Bengaluru, Oct 7: KL Rahul smashed an unbeaten 98 to guide Punjab Kings to a stunning six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.
With both sides playing in their last league game, Punjab gave it their all to bring their season to an end on a smashing note. The chances of Punjab qualifying are far off, with their fate depending on the outcome of Kolkata Knight Rider's game as well as Mumbai Indians match.
But the Rahul-led Punjab team, will be content with the way the unit came together in their final league game as they outshone former champions Chennai Super Kings. While the win saw Punjab move up to fifth on the points table, just below the Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai remained second on the table.
After electing to bowl first, the Punjab bowlers put up a clinical display to restrict Chennai to 134/6. The Super Kings who have a formidable opening pair, failed to get going in Dubai with wickets falling in regular intervals. Du Plessis, who fell in the 19th over, played a patient knock to guide Chennai to 134.
While the middle-order collapsed around him, the CSK opener played a patient 55-ball 76. The young Arshdeep Singh led the bowling attack for Punjab with a two wicket haul, while Chris Jordan also picked up two. Shami and Bishnoi picked up a wicket each as they restricted Chennai.
In reply, Punjab made a mockery of the total as they chased it down with 42 balls to spare. The architect of Punjab's chase was skipper Rahul, who agonisingly fell two runs short of a stunning century.
Despite Shardul Thakur handing Chennai breakthroughs with his three-wicket haul, Rahul hammered the Chennai bowlers around the park as he comfortably chased down the target. Rahul's innings was studded with seven boundaries and eight maximums as he remained unbeaten on 98 off just 42.
Though the win may have come too late for the Punjab dugout, it was a stellar finish to the league stage for Rahul's men. On the other hand, MS Dhoni-led Super Kings, the first team to qualify for the playoffs, fell to their third consecutive loss.
Here's how the Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings IPL match played out:
That brings an end to the first match of the day. KL Rahul's stunning unbeaten 98 saw the Punjab Kings chase down the total with 42 balls to spare! While Punjab finished the league stage with six wins this season, Chennai, who have qualified for the playoffs, fell to their third consecutive loss.
SIX!! Rahul skies it as Punjab Kings beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets! A stellar innings by KL Rahul! Rahul misses out on a stellar century as he remains unbeaten on 98 off 42!
FOUR!! Misfield and it runs away for a boundary. PBKS need 2 to win. Rahul on strike. Will he finish it off with a boundary?
Henriques the new man in. Punjab need 9 off 46 to win
WICKET!! Thakur strikes once again on the first ball of the over. Markram goes for 13 off 8
Back-to-back boundaries from the skipper
SIX!! Rahul flicks this over fine leg as Punjab inch closer to a comfortable win
14 runs come off Chahar's final over. Expensive spell from Chahar as he concedes 48 runs. Chahar finishes with figures of 4-0-48-1
SIX!! Rahul brings up the 100 for Punjab as he hammers it back over Chahar's head
Bravo concedes 12 runs in his first over. PBKS: 92/3 after 10 overs
SIX!! Markram slaps it over deep midwicket
Markram the new man in. Bravo comes into the attack
WICKET!! And Deepak Chahar hands Chennai the third wicket as Shahrukh Khan 8 off 10. Birthday boy Bravo picks him up at long on. PBKS: 80/3 in 9 overs
SIX!! This has been whacked into the top tier! Rahul keeps the boundaries flowing as Punjab stay on course
Deepak Chahar back into the attack, replaces Thakur. 25 runs have come off Chahar's first two overs. A single to begin
9 runs come off Jadeja's first over.
SIX!! And its Shahrukh Khan who has bound the boundary ropes this times. Khan whacks this over wide long on for a maximum
50 up for KL Rahul and the Punjab skipper brings up his 27th IPL half-century off just 25 deliveries!
Jadeja replaces Hazlewood.
11 runs come of Thakur's second over. PBKS: 62/2 after 7 overs
FOUR!! Back-to-back boundaries as this one is punched away past point
SIX!! Rahul whacks it over long leg for the maximum off Thakur
A dot to begin Thakur's second over
Five runs off Hazlewood's over. End of powerplay. 51 runs come off the first six overs for the loss of two wickets
FOUR!! Rahul lofts it over mid-off
Big over from Thakur as he put the brakes with two wickets and just four runs
WICKET!!! Sarfaraz skies it and goes for a duck as du Plessis picks him up!
Oopss!! Looks like Mayank would have still been at the crease had he taken the review, cause it was missing the wickets
OUT!! Big appeal and he's being given out! Mayank consults his skipper but doesn't take the review. Shardul Thakur hands Chennai the breakthrough. Agarwal goes for 12 off 12.
FOUR!! Thakur comes into the attack and is straightaway welcomed with a boundary
15 runs off Hazlewood's over. Punjab cruising in this chase as 42 runs come off the first four overs
SIX!! Another lovely shot from skipper Rahul as this ones gone high over deep square leg!!
