Indian Premier League, 2019

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings - Match 55

Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali

Date & Time: 05 May 2019

Kings XI Punjab 173/4

RR: 9.61 | Kings XI Punjab beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets

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That's all we have from this game. Chennai got outplayed in their last league game while Punjab managed to end their season on a high. Plenty of positives for both sides to take forward.

KL Rahul is the obvious choice for the Man of the Match award. He starts by saying that he was holding himself back till the last game as his role was to bat out 20 overs. Adds that sometimes you have to alter your game and play according to the situation. Feels that his strike rate has dropped a bit but he succeeded in winning more games for his side this season.

Punjab skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin says that it wasn't easy for them but adds that they never got outplayed in any game this season, apart from Hyderabad. Further says that they lost the Powerplay battles this season. Mentions that they have not qualified but wants to build on the performance this season. States that the auction is where most battles are won. Thanks the coach for all the support and feels that they need to have a long term vision for the franchise.

Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni credits Gayle and Rahul for their knocks and praises Punjab's bowling as well. Admits that Chennai were not up to the mark in the Powerplay. Is happy that they managed to stretch the game to as long as possible. Mentions that they wanted to win the game but after the kind of start Punjab had, the 14.2 overs factor played in his mind. Lauds his bowlers for bowling the last 8-9 overs well.

Chasing a stiff target, Punjab got off to a rollicking start. KL Rahul batted like a train on fire and completed his fifty off just 19 balls. That set the tone for the chase and scared Chennai who were in danger of getting dropped to number two in the points table, had Punjab overhauled the target in 14.2 overs. Harbhajan Singh, who took a real hammering in his first spell of 2 overs, returned with a bang to pick three wickets and put brakes on the home team's charge. His spell meant that Chennai kept the top spot even though they lost the game by a handsome margin.

A convincing win for Punjab to end their season. They have avoided the wooden spoon and it has landed in the bag of Bangalore. This victory will please the home team as it has come against one of the top teams of the league. Earlier, powered by the century stand between du Plessis and Raina, Chennai posted 170 on the board. Faf missed out on his ton while the visiting team didn't get going in the death overs and fell around 15-20 runs short.

17.6
4
I Tahir to Sam Curran, FOUR! All over, PUNJAB WIN BY 6 WICKETS with two overs remaining! Tahir serves it very full and on off, Curran goes hard at it and thwacks it down the ground for a boundary.
17.5
1
I Tahir to M Singh, Shortish and on middle, Mandeep hops back and punches it down to long on. Nothing fancy, they are doing it in singles.
17.4
1
I Tahir to Sam Curran, Forces a full ball down the ground to long off for a single.
17.3
0
I Tahir to Sam Curran, A flatter one on off, Curran should have been forward but then decides to defend it from the back foot.
17.2
0
I Tahir to Sam Curran, Shortish and on off, Curran punches it off his back foot but finds covers.
17.1
1
I Tahir to M Singh, Flighted one, full and on off, Singh knocks it down to long off for one.
16.6
1
R Jadeja to M Singh, Flighted and full on off, Mandeep drives it through wide mid off for a single. 5 more needed.
16.5
1
R Jadeja to Sam Curran, Short and outside off, cut through cover-point for one.
16.4
0
R Jadeja to Sam Curran, Action replay of the previous delivery. Once again Sam has hit a short ball back in the direction of the bowler.
16.3
0
R Jadeja to Sam Curran, Quicker one on off, punched back towards the bowler.

Sam Curran is in next.

16.2
0
R Jadeja to N Pooran, OUT! Against the run of play, Jadeja has dismissed Pooran. He dishes out a flatter and shorter delivery outside off, Pooran camps back to play the square cut but it takes a thick outside edge and settles into the gloves of Dhoni. The keeper just tosses the ball up in celebration, Jadeja turns back to put in a formal appeal and then Pooran is seen walking back.
16.1
1
R Jadeja to M Singh, Flatter and shorter on middle, punched down to long on for a run.

