Chennai, April 6: After batting brilliance from Faf Du Plessis and MS Dhoni, bowlers help Chennai Super Kings to 22 runs victory over Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019 match at MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Saturday (April 6).
Opting to bat, Chennai Super Kings posted 160 for three after a rapid fifty from Du Plessis, who palyed his first match of the campaign and that was followed by a good finish from skipper Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu.
CSK made three changes to their side as they handed Kuggeleijn his IPL debut besides bringing in Harbhajan Singh and Du Plessis in place of injured Dwyane Bravo, Mohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur. And the incoming trio rewarded that with an excellent performance in their respective roles.
Kings XI, meanwhile, brought back Chris Gayle and Andrew Tye in place of Hardus Viljoen and Mujeeb ur Rahman. And many feel the dropping of Mujeeb played a crucial role in Punjab losing the match.
Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets and fellow Tamil Nadu bowler Murugan Ashwin also bowled well in his four overs. But Sam Curran and Tye conceded 44 runs in the last three overs to allow Chennai post a competitive total.
In reply, Kings XI managed to score only 138 for 5 in their 20 overs.
After a double wicket maiden by Harbhajan in the second over which included the back-to-back dismissals of Gayle and Mayank Agarwal, Rahul and young Sarfaraz scored fifties, but failed to take the visitors past the line.
Here are the live updates of CSK vs KXIP:
Swing and miss from Sam Curran!! Game over CSK beat KXIP by 22 runs. Scott Kuggelejin bowls two brilliant overs and topped that with dismissal of both KL Rahul and Sarfaraz.
Wicket!! Sarfaraz gave his best, but is dismissed by Scott Kuggelejin. Its game over anyways.
Chahar bowls two no balls to start the ninteenth over, but does well to concede only fifteen and also dismiss Miller in the end. KXIP need 26 off 6.
David Miller joins Sarfaraz in the middle as KXIP have a tough task of chasing 39 runs from the last two overs. Punjab 122 for 3 in 18 overs.
Tahir completes his spell and ends wicket-less, but concedes only five in the over. KXIP 115 for 2 in 17 overs.
At the end of the 16th over, KXIP need 50 off 24 balls to win.
Fifty!! KL Rahul with another fine knock and will look to take the visitors home.
Tahir concedes five in his third over. KXIP now need 55 off 30.
Fifty!! Maiden half a century for Sarfaraz. Can he take Punjab home and to the top of the table now?
Four runs come from Harbhajan's fourth over as KXIP inch closer to victory. The visitors need 60 runs off 36 balls to win.
Drama in the thirteenth over after MS Dhoni's lightning quick reflexes to run out KL Rahul ended as not out as the bails remained on the stumps. KXIP 96 for 2, need 65 runs off 42 balls to win now.
Scott Kuggeleijn is taken to the cleaners by young Sarfaraz as the Kiwi concedes ninteen runs in the over. KXIP need 70 runs from 48 balls to win now.
Jadeja follows Tahir's silent over with another as he also concedes just four from his third. KXIP 75 for 2 in 11 overs.
Imran Tahir tightens the screws as he goes for just four runs in this second over. KXIP 71 for 2 in 10 overs.
Twelve runs come from Jadeja's second over as KL Rahul and Sarfaraz cut him for boundaries. KXIP 67 for 2 in 9 overs.
0,0,1,1,0,4 - Imran Tahir concedes six in his first over and should have had Sarfaraz out leg before, but CSK opted against a referral. KXIP 55 for 2 in 8 overs.
Just three runs are scored in Ravindra Jadeja's first over of the match. KXIP 49 for 2 in 7 overs.
Kiwi bowler Scott Kuggeleijn is welcomed to the IPL with a six by Sarfaraz, but gives only 11 runs of the over. KXIP 46 for 3 in 6 overs.
Six, four, four - KL Rahul gets into the act as Deepak Chahar concedes 16 runs from his third over. KXIP is 35 for 2 in 5 overs
After the end of four overs Punjab are 19 for 2 as Rahul and Sarfaraz look to rebuild after the double wicket maiden from Harbhajan Singh.
Four runs comes from the third over as Sarfaraz joins Rahul in the middle for Punjab. KXIP is 11 for 2 in 3 overs
Double wicket maiden from Harbhajan Singh, who removes both Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal. KXIP 7 for 2 in 2 overs
Seven comes from the opening over. KXIP need 154 runs from 114 balls.
Four!! Gayle opens his account as the ball flies off the edge of the bat to the third man boundary
Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are in the middle for Punjab, while Deepak Chahar opens the bowling for the home team.
After a flying start from Watson and Du Plessis, Ashwin and co pulled things back, but MS Dhoni and Rayudu scored 44 runs in the last three overs to post a very competitive total. Will Gayle and co chase them down on a slow wicket? Lets find out after the break.
