Indian Premier League, 2021

Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings - Match 8

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Date & Time: 16 April 2021

Chennai Super Kings 107/4

RR: 6.83 | Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Ruturaj Gaikwad c Deepak Hooda & b Arshdeep Singhc Deepak Hooda & b Arshdeep Singh51600
Faf du Plessis not out not out 363331
Moeen Ali c Shahrukh Khan & b Murugan Ashwinc Shahrukh Khan & b Murugan Ashwin463171
Suresh Raina c KL Rahul (C) (W) & b Mohammed Shamic KL Rahul (C) (W) & b Mohammed Shami8910
Ambati Rayudu c Nicholas Pooran & b Mohammed Shamic Nicholas Pooran & b Mohammed Shami0100
Sam Curran not out not out 5410
Ravindra Jadeja
MS Dhoni
Dwayne Bravo
Shardul Thakur
Deepak Chahar
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 5, w 2, nb 0)
Total 107 (4 Wkts, 15.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
24-1 (Ruturaj Gaikwad,5), 90-2 (Moeen Ali,12.3), 99-3 (Suresh Raina,14.2), 99-4 (Ambati Rayudu,14.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mohammed Shami4 0 21 2 5.25
Jhye Richardson3 0 21 0 7.00
Arshdeep Singh2 0 7 1 3.50
Riley Meredith3.4 0 21 0 6.18
Murugan Ashwin3 0 32 1 10.67

That is it from this game! Chennai are back and have steamrolled through Punjab to get their first win of the season. Punjab have been handed a thumping loss here and will look to come back stronger from this game. The action in the league continues on Saturday, 17th April. As defending champions, Mumbai takes on 2016 champions and the side yet to win this season, Hyderabad. That game will begin at 1930 local (1400 GMT). That promises to be a cracking game. Make sure to join us for that one. Till then, goodbye and take care!

For his brilliant bowling display, Deepak Chahar is named the Player of the Match. Chahar says that the first wicket pleased him the most as it is a dream ball for every fast bowler as it hit the top of off after pitching on middle. Chahar says that he dreams of that ball. Chahar says he wanted to give fewer runs in the first over. Tells Jadeja is one of the best fielders and only he could have taken Gayle's catch. Chahar says he has the responsibility to bowl the first over and tells he sets the momentum for the game. Tells that Dhoni has shown faith in him. Chahar says as a bowler his plan is to always bowl dot balls and build pressure. 

Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni jokes that he is feeling old. Dhoni tells that it has been a long journey and they have played everywhere and adds it has been an interesting journey. Dhoni says that the last time they were happy with Chennai wicket was in 2011. Tells that the ball there does not come on nicely and tells it is difficult to play the big shot. Dhoni says that the wicket in Mumbai is very good but it depends on the conditions as well. Tells there was no dew tonight and the ball moved a lot. Dhoni says that when he is looking to attack he looks to bowl Chahar straightaway as he gets more purchase than anyone else. Tells they have more resources in the side. Dhoni says that they felt that if Moeen plays up in the order it sees them use their resources well. Dhoni says people will talk about who needs to bat where but they need to utilize their resources. Dhoni tells he thought it was high and says that the bowler's input is important to know the impact. Dhoni says that DRS is something to take away howlers from the game.

Stay tuned for the presentation as we hear from Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni and Deepak Chahar who without any surprise will be the Player of the Match.

Earlier in the evening, Deepak Chahar set the tone and laid the foundation for a win as he rattled through Punjab's batting. His 4/13 was just too much for Punjab to comeback from. It looked like Punjab would struggle to get to 75 when they were 26/5. Shahrukh Khan's 47 though gave the total some respectability but in the end, it was just not enough.

Chennai's star batter from the evening, Moeen Ali is caught for a chat. Moeen says that getting the win was the most important thing. Moeen says that his role is to enjoy himself and go out there and time it. Moeen tells he is enjoying the atmosphere and environment. Moeen says he enjoys batting in top 3. Adds batting at 7 is tough but he is happy to do what the team wants. Moeen says he is just practicing to play in good shape and he just looks to time it. Moeen says that it was a great time to bowl and he enjoyed it and he is happy to have got a wicket as well.

Punjab skipper, KL Rahul admits they started off poorly and it was always going to be hard to catch up after losing 5 wickets. Rahul says that the wicket was a lot more sticky and tacky than what it looked like. Credits the Chennai bowlers for bowling the right channel. Tells getting himself run out as a leader was not ideal. Adds the pitch was good enough for 150-160. Rahul says that they have pace in their attack and they want to use that. Tells Meredith and Jhye's performance were positives from this game. Tells they did not have a good first game as they probably were nervous but they executed well and kept the belief. Rahul says they would like to review themselves on the points they talk about. Tells if they have a situation like this then they would look to see how they can improve and learn from their mistakes. Adds it is T20 and there will be big runs barring a few games. 

Hardly anything to say about Punjab's bowling. They hardly had anything to bowl and defending 106 in Mumbai was never going to be very realistic. Richardson and Meredith impressed. Shami was the pick of the lot finishing with 2/21 in his 4. Murugan Ashwin and Arshdeep got one each but there just wasn't enough runs to play with.

Chasing a low total of 107, Gaikwad and Faf struggled initially but managed to put on 24 for the opening stand which was good enough for this chase. Gaikwad departed but Moeen looked in great touch since he walked in. His 46 from 31 balls put the game beyond any doubt. He departed with the finish on sight. Raina and Rayudu fell quickly too but it was not early enough to make the Chennai dugout panic as Faf was still out in the middle and managed to see the game off with Sam Curran.