Back-to-back boundaries from Rahul off Hazlewood. He pulls the second one to the fine leg boundary
FOUR!! Lovely shot from the skipper as he launches it back over the bowler's head
After leaking 11 in the first over, Chahar concedes 14 in his second over. PBLS 27/0 after 3 overs
FOUR! Mayank Agarwal whips it to midwicket
SIX!!! Deepak Chahar hit on the first ball with a maximum as Rahul pulls it over fine leg
Just 2 off Hazlewood's over
Rahul's hit smack on the helmet. Getting checked
11 runs came off the first over. Hazlewood comes into the attack
FOUR!! A boundary to finish. Rahul hands Punjab a strong start
FOUR!! Rahul slices it over cover for the first boundary
Mayank hits it to third man to get off the mark with a single
Rahul gets off the mark straightaway with a single
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal set to open. Chahar with the new ball
It's time for the chase to get underway. The Punjab openers have to give the side a strong start, with the rest of the line-up failing to impress this season. The Super Kings walk into the field. Can the CSK bowlers defend 134?
16 runs came off the last over. Du Plessis guides Chennai Super Kings to 134/6 in 20 overs.
FOUR!! Bravo gets down to it straight away as he lofts it over cover for a boundary
Birthday boy Bravo comes in.
WICKET!! Du Plessis skies it and keeper Rahul makes no mistake. Du Plessis' stunning innings comes to an end as he goes for 76 off 55. CSK: 128/6 in 19.3 overs.
Back-to-back boundaries!! SIX!!! Smacked to the boundary ropes. 10 already off the first two balls.
FOUR!! Shami whacked for a boundary on the first ball in the final over. Left it too late? But welcome runs for Chennai. Five balls to go
Good over for CSK as 10 runs come off it. CSK: 118/5 in 19 overs
SIX!! The first maximum of the CSK innings come in the 19th over! A huge maximum as it goes 100m long!! Faf whacks this over long on.
Appeal for LBW. Given not out. Rahul goes upstairs. Umpire's call!
Arshdeep bowls the penultimate over. A single to begin
Back-to-back boundaries from du Plessis! The opener times this well past long on. Much needed over for Chennai as 12 runs come off it. CSK: 108/5 in 18 overs
FOUR!! Lovely shot from du Plessis as he finds the gap through midwicket
50 up for Faf du Plessis. 21st IPL half-century for du Plessis as he brings up his 50 off 46 deliveries.
Jordan back into the attack! One bounce and to the fielder at midwicket. A single to begin
Dropped! Faf du Plesses mistimes it back towards Arshdeep, but the bowler can't hold on to it.
FOUR!! Du Plessis lifts this past third man for a boundary
Arshdeep back into the attack after the timeout. Four overs to go.
Arshdeep back into the attack after the timeout. Four overs to go.
Arshdeep back into the attack after the timeout. Four overs to go.
Good over from Bishnoi as he concedes only 4. CSK: 86/5 in 16 overs
Bishnoi back into the attack. Jadeja flicks it to short fine leg for a single
7 runs off the over. Last five overs to go. Can the settled du Plessis and explosive Jadeja take Chennai to a defendable score: CSK: 82/5 in 15 overs
FOUR!! Lovely shot from Du Plessis as he strikes this past deep midwicket
FOUR! Shami at short third man can't get to it as Jadeja finds the gap for an important boundary. 9 runs off Henriques first over. CSK: 75/5 in 14 overs
Henriques comes into the attack, replaces Bishnoi
Quiet over from Harpreet Brar as he concedes only five. CSK: 66/5 in 13 overs
Dhoni goes for 12 off 15. Ravindra Jadeja the new man in.
WICKET!! Bishnoi does it! Googly against Dhoni and the skippers gone. After hitting Bishnoi for a boundary on the first ball of the over, Bishnoi gets his revenge on the last ball as Chennai lose their fifth wicket. CSK: 61/5 in 12 overs
FOUR!! Another first ball boundary for Bishnoi as its struck by MSD towars extra over. One bounce and over the ropes. Captain MSD taking charge now of the sinking Chennai innings
Good over from Harpreet Brar as he gives away just two runs. CSK: 55/4 in 11 overs
FOUR!! It's taken them half the innings to get here, but 50 comes up for Chennai! Second boundary of the over as Du Plessis beats the man in the deep. A dot to finish the over. Good over for CSK as 9 runs come off it. CSK: 50/4 in 10 overs
FOUR!! Welcome boundary for Chennai and MS Dhoni welcomes Bishnoi back with a boundary, as he sends it towards short third man
Another good over from Jordan as he picks up a wicket and gives away just five runs. CSK: 44/4 in 9 overs
MS Dhoni the new man in, steers it to third man to get off the mark with a single
WICKET!! Stunning catch from Arshdeep Singh as Ambati Rayudu departs early too. Rayudu picked up at deep point as CSK's struggle continues. Second wicket for Jordan. CSK: 42/2 in 8.4 overs.
