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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MS Dhoni
79(44) 6x4 - 5x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
4 4 7 11 10 9 14 20
CH Gayle
63(33) 7x4 - 4x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
0 4 0 4 15 1 27 12

Best performances - Bowlers

SN Thakur
O3
M0
R33
W2
Eco11.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Imran Tahir
O4
M0
R34
W2
Eco8.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Chennai Super Kings , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

15 April 2018 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Kings XI Punjab 2, Chennai Super Kings 0

Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

END OF OVER:
20 | 12 Runs | CSK: 193/5 (5 runs required, RR: 9.65)

  • MS Dhoni79 (44b)
  • DJ Bravo1 (1b)
  • MM Sharma4-0-47-1
  • AJ Tye4-0-47-2

11.47pm Dhoni trudges off slowly. He's a broken man, but so much of that pain would have been eased had CSK pulled this off. He almost ended up pulling off an impossible heist that brought what seemed to be a dead contest to life. And what hitting! We haven't seen this kind of brutality from Dhoni in some time now. And it was a real fight. Both in the context of the game and for the pain that he fought through. Every shot that he played took its toll on him, but the power he possess is unparalleled.

But credit to Mohit Sharma, too. Despite being hit for a four and six, he pulled off a couple of perfect yorkers, and kept a cool head in executing a brilliant strategy: the wide yorker that made Dhoni reach out, which was pretty difficult with the injury. And let's not forget what set this all up: a belligerent knock from Chris Gayle, complemented brilliantly by KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and

"I think they bowled pretty well. Mujeeb was a great difference," says MS Dhoni. "In the second half I thought there would be dew but there wasn't much of it. Chris' innings and Mujeeb's bowling did it for them. It was a close one, which is important, because it shows you're competing. What are the boundaries we can omit? What are the easy deliveries that we can avoid? These are the things we need to work on. All the games have been close, which means the individuals in the team get to learn a lot, but yes, overall we need to improve. We have confidence in Jadeja. This is the time we can give him the opportunity to express himself. Raina at the top of the order, one left-hander, and if we can have Jadeja as a floater... so if we can just give him the opportunity, which we haven't so far, and I hope he can come good. The back is pretty bad, but god has given me lot of power and I don't need to use my back a lot. My arms can do the job. It shouldn't be too bad because I know what happened, and when you know the extent of injury, you know how bad it really is."

"We put on a show. Any slight miss of length, he was slamming us out of here," says Andrew Tye. "Outstanding stuff from Chennai. You just got to try and figure out a dot and execute as best as you can. We've only got one game here, the crowd was electrifying."

"I felt there was a lot of dew, which made it pretty hard," says Kings XI captain R Ashwin. "It (the run out) was a pretty enjoyable moment. One of the major things we have discussed is having trust in one another as a bowling group. It was all about double-bluffing as far as we were concerned. We're not a team that is going to go back saying we should have done this or that; we're a team that's going to go back thinking we should have stuck to the basics."

"It's good to be back," says Chris Gayle. "I got a text this morning saying I'm playing. But most importantly, we won, which makes me pretty happy. Once you've got momentum, you can keep the bowler under pressure. It was a close game, but we ended up winning, which feels pretty good. I feel 25."

Alright then, that's a wrap of this game. Pretty sure you enjoyed that, and hope you liked our coverage of it too. It was my pleasure bringing this to you live. Until next time then. Good night, and thanks for joining us.

Prabhat sharma: "Yes they won but why aswin didn't complete quota of their most economic bowler.....mujeeb and gave 1 over to yuvi instead conceding 10 runs an over.........strange"

19.6
6
Sharma to Dhoni, SIX runs, oh, he's finished it off with a six! A six! If only this had come a ball earlier. Things could have been so different. Ah, the hurt of it all if you're Dhoni. An extremely full delivery on middle, Dhoni sends it soaring into the sky and straight over for a monstrous six
19.5
0
Sharma to Dhoni, no run, is that four, is that four? No. Deep point cuts it off. Dhoni steps down the track and squeezes this out through the covers. Deep point gets around to his right. Dhoni does not take the single
19.4
0
Sharma to Dhoni, no run, excellent! Wide yorker, bang on the line. An inch here or there and it was a wide. But it's right inside. Top stuff from Mohit. Dhoni brings the bat down and just hits the ground

Eleven off three

19.3
4
Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR runs, beautiful shot! They needed four fours in four balls, and that's the first of 'em. Superb placement as he squeezes out a wide fuller one between point and backward point
19.3
1w
Sharma to Dhoni, 1 wide, tries an encore and it's drifted away too much. Tension building. Mohit needs to hold his own here. Dhoni has loads of experience in these situations. Injured back or not, you don't want to be bowling to him in these situations
19.2
0
Sharma to Dhoni, no run, great delivery. A wide yorker, making Dhoni reach. With that sore back, it's asking him to do the impossible. Beaten

Dhoni back on strike. Tense faces in the crowd with faint chants of "Dhoni Dhoni" as the IS Bindra Stadium bites its nails

Super Kings 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st17SR WatsonM Vijay
2nd22AT RayuduM Vijay
3rd17AT RayuduSW Billings
4th57MS DhoniAT Rayudu
5th50MS DhoniRA Jadeja
6th30MS DhoniDJ Bravo