Strategic break!

15.6
0
I Tahir to N Pooran, Short outside off, cut by the left-hander towards short third man. Dot ball, a rare one. Punjab need 8 runs off 24 balls now at 2 runs per over!
15.5
1
I Tahir to M Singh, Punched back down the ground for a single by Mandeep.
15.4
1
I Tahir to N Pooran, Flighted outside off, driven through mid off for a single by the southpaw.
15.3
6
I Tahir to N Pooran, SIX! That has gone out of Mohali! A leg-spinner on middle, Pooran pulls it way into the stands over deep mid-wicket. This is striking of the best quality! 10 runs needed now.
15.2
0
I Tahir to N Pooran, FOUR BYES! That has beaten everyone. Fired in really full on off, Pooran looks to drive but fails to put bat on ball. Dhoni misses the ball too and the ball goes to the rope for four byes.
15.1
0
I Tahir to N Pooran, Pooran comes down the ground and looks to hit this one but gets an outside half towards short third man.

Imran Tahir comes back on now. 2-0-21-0 so far.

14.6
2
R Jadeja to M Singh, Flatter on middle, pulled away through square leg for a couple of runs by Mandeep. 13 runs off it. Just 20 needed now.
14.5
1
R Jadeja to N Pooran, Cut away to deep point for a run.
14.4
4
R Jadeja to N Pooran, FOUR! Bludgeoned down the ground! A flatter one on off, Pooran pulls this one and finds the long on boundary on a bounce. This is some hitting!
14.3
0
R Jadeja to N Pooran, Pushed away towards short third man this time by the southpaw.
14.2
0
R Jadeja to N Pooran, Wide outside off, Pooran looks to cut. He gets an under edge to the keeper. 14.2 done and the target not done! That means that Chennai will be in the top 2!
14.1
6
R Jadeja to N Pooran, SIX! Humongous! A flatter one on middle and leg, Pooran lifts the ball clean as a whistle over wide long on. The fielders are mere spectators. Brilliant shot.

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl now.

13.6
2
D Bravo to M Singh, A low dipping full toss on middle, it's clipped down to wide long on for a couple of runs. The throw comes from the deep, Bravo tries to collect it and collides with Pooran. No harm done. 12 from the over, 33 needed off 36 balls.
13.5
1
D Bravo to N Pooran, Another good looking drive from Pooran's bat, this time it has gone straight to the cover fielder for a run.
13.4
4
D Bravo to N Pooran, FOUR! Crunched! Bravo goes full again, it's wide outside off, Nicholas reaches out for it with his long hands and thumps it through covers.
13.3
0
D Bravo to N Pooran, Dropped by Vijay (sub)! Bravo delivers it full and outside off, Pooran drives it in the air towards point where Vijay puts down a sitter.
13.2
4
D Bravo to N Pooran, Four running runs! Bravo pitches it up and outside off, Pooran drives it through extra cover and Jadeja chases it down from long off. He fires in the throw at the bowler's end, misses the target and it races towards the fence. Jadhav does well to pull it back but is holding his left shoulder. Not looking good, he is heading off the field. Four runs in total added to the total.
13.1
1
D Bravo to M Singh, A low full toss down the leg side, it's helped to fine leg for a run.
12.6
6
H Singh to N Pooran, SIX! That ends up deep in the stands. A flatter one on middle, Pooran rocks back and pulls this one. That ball keeps travelling. Ends up in the crowd somewhere. Harbhajan ends with figures of 4-0-57-3 but only 16 runs came off his last two overs along with all the wickets.
12.5
0
H Singh to N Pooran, Cut away but straight to the backward point fielder. Good timing on that ball.
12.5
0
H Singh to N Pooran, Wide! Bowled way outside off, wided.
12.4
0
H Singh to N Pooran, Flighted outside off, driven to cover by Pooran.
12.3
1
H Singh to M Singh, Fired in quicker on middle, punched back down to long on for a run.

