The India Premier League is full-on and it’s match number 8 between the Chennai Super Kings a.k.a. CSK and Punjab Kings (PBKS). CSK lost their last match against Delhi Capitals, while Punjab Kings has already taken lead with a win. As for the toss is concerned, MS Dhoni, the captain of CSK has won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The bowlers led from the front once again in the early stage of the season as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) secured their first victory of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, beating Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Match 8 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
The significant impact of Deepak Chahar’s four wickets helped CSK limit PBKS to 106/8, but they survived more than four overs before chasing the target.
CSK made a cautious start with the bat chasing 107 runs. PBKS fast bowlers – Mohammad Shami and Jhye Richardson – who were right on the money in the new balls, handled just eight runs in the first three overs. Faf du Plessis then switched gears, hitting 2 fours and 14 runs in the fourth over by Richardson.
Arshdeep Singh, the star from PBKS’ last game, came into action and dismissed the struggling Ruturaj Gaikwad after the right-hander holed out in the deep. Moeen Ali was the next man in, and the left-hander was right on the attack, creaming two boundaries off Riley Meredith to take CSK to 32/1 at the end of 6 overs.
With full control of the retreat, both Ali and Du Plessis continued to turn the strike without taking big risks as CSK went ahead fifty in the eighth over.
At the halfway mark, CSK had a run-scoring run per over, scoring a majority over Ali. The left-hander came out with positive intent as he smashed a few boundaries to PBKS Bowling Attack leader Mohammad Shami. Even after taking four wickets in the 12th over, nothing seemed to work in PBKS’s favor.
In the next over, Moeen Ali scored a run to Murugan Ashwin, who was on maximum long-on. When he was caught in Nanda in the same over, he confirmed that the loss was after scoring 46 off 31 balls. Shami came into the bowl the 15th overs and took 2 wickets off 2 balls for CSK, dismissing Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu respectively.
With a 4-run requirement, Sam Curran chased the style, which had a boundary and CSK chased down the total. Earlier, both CSK and PBKS maintained the same playing XI from their respective last game, in which previous players batted first on the fresh Wankhede surface. CBK fired a new ball after rescuing both PBKS openers.
Chahar called up Mayank Agarwal’s stumps in the first over, followed by Ravindra Jadeja’s remaining fielding efforts – a direct hit – by PBKS skipper K.L. Chahar came back to bowl in the fifth over and did not stop the right-handed seamer who attacked twice in one over.
First Jadeja took a superb catch of diving after he dismissed Gale with a beautiful knock delivery, and later Nicholas Puran got a zero run, hitting the outfielder on a nice ball straight with a short ball.
PBKS was struggling 26-4 at the end of the powerplay. While CSK Seamers was bowling a tight length from one end, the CSK skipper decided to end the face quota as the bowler lost the fourth wicket of his innings, who struck one boundary, chipped it into the hands of du Plessis at mid-off.
Shahrukh Khan, along with Richardson formed a vital partnership for the sixth wicket, adding 31 runs with the help of three fours and a six, and managed to score some crucial runs against the CSK spinners.
However, it was Moeen Ali who finished it, hitting one in Richardson’s stumps to complete the sixth wicket for my CSK. Shahrukh kept the boundaries flowing, despite wickets tumbling at one end and raced off to 39. Dwayne Bravo got Murugan Ashwin out and the PBKS were struggling at 87-7 at the end of the 17th over.
Punjab Kings scored a century in the over in the penalty kick bowled by Bravo, who scored just 4 runs. Shah Rukh Khan fell just three runs short of his half-century when he tried to break Sam Curran for the maximum, to find Jadeja in more find depth. PBKS finished with just 6 runs in the final over of the innings with a total score of 106-8.
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 107/4 (Moeen Ali 46, Faf du Plessis 36*; Mohammad Shami 2/21) beat Punjab Kings 106/8 (Shahrukh Khan 47, Jhye Richardson 15; Deepak Chahar 4/13) by 6 wickets.