Indian Premier League, 2019
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Date & Time: 05 May 2019
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.
Sam Curran is in next.
Imran Tahir comes back on now. 2-0-21-0 so far.
Ravindra Jadeja to bowl now.
Mandeep Singh walks out at number 5.
Imran Tahir is back on.
Mayank Agarwal walks in next. He will face the hat-trick ball.
Nicholas Pooran is the new man in.
Harbhajan Singh comes back onto bowl now.
The seam of the delivery seems to be coming off... the umpire cuts it and gives it back to Dhoni.
Deepak Chahar to bowl out.
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...
Imran Tahir comes into the attack right after the Powerplay!
Dwayne Bravo is into the attack.
Harbhajan Singh to share the new ball.
Some problem with the seam of the ball... They are continuing with it for now though.
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.
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...