Mandeep Singh walks out at number 5.

12.2
0
H Singh to M Agarwal, OUT! Harbhajan has his third! A poor delivery to get a wicket though. A short one on middle and leg, Agarwal looks to pull it away but finds deep backward square leg to perfection. Jadeja out there takes the catch with his safe pair of hands and Punjab are losing their way slightly here. What a comeback from Bhajji though, he had 0/41 off his first 2 and now has 3/49.
12.1
1
H Singh to N Pooran, Short outside off, Pooran pulls this ball to the right of long on for a run.
11.6
1
I Tahir to N Pooran, Quicker one in the line of the middle stump, Pooran moves back inside the crease and punches it down to long on for a run.
11.5
1
I Tahir to M Agarwal, The ball has been square driven by the batsman. They have run through for a single.
11.4
0
I Tahir to M Agarwal, Shortish and outside off, Mayank mistimes his horizontal bat shot. It goes back to the bowler off the bottom half of his bat.
11.3
1
I Tahir to N Pooran, A juicy full toss outside off, Nicholas reaches out for it and strokes it to deep cover. Rayudu mops it up and they take a single.
11.2
0
I Tahir to N Pooran, Flatter delivery on the pads, Pooran hits it straight to mid-wicket.
11.1
1
I Tahir to M Agarwal, Starts a new spell with a flighted full ball on off, Agarwal pushes it through the gap at covers for a run.

Imran Tahir is back on.

10.6
1
H Singh to M Agarwal, Pulled away again but it goes to deep mid-wicket for a single this time. 7 runs and 2 wickets off this over for Harbhajan!
10.5
4
H Singh to M Agarwal, FOUR! The hat-trick ball goes to the fence. Mayank Agarwal gets off the mark in style. Short and flat on middle, Agarwal pulls it away easily for a boundary. Bisects the deep fine and deep square leg fielders with ease.

Mayank Agarwal walks in next. He will face the hat-trick ball.

10.4
0
H Singh to C Gayle, OUT! 2 in 2! Gayle to depart now, Harbhajan has his number for the sixth time in T20 cricket. A flatter one on middle, Chris looks to go really big but does not get the elevation with his swing. The ball travels with pace but straight to long on where the substitute fielder, Dhruv Shorey takes the catch with ease. Harbhajan is elated and is on a hat-trick now! Punjab now will have to rebuild with two new batsmen out in the middle.

Nicholas Pooran is the new man in.

10.3
0
H Singh to L Rahul, OUT! Harbhajan returns in the attack and has taken his revenge. Went for 40-plus in his first two overs and this will make him feel a lot better. Dhoni also flashes a smile. A flatter off spinner around off, not turning much, Rahul skips down the track to heave it across the line but it takes the top edge and balloons in the air towards covers. Tahir settles underneath it and does the rest. End of a 108-run stand.
10.2
1
H Singh to C Gayle, Flatter on middle and leg, helped away to deep mid-wicket for a run by the big Jamaican.
10.1
1
H Singh to L Rahul, Outside off, punched off the back foot through covers for a single by Rahul.

Harbhajan Singh comes back onto bowl now.

9.6
1
D Bravo to L Rahul, On the hips, whipped away through square leg for a run by Rahul. 6 runs off this Bravo over. Punjab are 106/0 at the halfway mark and need just 65 in the back 10.

The seam of the delivery seems to be coming off... the umpire cuts it and gives it back to Dhoni.

