In the CSK vs PBKS game, Deepak Chahar’s 4 wicket haul helped CSK register a one-sided victory over Punjab Kings. Chahar had the touch of Midas, turning everything he touched into gold. He took 4 important wickets and pushed PBKS to backfoot. Punjab Kings could only pose a total of 106 which CSK chased easily.
Dhoni wins toss on his 200th game, Chahar starts his carnage
On his 200th IPL game, MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to bowl first. After being inserted to bat first, Punjab Kings were thrown out of the game from the beginning thanks to Chahar’s masterclass on swing.
Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle dismissed by Chahar
Chahar first trapped opener Mayank Agarwal for the duck in the first over itself. Agarwal was given a cracker of delivery to play and he succumbed to the pace and swing and was bowled out. In the very next over of his spell, Chahar sent Gayle packing. Although he would’ve got the West Indian earlier, but thanks to a dropped catch by Gaikwad. Gayle deposited the bowl straight to Ravindra Jadeja’s safe hands.
Chahar continues with his bowling masterclass, scalps wicket of Pooran
In the same over, it was Nicholas Pooran who suffered his second duck this season. Pooran tried hitting a bouncer off of Chahar but sent the bowl to Shardul Thakur at square leg. It almost looked like Pooran was the Midas of this game, with everything he touched turning into gold.
Sir Jadeja reminds his fan of his fielding prowess
Meanwhile earlier Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul was dismissed thanks to an exceptional piece of fielding by Sir Jadeja.
Gayle who tried to flick off a fullish delivery failed to do so and had CSK players jump in the air for an appeal. KL Rahul who was on the other hand saw this an opportunity to take a run, however thanks to Jadeja’s presence of mind, he was far from the crease before Jadeja’s arm threw the ball back to the stumps with the speed of the bullet.
Chahar ends his brilliant spell of 4/13
Chahar who was looking on top of his form was given the ball by CSK captain and the bowler played his part. Chahar ended the over without conceding a single run and got rid of the dangerous Deepak Hooda for 10 and left Punjab reeling at 26/5 at the end of 6 overs.
Shahrukh Khan saves Preity Zinta’s team
However, Preity Zinta’s proud buy Shahrukh Khan was the knight in shining armour for her team. He first had a 31-run stand with Jhye Richardson. Jhye tried sticking around for a while and played a cautious inning of 15 run before being dismissed by Moeen Ali.
Shah Rukh tried to get a move on and gave his team some saving grace by hitting a huge six off of Moen Ali and a boundary in the next over off Shardul Thakur. However, Murugan Ashwin who played a sedate inning of 6 runs off 14 deliveries finally gave in and succumbed to Bravo’s pace.
Khan fells 3-run short of half century, Punjab makes 106/8 in 20 overs
As Shahrukh was nearing his first half-century of this season, he was trapped by a slower one from Curran and deposited the ball to Jadeja who had been having a day as a fielder. With that came the end of Punjab’s inning at a paltry 106.
Gaikwad-du Plessis begins slowly and steadily
Having an easy target of 107 to chase CSK openers Gaikwad and du Plessis took their team to a slow yet steady start.
Du Plessis changes gear, Gaikwad struggles
However, du Plessis changed the approach in the 4th over, hitting Richardson for a couple of boundaries and a maximum in the 4th over. Gaikwad however seemed jittery and soon succumbed to Arshdeep Singh’s pace. He could only score 5 runs in his 16 balls inning.
Du Plessis and Moeen Ali steadies the CSK boat
Du Plessis however continued with his seemingly effortless inning and took Jhye Richardson to task. Moeen Ali took the challenge of evading the spin on the other end and went after Murugan Ashwin hitting him for a huge maximum.
Ali brings CSK closer to victory
However, Murugan got his revenge soon as he trapped Ali into mistiming a delivery and giving Shahrukh Khan an easy catch. Moeen Ali played a smasher of an inning, scoring 46 runs and damaging all hopes Punjab might have.
Shami misses hattrick
The 66-run partnership for the 2nd wicket was enough to take CSK close to finish line. The one-sided game saw a minor twist by the end as Shami sent veteran Indian batsman Suresh Raina to the dressing room and then Ambati Rayudu on the next delivery.
Sam Curran ends the game with style
However, Sam Curran destroyed all the hopes of Shami of taking a hattrick. In the end Curran hit a glorious boundary and helped his team register its second victory with 26 balls remaining.