Kings XI Punjab had its last chance to get into playoff stage of IPL tournament. The equation was to win as well as get over its poor run rate. The team had to win by a minimum of 53 runs against Chennai Super Kings. However, Super Kings are by no way an easy team, securing a top rank on IPL 2018-point chart as of now. The team won the match by 5 wickets and 5 balls remaining.
As the result trickled as a win for Chennai, Rajasthan Royals entered IPL playoff securing fourth place on the list. With a sturdy middle other, Kings XI Punjab scored 153 runs. Lungi Ngidi took down four wickets along with Shardul Thakur and Darren Bravo’s two each. Chasing the score, Chennai Super Kings slogged itself in the early overs, but powered by Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar and MS Dhoni was the finisher, the nicked the victory comfortably.
Punjab openers Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle and Aaron Finch were done away by the first four overs. David Miller and Mayank Tiwari forged a partnership by the fourth wicket pulling the score to 76. By the middle overs Karun Nair steered the inning scoring an impressive half-century. He struck 54 runs off 26 balls. Nair hammered 3 fours and 5 sixes batting till the pre-ultimate over of the inning.
Earlier, Mayank Tiwari added 35 runs while David Miller struck 24. In the finishing stretch, Ngidi again attacked the lower other finally slogging the inning. In the 18th over, he took down R Ashwin and Andrew Tye at ducks. In fact, the attack was so strong that Punjab exhausted its batting lineup before two balls, with the wicket of Ankit Rajpoot.
In the chase, Chennai Super Kings slogged itself in the early overs falling to 27 for 3 runs in 4.4 overs. In the powerplay overs, Ambati Rayadu, Faf du Plessis and Sam Billings lost the wickets as the team struggled to take off. In this crucial turn, Suresh Raina stared his strike plundering boundaries. The first partnership stretch was for six overs, as Harbhajan Singh played alongside Raina.
Dileep Chahar played for the next six overs to added 39 runs off 20 balls. In the final play, MS Dhoni and Raina partnered for three overs hauling the chase to the winning mark. Raina’s 61 off 48 and 18 off 7 by Dhoni helped in finish the chase on a cakewalk.
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