9.5
1
D Bravo to C Gayle, Low full toss outside off, driven down the ground to long off for a run.
9.4
0
D Bravo to C Gayle, Beaten! On a length outside off, Gayle looks to drive that one by leaning ahead but the angle of the delivery causes the ball to whiz past the outside edge.
9.4
0
D Bravo to C Gayle, Wide! Another one wayward outside the off stump. Given as a wide again.
9.3
1
D Bravo to L Rahul, Good ball. Rahul backs away and Bravo follows the batsman. Bowls it on the hips of Rahul who works it through mid-wicket for a run.
9.2
1
D Bravo to C Gayle, Low full toss outside off, driven along the ground to long off for a run by the southpaw.
9.1
0
D Bravo to C Gayle, Bowled outside off again, Bravo times this to point.
9.1
0
D Bravo to C Gayle, Wide! Bravo bowls this really wide outside off, well away from the tramline.
8.6
4
D Chahar to L Rahul, FOUR! Just one word - Wow! KL Rahul, you beauty. The 100-run stand also comes up. Chahar over-corrects his length this time and bowls it fuller and outside off, Rahul throws his heart and soul behind it and spanks it over the bowler's head. Nearly carries all the way. The umpire goes upstairs and then signals a boundary, it just bounced inside the line. 10 from the over, Deepak Chahar has bowled out, 4-0-28-0, decent figures, considering the onslaught.
8.5
4
D Chahar to L Rahul, FOUR! Wrong length from Chahar, it's short and on middle, Rahul shimmies down the track and pulls it powerfully to the deep mid-wicket fence.
8.4
1
D Chahar to C Gayle, Lands it on a good length around middle and off, Gayle stays back and forces it down to long on for one.
8.3
0
D Chahar to C Gayle, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
8.2
1
D Chahar to L Rahul, Angles in a full ball on middle, it's knocked down to long on for a run.
8.1
0
D Chahar to L Rahul, A low full toss on middle, Rahul drives it straight back and the ball goes on to hit the stumps at the non-striker's end. Gayle then tries to get back inside the crease and Chahar jokingly pulls his leg, something we see a lot in Kabaddi. Good to see players having a fun moment amidst so much pressure.

Deepak Chahar to bowl out.

7.6
1
D Bravo to L Rahul, Full and down the leg side at 132 kph, Rahul clips it behind square leg for a run. 5 from the over and Chennai would like to pull things back after the strategic break.
7.5
1
D Bravo to C Gayle, A length ball angling away from the batsman, Gayle gently taps it down to covers for a single.
7.4
1
D Bravo to L Rahul, An overpitched ball on middle, Rahul whips it across the line through mid-wicket. Faf du Plessis circles around it from long on and keeps the batsmen down to just a run.
7.3
0
D Bravo to L Rahul, A low full toss this time, around off, Rahul pushes it back to the bowler.
7.2
1
D Bravo to C Gayle, Fullish and wide outside off, Gayle stretches out to keep it in the gap on the off side and picks up a run.
7.1
1
D Bravo to L Rahul, Bravo continues from 'round the wicket to the right-hander. Serves it on a length around middle and Rahul works it through mid-wicket for a run.

Strategic break! Much-needed break for Chennai. They have been slaughtered so far here by Rahul and Gayle. They need a wicket to slow down this carnage or they are in real possibility of going to the second place. If Punjab get 86 runs in the next 44 balls, Delhi will go to the first position on basis of net run rate. Punjab though are coasting and would love to do the same, even Delhi would love them to do so. It is Bravo to continue...

6.6
6
I Tahir to C Gayle, SIX! 16 runs off the last 3 balls of this over! A flighted googly on middle, Gayle waits and middles the ball. When he swings like that and middles them too, there is only one result. It ends up in the stands over long on. Huge over again, 17 runs off Tahir's first.
6.5
6
I Tahir to C Gayle, SIX! Flat six! A flighted ball outside off, Gayle smashes it right past the bowler to his right and hits the sightscreen. What power!
6.4
4
I Tahir to C Gayle, FOUR! Full toss and faster in speed this time. It is punished though. Gayle powers this through covers and pushes the ball wide of long off for a boundary.
6.3
0
I Tahir to C Gayle, Howzzat! Loud appeal but not given! A leg spinner on a shorter length and slower pace. Gayle looks to pull it way over deep mid-wicket. He misses and gets hit on the pads but that ball has spun too much and got him outside the line of leg stump. Good decision.
6.2
0
I Tahir to C Gayle, Flatter on the pads, Gayle paddles it towards short fine leg.
6.1
1
I Tahir to L Rahul, Crunched away! A flatter outside off, Rahul cuts it away to deep point for a run.

