Punjab Kings 139 for 4 (Rahul 98*, Thakur 3-28) beat Chennai Super Kings 134 for six (du Plessis 76, Jordan 2-20, Arshdeep 2-35) by six wickets
KL Rahul blitzed his approach to an unbeaten 98 off 42 balls as Punjab Kings mowed down 135 in 13 overs, however it might all nonetheless be too late for the aspect. With the win, Punjab Kings leapfrogged Mumbai Indians to fifth, however they’ve too many permutations and combos to deal with and want many issues to go their approach to make the playoffs, making progress seem unlikely.
Kings go brief; CSK go gradual
Mohammed Shami‘s fifth ball thudded into Ruturaj Gaikwad’s gloves and discomfited him. Arshdeep Singh then targetted Gaikwad’s left shoulder with the same sharp lifter and had him miscuing a pull to midwicket for 12 off 14 balls. Moeen Ali needed to deal with the brief stuff as properly: after Shami pushed him again, Arshdeep swung one away from the left-hander to have him nicking off within the final over of the powerplay.
By the time Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu have been additionally bested by brief balls, Super Kings have been 42 for 4 within the ninth over. MS Dhoni threatened to interrupt free when he crunched a legbreak from Ravi Bishnoi to the duvet boundary, however the spinner struck again to take out Dhoni with a flawed’un.
Kings XI’s assault subdued Ravindra Jadeja as properly, maintaining him to fifteen off 17 balls, however Faf du Plessis bought on high of them within the slog overs. After reaching 50 off 46 balls, du Plessis regarded spent, however rapidly jumped into high gear, walloping three fours and two sixes in his subsequent eight balls. du Plessis additionally lined up Shami, who had regarded unhittable within the powerplay, earlier than the short pounded the pitch as soon as once more and had the batter high-edging a pull for 76 off 55 balls.
Rahul on a roll
Super Kings had smashed 52 off their final 5 overs to provide their assault one thing to bowl at, however Punjab Kings hit almost as many (51) within the powerplay itself to regain management. With Punjab Kings needing to win large (and needing different outcomes go their method), Rahul went on a boundary-hitting spree from the get-go – like he used to do again within the day. He was notably brutal on Deepak Chahar, taking him for 34 off simply 12 balls. Josh Hazlewood briefly shook up Rahul when he struck him on the helmet, however the Kings captain overcame that blow and likewise took him to the cleaners within the powerplay.
Rahul surged to his half-century off 25 balls, and ultimately completed the chase with a six, his eighth total on Thursday, handing Super Kings their third successive defeat.