Dubai: KL Rahul saved his greatest for the final as his unbeaten 98 off 42 balls, which for a change was full on intent quotient, helped Punjab Kings crush Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in an inconsequential IPL encounter on Thursday. Chasing 135 for victory, the Punjab group stormed to victory in 13 overs because the CSK skipper MS Dhoni couldn’t discover solutions to cease Rahul’s onslaught.
Skipper Rahul was on the assault from the phrase go, launching into the CSK bowlers. The trendy right-hander clobbered eight sixes to go along with seven boundaries. He completed it in model with an enormous six off Shardul Thakur. The Punjab skipper had been panned for his method in a few of the earlier matches the place he dragged the sport deep however Punjab Kings failed to complete on the profitable facet. Rahul’s strike-rate had been panned typically throughout this version and at last the aptitude was again in his batting. Alas, it got here when the horse has bolted the door.
Thakur picked three wickets for 28 runs in three to be CSK’s greatest bowler on a day when the opposite bowlers together with Deepak Chahar (1/48 from 4 overs), Josh Hazlewood (0 for 22 in 3 overs) and Dwayne Bravo (0/32 in 2 overs) seemed clueless within the face of Rahul’s trendy onslaught.
Rahul stored hitting boundaries and sixes at will at the same time as the opposite batters did not give you any significant contribution. Anything on his legs was whipped between positive leg and mid-wicket with utter disdain.
The skipper and Mayank Agarwal (12) placed on 46 in simply 4.3 overs earlier than he dominated one other partnership with Shahrukh Khan (8) for the third wicket, including 34 runs in 4 overs.
None of the CSK bowlers was in a position to cease a marauding Rahul as Punjab Kings went on the offensive in a bid to win shortly and increase their web run-rate. Despite the simple win, Punjab’s NRR didn’t go previous fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders with each groups on 12 with the latter set to play later within the night time.
Earlier, Punjab Kings restricted Chennai Super Kings to 134 for six regardless of Faf du Plessis’ 76 off 55 balls. The CSK rating was largely as a result of preventing half-century by veteran South African participant du Plessis and the 26 runs within the final two overs. None of the opposite CSK gamers crossed 15-run mark.
For Punjab, leggie Ravi Bishnoi impressed in a spell of 4-0-25-1 which included the scalp of CSK captain MS Dhoni whereas Arshdeep Singh (2/35) and Chris Jordan (2/20) did a superb job for Punjab. Du Plessis waged a lone battle, guaranteeing that the Punjab bowlers didn’t run away with the sport with a hard-working half-century.
The 18th over noticed him hit two boundaries off Jordan’s third over as CSK continued the try and cobble up a good rating. The South African hit two extra sixes, one off Arshdeep and one off Mohammad Shami within the remaining over to provide a much-needed push to the CSK innings in the direction of the top. Ravindra Jadeja remained not out on 15 (17 balls, 1 six).
That solely 30 runs got here within the powerplay indicated the CSK batters’ problem in getting Shami & Co away. Coupled with the common lack of wickets, the three-time champions crawled to 50 within the tenth over.
Shami, particularly, was exhausting to get away. His first spell of three was sensible, as he conceded solely six runs. Left-arm pacer Arshdeep continued to impress and acquired the wickets of the in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad (12, 14 balls, 1 4) and Moeen Ali (0).
Gaikwad hit one 4 earlier than he top-edged an tried pull of Arshdeep to provide Shahrukh Khan on the leg-side a straightforward catch. Moeen, who was in good nick within the first section in India, failed to hassle the scorers, edging one to Rahul to provide Arshdeep his second scalp.
Robin Uthappa, who changed Suresh Raina within the taking part in XI, didn’t make an impression, falling for simply 2. His tried pull off Jordan noticed Harpreet Brar take an excellent catch at deep-square leg.