Imran Tahir comes into the attack right after the Powerplay!

5.6
0
D Bravo to C Gayle, Beaten! Quicker delivery, a touch short and outside off, Gayle tries powering it over the leg side but fails to make any connection. 8 from the over, 68/0 in the Powerplay and it's a rocketing start from the home team.
5.6
0
D Bravo to C Gayle, Another wide! It appears to be a plan to bowl wide to Gayle. But at the moment Bravo is not managing to keep it inside the tramline.
5.6
0
D Bravo to C Gayle, Wide! Bravo tries to stay away from Gayle's hitting zone but ends up serving it too wide outside off.
5.5
1
D Bravo to L Rahul, Driven towards the mid off region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
5.4
0
D Bravo to L Rahul, FOUR LEG BYES! Bravo decides to come from 'round the wicket and serves a good length delivery down the leg side. Rahul though fails to flick, it takes his pads and runs fine down the leg side for a boundary.
5.3
1
D Bravo to C Gayle, Very full and wide outside off, Gayle reaches out for it and digs it out towards point for one.
5.2
0
D Bravo to C Gayle, Swing and a miss! Back of a length delivery outside off, angling away from the batsman, Gayle winds up for a big shot across the line but fails to make any connection.
5.1
0
D Bravo to C Gayle, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.

Dwayne Bravo is into the attack.

