance falling short of Manoj Tiwary.
It would be interesting to see if CSK achieves the target from here. They need 23 off Dhoni gives it all to the ball and it goes racing over the deep mid-wicket. When it comes off, these promotions make the captain look like a genius. Chahar has some solid hitting ability at his disposal though. Could he be CSK's Narine in a crunch game in the playoffs? Will be interesting to see. Tonight he has done enough to knock Punjab out of playoffs before departing back to the dugout.
Congrats to the rajasthanroyals family for making the play offs - we did it! Feeling very proud of you all right now! Ashwin gets another wicket but it is too little too late. However, Kings XI would be hoping that they atleast end the campaign with a win. Chennai Super Kings need 34 runs in 18 balls. MS Dhoni, right-handed batsman, comes in to bat. Ashwin comes back into the attackl.
The body language of the Kings XI Punjab reflects everything. It is oen thing to leave the field after losing a match and realise you are out of tournament, it is another to be on the field and get to know the same thing. And the pinch hitter does it Two sixes off Ashwin and Punjab are out of this season. The league stage was alive until the last five overs Chahar goes straight over the bowler's head to get another boundary.
Axar comes into the attack. This is turning out to be a great decision by MSD to send the bowlers to do the job and what a fantastic job they are doing. Suresh Raina becomes the first player to score plus runs against three different teams in IPL.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have done it against two different opponents. Two pinch hitters back to back. Almost like CSK are chasing and not Crossing 77 should safeguard them for a second. Perplexing why Punjab aren't using pacers against pinch hitters This time Chahar goes ober long off to fetch a maximum.
Chahar smashes Ashwin' carrom ball over deep square leg. Axar Patel returns and CSK continue to baffle us with singles and doubles. Pressure mounting on Kings XI. Chennai Super Kings need 73 runs in 36 balls. Axar Patel returns at the end of the Time-out.
Ashwin returns and he is bowling wicket-to-wicket not giving enough room to the batsmen. CSK's batsmen are showing no urgency at all, at the moment.
Wonder what the plan is. Tye starts with a wide outside the leg stump. He has bowled too many wides for his reputation. Raina is looking calm in the middle, churning out singles. They need 82 runs in 48 balls. It's and Dhoni is taking a leaf out of Bradman's playbook of reversing the batting order.
Bradman did it to protect his batsmen back in the days of uncovered pitches though. These batting conditions aren't remotely as hard. But that is now what has made things interesting here. Deepak Chahar's entry inside the stadium however has made things very very interesting. We wonder what MSD's plan here? Okay so, Deepak Chahar, is the next batsman in. Ashwin scalps Bhajji first ball Pinch hitter gone and it hasn't really worked out except add some crucial runs.
Dhoni not coming in yet. With the race for the playoffs becoming an interesting scenario, Punjab will have to register a win with a huge margin as their net run-rate reads a poor The Ravichandran Ashwin-led side kicked-off the season on a decent note, winning five of their first six games but faultered in the business end of the league.
Barring opener KL Rahul, who has runs from 13 innings, Punjab have failed to click as a unit. Chris Gayle came out with some impressive knocks in the first half of the season but failed to maintain his form. In the bowling department, Andrew Tye has single-handedly led the pace attack with 24 wickets from 13 games and is currently the leading wicket taker in the league.
Teenaged Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman 14 wickets has also been impressive while pacer Ankit Rajpoot eight wickets , off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin six wickets and medium-pacer Mohit Sharma six wickets need to raise the bar against Chennai. On the other hand, having already qualified for the playoffs, Chennai will be eager to finish the league stage at the top spot.
For Chennai, Ambati Rayadu has been brilliant so far, delivering on most occasions. He has been among the runs and has received good support from his partner Shane Watson.
Skipper Dhoni runs , has once again silenced his critics while Suresh Raina, who failed with the bat against Delhi, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja will also need to come good with the bat on Sunday. Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi have also emerged with breakthroughs whenever the side needed. However, Bravo needs to learn from his last game, where he was hammered for 26 runs in the final over.
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