Result
12th match (N), Indian Premier League at Mohali, Apr 15 2018
197/7
(20 ov, target 198)
193/5
Kings XI won by 4 runs
Player Of The Match
Kings XI Punjab
Match centre 
Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan
Scorecard summary
Kings XI Punjab197/7(20 overs)
Chris Gayle63 (33)
KL Rahul37 (22)
Chennai Super Kings193/5(20 overs)
end of over 2012 runs
CSK: 193/5CRR: 9.65 
MS Dhoni79 (44)
Dwayne Bravo1 (1)
Mohit Sharma4-0-47-1
Andrew 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
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
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
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

19.1
1
Sharma to Bravo, 1 run
good yorker, angled into Bravo's pads as he clips to deep midwicket

Seventeen needed off the last over. Dhoni functioning on pure adrenaline. Mohit to bowl the last over.

end of over 1919 runs • 1 wicket
CSK: 181/5CRR: 9.52 • RRR: 17.00
MS Dhoni69 (39)
Dwayne Bravo0 (0)
Andrew Tye4-0-47-2
Mohit Sharma3-0-35-1
18.6
6
Tye to Dhoni, SIX runs
six more! MS Dhoni is doing the unthinkable here! And he's down on one knee after that shot. A full toss that angles into him and that angle makes up for the lack of power because of the injury. Swung away over square leg
18.5
2
Tye to Dhoni, 2 runs
in the air, and a moment of excitement as the ball lobs in the air. Not very well-timed and it lands short of long-off
18.4
4
Tye to Dhoni, FOUR runs
overcompensates with a short ball and with the line too which is well outside off, and Dhoni ramps it over short third man! Oh the drama!
18.3
6
Tye to Dhoni, SIX runs
that's a bad ball. You don't bowl a wide length ball like that to a batsman on fifty-odd in the penultimate over. A free swing of the arms as he smokes it way over long-on
18.2
w
Tye to Jadeja, OUT
and there ends Jadeja's underwhelming stay. Full and angled across, and that drift does him in as he skews it in the air off the outside of the bat with Ashwin is waiting under it at extra cover
RA Jadeja c Ashwin b Tye 19 (13b 1x4 1x6) SR: 146.15
18.1
1
Tye to Dhoni, 1 run
full around off, drilled very hard down to long-on

Thrity-six off two overs. Andrew Tye comes in with CSK getting a slight move on

end of over 1819 runs
CSK: 162/4CRR: 9 • RRR: 18.00
Ravindra Jadeja19 (12)
MS Dhoni50 (34)
Mohit Sharma3-0-35-1
Andrew Tye3-0-28-1
17.6
6
Sharma to Jadeja, SIX runs
six! Another huge hit. Jadeja gets into the act. And it was about time he did so! A length ball that Jadeja gets on top of from the crease and hammers over long-on

Vishal Pal: "Whats the use of holding back Bravo if you don't get out and let him hit"

17.5
1
Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run
short, wide, makes Dhoni reach out and he can't because of the injury, chops it into the surface. And that's fifty for Dhoni
17.4
6
Sharma to Dhoni, SIX runs
humongous hit from Dhoni! A juicy half-volley, right in the slot for Dhoni to get underneath it and bludgeon it miles in the air and over cow corner
17.3
1
Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run
Jadeja drills a fuller one very hard back at the bowler and Mohit bumps into Dhoni as he moves to his right to try and stop it
17.2
1
Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run
steps down the track to meet a low full toss and hammers it to long-off. Just one. Back giving lots of trouble
Best performances - batsmen
MS Dhoni
79 runs (44)
6 fours
5 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
on drive
14 runs
0 fours
2 sixes
447111091420
CH Gayle
63 runs (33)
7 fours
4 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
off drive
17 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
04041512712
Best performances - bowlers
SN Thakur
O
3
M
0
R
33
W
2
Eco
11.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Imran Tahir
O
4
M
0
R
34
W
2
Eco
8.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossChennai Super Kings , elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2018
Player Of The Match
Chris Gayle
Season2018
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 days15 April 2018 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Vineet Kulkarni
Nandan
TV Umpire
Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
Rohan Pandit
Match Referee
Sunil Chaturvedi
PointsKings XI Punjab 2, Chennai Super Kings 0