A very comfortable chase for Chennai! They have managed to get their first win of the season and this performance has put out a statement for the rest of the league as well. They have managed to chase this just over 15 overs and that will see their net run rate shoot up nicely. A painful loss for Punjab. They have been outplayed, outclassed and outmuscled in all facets of the game.

Riley Meredith to Sam Curran, FOUR! Sam Curran finishes it in style! Short delivery on middle, Curran pulls it through square leg for a boundary. CHENNAI WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
Riley Meredith to Sam Curran, Back of a length on off, Curran taps it to point.
Riley Meredith to Sam Curran, Good length ball on off, Curran keeps it out.
Riley Meredith to Faf du Plessis, Length delivery on middle, du Plessis flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, Full on middle, du Plessis pushes it through mid on for a single.
Mohammed Shami to Sam Curran, Back of a length on off, Curran punches it through point for a single.
Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, Shami does not get the hat-trick. Full on middle, du Plessis drives it through mid on for a single.

Shami on a hat-trick. Who will walk out to bat now? It will be Sam Curran but he will be at the non striker's end.

Mohammed Shami to Ambati Rayudu, OUT! CAUGHT! Shami gets his second wicket! Short delivery outside off, Rayudu comes down the track and looks to go over covers but gets a top edge. It goes towards the fielder where Nicholas Pooran takes a comfortable catch.

Ambati Rayudu is the new man in.

Mohammed Shami to Suresh Raina, OUT! CAUGHT! Raina departs to the short ball. This will not affect the outcome of the game but might see Raina being peppered with a lot of short stuff. It is close to the body. Raina looks to pull but gloves it to KL Rahul. He takes a simple catch.
Mohammed Shami to Suresh Raina, Length delivery on middle, Raina looks to pull but gets a top edge. It lands safely towards mid-wicket. Two runs taken.
Riley Meredith to Faf du Plessis, Short of a length on middle, du Plessis pulls it to mid-wicket.

The umpires have taken it upstairs to check if it is the second bouncer of the over. It is a fair delivery and Punjab have reviewed it. 

Riley Meredith to Faf du Plessis, NOT OUT! There is no glove on it and the ball is not short enough for it to be a No Ball! Meredith bangs it short around the body on the leg side. Du Plessis looks to pull but there is some sound as it goes to the keeper. The umpires get together to check if it is the second bouncer of the over. Replay rolls and the T.V. umpire finds the ball not to be too short. Punjab then review for the catch. It shows that there is no involvement of bat or glove.
Riley Meredith to Suresh Raina, Length delivery on leg, Raina flicks it through square leg for a single.
Riley Meredith to Suresh Raina, Short delivery on leg, Raina looks to pull but gets it off the bottom part of the bat. It goes towards the keeper.
Riley Meredith to Suresh Raina, PLAY AND A MISS! Short delivery outside off, Raina looks to cut but misses it.
Riley Meredith to Suresh Raina, Bouncer on leg, Raina ducks under it.
Riley Meredith to Suresh Raina, WIDE! Bouncer on middle, Raina does well to duck under it.
Murugan Ashwin to Suresh Raina, Short outside off, Raina punches it to the off side and keeps the strike. Just 12 needed now.
Murugan Ashwin to Suresh Raina, FOUR! Raina is off the mark in style! Flighted around off, Raina gets on his front foot and creams it through mid off for a boundary.
Murugan Ashwin to Suresh Raina, Flat and short wide outside off. Raina looks to get there but misses. 

Suresh Raina is the new man in!

Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, OUT! CAUGHT! Straight to the man at deep mid-wicket. Moeen has done his job here. Floated on middle, it is the wrong 'un again. Moeen once again looks to slog it over on the leg side This time he does not get under it and hits it straight to Shahrukh Khan at deep mid-wicket. He has had a good game and he takes a simple catch. Murugan has something to smile about.
Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, Darted fuller and wide outside off. Moeen looks to play but misses. 
Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, SIX! BOOM! Moeen is in the zone now. Murugan is guity of bowing in the slot on off. Moeen heaves it against the spin over the cow corner region for a biggie. 

Change in bowling. Murugan Ashwin is back on!

Jhye Richardson to Moeen Ali, Back of a length ball on off, Moeen guides it down to third man for a run. Another 10-run over.
Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, Shortish and on off, stopping a bit onto the batsman, du Plessis plays a mistimed shot in the air but it safely goes to long on for a run.
Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, FOUR! Slower one, full and around off, du Plessis picks it early and blazes his drive past the diving wide mid off fielder for a boundary.
Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, FOUR OVERTHROWS! Good length ball around middle and off, du Plessis makes room and drives it to mid off. He comes out of the crease in search of a run but is sent back. The fielder misses his shy at the striker's end. KL Rahul behind the stumps gets wrong-footed and fails to back it up. A boundary results as Shami fails to stop it with his boot in the deep.
Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, A slower one, on a length and wide outside off, du Plessis throws his bat at it but misses.
Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, Fullish ball around off, Faf flicks it on the leg side and the big man, CHRIS GAYLE, dives to stop the ball. Jonty Rhodes, the fielding coach, is happy.  He wants commitment.
Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Gorgeous from Moeen! Ends the over in style. 10 off it and Chennai are probably looking to finish this quickly and shoot up their net run rate. Shami overpitches it on off, Moeen says thank you for the gift and creams it through extra cover for a boundary.
Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, Very well bowled and very well played as well. Yorker on middle, Moeen does well to jam it out. 
Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, Good shot! Fullish on middle and leg, Moeen drives it very nicely to the left of long on and gets a brace. 
Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, Good length delivery now on top of middle. Moeen keeps it out.
Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Crunched! This time Moeen gets hold of it. Another short one from Shami. Moeen stays deep in his crease and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, Good ball! Shami hits the deck hard and makes the ball bounce skiddily off the surface. Moeen does well to sway away from it and keeps his bat down.