A single to finish the over. Six runs come off Bishnoi's first over. CSK 39/3 in 8 overs
New man Ambati Rayudu hits it to deep point to gets off the mark with a single
Bishnoi into the attack. A single to begin
Three early wickets hand Punjab early control. An upset on the cards?
#CSK in early trouble, wickets of Ruturaj and Moeen giving some succour to Punjab’s hopes of still making it to the play-offs. Virat Kohli will also perk up, sniffing at a possibility of RCB finishing in top 2 if Chennai make complete hash of things in this match— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 7, 2021
WICKET! Chennai lose their third as Jordan strikes in his first over. Top edge and Harpreet Brar runs in to take a stunning catch at deep square. Robin Uthappa's stay at the crease a short one as he goes for just 2 off 6. CSK: 32/3 in 6.5 overs
Pushed towards long on as Uthappa gets off the mark with a single
Chris Jordan into the attack, replaces Shami. A dot to begin
Powerplay done: 10 runs off the final over of the powerplay. Chennai have struggled in the powerplay as they lost two wickets and reach 30/2 in six overs
Robin Uthappa the new man in
WICKET!! Moeen Ali departs for a duck! Outside edge and onto Rahul as Chennai lose their second wicket in the powerplay. Arshdeep pockets two wickets from two overs. CSK: 29/2 in 5.4 overs
Back-to-back boundaries! Short from Arshdeep and Faf pulls this to deep square leg
FOUR! Lovely shot from Faf du Plessis as he drives it past mid off
Arshdeep to bowl the final over of the powerplay. Faf du Plessis on strike.
Another superb over from Shami as he gives away just a single. CSK: 20/1 in five overs
Shami back for his third over. Just five off his first two overs. A single to begin
Moeen Ali the new man in. Arshdeep picks up a big wicket and gives away 6 runs in his first over. CSK 19/1 in 4 overs
WICKET! Arshdeep strikes in his very first over as he removes Ruturaj Gaikwad. Uncontrolled shot by Gaikwad as he mistimes it towards Shahrukh Khan at midwicket. Chennai lose their first as Gaikwad goes for 12 off 14. CSK: 18/1 in 3.5 overs
Arshdeep replaces Harpreet. A single to begin
A single to end. Another quiet over from Shami as only two runs come off it. CSK: 13/0 in 3 overs
A dot to end the over. 8 runs off it. CSK: 11/0 in 2 overs
FOUR! Harpreet Brar into the attack. Gaikwad lifts it over mid on to welcome him with a boundary.
Quiet start from Shami as three runs come off the opening over. CSK: 3/0 in 1 over
Faf du Plessis pushes it away towards mid-on to get off the mark with a quick single.
Ruturaj Gaikwad gets off the mark straightaway with a single towards fine leg
Shami in with the new ball.
It's time for the day's action to unfold. Punjab Kings in a huddle. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis walk in to open Chennai's innings.
Team News: No change in CSK. For PBKS, Jordan comes in for Pooran
Team News@ChennaiIPL remain unchanged.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 7, 2021
1⃣ change for @PunjabKingsIPL as Chris Jordan picked in the team. #VIVOIPL #CSKvPBKS
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PBKS Playing 11: KL Rahul (capt), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Shahrukh Khan, Sarfaraz Khan, Moises Henriques, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
CSK Playing 11: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
MS Dhoni: Well, its tough to maintain fitness. Once the second half was postponed, there will be back-to-back games in a short period of time. When it comes to fitness no concerns as such. Playing with the same XI. The wicket looks good. Heat is a factor. We would have batted first anyway. You'll see me in yellow next season but whether as a player - you never know. There are a lot of uncertainties coming up, two new teams are coming, we don't know what the retention rules are.
KL Rahul: One of the reasons we are looking to bowl first, gives us a target. The middle order has tried their best, but haven't been able to deliver. They're quality players. As a young group we can learn and get better in the coming season. Chris Jordan comes in for Pooran
Toss: Punjab Kings win the toss and elect to bowl first
An hour to go for the toss of the first match of the day. The last time the two sides met, Chennai notched up a 6-wicket win over Punjab with 26 balls to spare.
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The @msdhoni-led @ChennaiIPL square off against @klrahul11's @PunjabKingsIPL. 👌 👌 #CSKvPBKS
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The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, the first team to qualify for the playoffs this season, head into the match on the back of two back-to-back losses. This is the first time this season, Chennai lost two on the trot. With the playoffs set to get underway soon, second-placed Chennai will look to return to winning ways.
The KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings would need a miracle to make it to the playoffs. With their playoff hopes all but over, the Punjab side will hope to finish on a high when they take on the Chennai Super Kings in Dubai.
Hello & welcome to mykhel's live coverage match no. 53 of the IPL. In the first match of the day Chennai Super Kings will take on Punjab Kings at the Dubai International Stadium on Thursday. Stay tuned as we bring you the toss, pitch, playing XIs and match updates. Match starts at 3:30pm IST.