Innings Break!— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 6, 2019
A well made 54 from @faf1307 and some late onslaught from @msdhoni help @ChennaiIPL post a total of 160/3. Will they defend it here in Chennai?
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Fourteen runs come off the final over bowled by M Shami as MS Dhoni and Rayudu help CSK reach 160 for 3.
SIX!! Four and Four! Dhoni takes Sam Curran to the cleaners as CSK score nineteen off the 19th over. Chennai 146 for 3
Four!! MS Dhoni bludgeons one down the ground off Andrew Tye, who concedes eleven runs from the over. CSK 127 for 3 in 18 overs
Sam Curran bowls another quiet over from Kings XI Punjab as CSK score just six runs. Chennai 116 for 3 in 17 overs.
Just two runs come off the sixteenth over as Andrew Tye manages to keep MS Dhoni quiet with his slower balls. CSK 110 for 3 in 16 overs
With R Ashwin and M Ashwin completing their quota of four overs each, who will Punjab use in the last five overs?
After the double strike from R Ashwin, CSK captain MS Dhoni and Rayudu look to rebuild. Chennai 108 for 3 in 15 overs.
Wicket!! Skipper R Ashwin strikes again and removes in form Faf Du Plessis.
Eleven runs come off M Ashwin's final over as the KXIP leggie finishes his spell with 23 for 0. CSK is 98 for 1 after 13 overs.
FIFTY!! Du Plessis brings up his half a century with a six off Murugan Ashwin.
A six and three singles came off R Ashwin's third over. CSK is 87 for 1 in 12 overs.
Murugan Ashwin concedes seven runs from his third over as CSK move to 78 for 1 in 11 overs.
After a subdued few overs, Raina cuts Tye for a boundary to help CSK reach 71 for 1 in 10 overs.
M Ashwin bowls another decent over, concedes four from his second. CSK 64 for 1 in 9 overs.
Raina joined Du Plessis in the middle as Ashwin tries a few tricks off his bowling. Chennai is 60 for 1 in 8 overs.
.@ashwinravi99 is showing all his variations today and provides the first breakthrough. 👌— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 6, 2019
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Wicket!! R Ashwin gets Watson caught at deep mid-wicket as Sam Curran makes no mistake this time and takes a good catch.
Leggie Murgan Ashwin bowled a really good over and conceded just one run from it. Chennai is 55 for 0 in 7 overs.
Sam Curran dropped Shane Watson, but it was a difficult opportunity as the CSK batsman had struck it very hard to the English all-rounder. CSK are 54 for 0 in 6 overs.
Andrew Tye was welcomed back into action with a 4,6,1,0,6,1 as Watson also gets into his groove. Chennai are 47 for 0 in 5 overs
Last match's hattrick hero Sam Curran bowled the fourth over and conceded just three runs from. A good comeback from Kings XI, but they are yet to find a break through. CSK is 29 for 0 in 4 overs.
Sixteen runs came from the third over as Du Plessis struck two boundaries and a six in Shami's second. Chennai finally break the shackles and are 26 for 0 in 3 overs
Punjab skipper R Ahswin bowled the second over and conceded six runs from it. Chennai are 10 for 0 in 2 overs.
Despite starting with a wide, M concedes just four runs of the first over of the match.
New opening partner for Shane Watson as Faf Du Plessis joins him in the middle, while, Shami opens the bowling for Punjab.
Here is what Ashwin said: "It looks really hard and hope it remains the same throughout the 40 overs. It's quite emotional to be honest. I am very happy to be back playing here in Chennai and looking forward to it. I'm looking for the crowd to back us, which I guess is not going to happen. Chris (Gayle) is back into the XI, Hardus is out. Mujeeb sits out as well and Andrew Tye comes in."
Here is what Dhoni said: "The wicket looks good to bat on initially, it's hard on the top. The wickets that we played on mostly were on the slower side. It's important to keep backing your strengths, irrespective of how many runs you're putting on the board. Lots of changes for us. Mohit, Shardul and Bravo are out. Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan and Faf come into the XI"
KIXP XI: KL Rahul, C Gayle, M Agarwal, D Miller, S Khan, M Singh, S Curran, R Ashwin, M Ashwin, A Tye, M Shami
CSK XI: S Watson, A Rayudu, S Raina, F du Plessis, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, S Kuggeleijn, D Chahar, H Singh, I Tahir
Alright, it's toss time. With a dry wicket in Chepauk, what will the captains choose? Lets find out.
Star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who suffered a hamstring injury against Mumbai is an uncertainty for the game and his absence could open up a spot for the New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggeleijn. Meanwhile, Chris Gayle, who missed the last match, is a doubtful starter for Punjab. We'll have the team news soon.
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