4.6
0
D Chahar to L Rahul, Really full outside off, Rahul jams the ball away towards cover-point. Just 3 runs off this over, a quiet one.
4.5
2
D Chahar to L Rahul, Good fielding in the deep by Jadhav! A length ball on middle, Rahul hits this one wide of long on. The fielder in the deep runs to his left. Kedar pushes the ball in, in the nick of time and saves two runs for his side.
4.4
1
D Chahar to C Gayle, Ouch! The throw hits Gayle and Gayle bulges into the umpire. Also, that would have been out had the ball hit the stumps! A length ball outside off, pushed wide of mid off. Gayle decides to risk taking the single this time. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. The single is completed.
4.3
0
D Chahar to C Gayle, Slower one outside off, cut off the back foot but finds the fielder in the cover region again.
4.2
0
D Chahar to C Gayle, Punched off the back foot but straight to cover. A length ball outside off, Gayle stands tall in his crease before playing the shot.
4.1
0
D Chahar to C Gayle, Slower ball on the pads, Gayle works the ball towards the short fine leg fielder.
3.6
6
H Singh to L Rahul, SIX! Fifty for Rahul in just 19 balls, his 16th in the League. Wow, he has reached the milestone in the blink of an eye. Quicker and fuller delivery outside off, Rahul latches onto it and sends it packing over wide long off for a sixer. This is the third fastest half century this season. 41 in 2 overs from Harbhajan, he is a marked man.
3.5
0
H Singh to L Rahul, Appeal for an lbw! Not given. Tossed up ball landing outside off, Rahul goes down and across to play the slog sweep but misses. He seems to have got hit on the pads, they appeal but the umpire disagrees. The bowler wants it to be reviewed but Dhoni gestures that it hit Rahul's gloves. The replays confirm the same.
3.4
6
H Singh to L Rahul, SIX! 18 in the last over by Harbhajan and it's 18 already in this over with two balls to go. Full delivery, flighted and on off, Rahul dances down the track and lofts it over mid off for a maximum. 50 up for Punjab. A good catch there by the ball boy.
3.3
4
H Singh to L Rahul, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries. Bhajji continues to be on the shorter side, it's around middle and off, Rahul rocks back to make room and muscles it over mid on.
3.2
4
H Singh to L Rahul, FOUR! Turbanator under pressure. He drops it short and on off, Rahul attacks it with all his power and pummels it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
3.1
4
H Singh to L Rahul, MISFIELD, FOUR! A low full toss on off, Rahul forces his drive in the direction of Bravo at mid off and sets off for a run. Seeing that, the West Indian tries to attack the ball but then fails to pick it up. It goes right through and reaches the fence behind.
2.6
0
D Chahar to C Gayle, Another slower bouncer outside off, Gayle lets the ball go. Dhoni does not stop it properly as the ball goes off his pads but does not concede any run there.
2.5
0
D Chahar to C Gayle, Slower bouncer attempted but the ball does not rise at all. Gayle waits for the ball before easing it towards backward point.
2.4
1
D Chahar to L Rahul, Short of a length on middle, jabbed away to deep mid-wicket for a run off the back foot.
2.3
4
D Chahar to L Rahul, FOUR! Poor ball and dispatched! A short length ball on the hips, Rahul swivels and pulls this wide of short fine leg for a boundary. Easy pickings.
2.2
0
D Chahar to L Rahul, Slower one, really full on off. Rahul backs away and hits it towards cover.
2.1
4
D Chahar to L Rahul, FOUR! Brilliant shot! A yorker on the pads, flicked away past short fine leg. There is no chance for deep square leg to stop that one, brilliant timing.
1.6
1
H Singh to L Rahul, Knocks a full ball down through mid on for one. 18 from Harbhajan's first over!
1.5
6
H Singh to L Rahul, SIX! Brilliant shot from KL Rahul. Prior to this delivery, Harbhajan wanted to go from 'round the wicket but Dhoni advised him not to. The offie then serves an off spinner around off, turning back in, Rahul goes down and across before slogging it behind square leg for a maximum.
1.4
6
H Singh to L Rahul, SIX! High and handsome! Width on offer outside off, Rahul moves back to make more room and powers it over covers for a biggie. Excellent connection.
1.3
0
H Singh to C Gayle, Skidding down the leg side, Gayle fails to flick and it goes off his pads towards short fine leg. They steal a leg bye. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Harbhajan fails to collect it also and it travels towards long off after getting deflected. An overthrow is on offer but it's not taken.
1.2
0
H Singh to C Gayle, Flighted and full outside off, Gayle drives it with good timing but finds the cover fielder.
1.1
4
H Singh to C Gayle, FOUR! Gayle is off the mark with a boundary. Harbhajan delivers a quicker one on the pads of the batsman, Chris gets back and flicks it in the gap between square leg and short fine leg for a boundary.

Harbhajan Singh to share the new ball.

0.6
6
D Chahar to L Rahul, SIX! No, it will not be a maiden. The last ball travels into the stands. A short one from Chahar on off, Rahul stands and pulls this deep over mid-wicket. Huge!
0.5
0
D Chahar to L Rahul, Fuller on the pads, Rahul flicks the ball towards mid-wicket. 5 dots! Will it be a maiden?

Some problem with the seam of the ball... They are continuing with it for now though.

0.4
0
D Chahar to L Rahul, Slightly fuller on middle this time, Rahul times this one nicely as well but fails to find the gap as he hits the ball to mid on.
0.3
0
D Chahar to L Rahul, On a length outside off, defended towards cover.

STAT - In case Punjab score this total in 14.2 overs or fewer, Chennai's NRR will go under that of Delhi's and they will drop down to second place.

0.2
0
D Chahar to L Rahul, Shot! That sounded brilliant off the bat but you do not get runs for the sound. A length ball outside off, Rahul takes a stride ahead before crunching his drive straight to extra cover.
0.1
0
D Chahar to L Rahul, On a length outside off and some shape away from the right-hander, Rahul covers the swing and defends the ball.

We are back for the second innings. The Men in Yellow are in a huddle as the Punjab openers walks out to bat. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul it will be as usual. Deepak Chahar has the new ball in hand. Let's play...