IPL 2018, Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, highlights: Dhoni 79* in vain, CSK lose by 4 runs to KXIP

MS Dhoni held the key as he blasted 79* but it went in vain as Chennai Super Kings lost by four runs to Kings XI Punjab in a thriller at Mohali. Chennai Super Kings did not recover from the loss of early wickets and it took a solid stand between Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni to keep Chennai Super Kings in the hunt. Earlier, Chris Gayle’s brilliant 63 and some solid hitting from KL Rahul and Karun Nair helped Kings XI punjab to 197/7. Get highlights of Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2018, here. 


00:04 hrs IST: That is all from us here. Join us tomorrow for the game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils tomorrow.

00:03 hrs IST: Chris Gayle, Man of the Match: I got a text this morning that I would be playing. I am very happy that I have got off to a winning start. I am feeling like 25, the Universe Boss is back.

23:59 hrs IST: Ashwin: I felt there was a lot of dew, but overall the bowling went well. It was crucial to get Rayudu at that point of the game.

23:56 hrs IST: MS Dhoni: Chris innings in the first innings and Mujeeb’s bowling made a difference. It was a close game . We will be a safe fielding team and not be an exceptional one. We have to be smart while bowling. We want to keep cutting boundaries here and there and that can make a difference. All the games we have been part of were close so individuals would have learnt from that.

23:48 hrs IST: Dhoni blasts a four and a six but it is not enough as CSK lose by four runs to KXIP. Brave effort from the skipper but in the end, KXIP hold their nerve to seal a thrilling win.

23:39 hrs IST: Another massive six and CSK need 17 off 6. Yet another humdinger. Mohit Sharma to bowl the last over.

23:36 hrs IST: SIX -He has blasted that over deep mid wicket and then upper-cuts a short ball over short third man for a boundary.

23:34 hrs IST: WICKET - Andrew Tye bowls another full ball outside off, Jadeja slices the lofted drive and Ashwin takes a high catch at long off. Ravindra Jadeja c Ashwin b Tye 19 (13).

23:33 hrs IST: A six by Dhoni and then he brings up his 18th fifty. Jadeja blasts a six and 19 runs come off Mohit Sharma’s over. CSK need 36 off 12.

23:24 hrs IST: Dhoni pummels a full ball down the ground as he nears a fifty but it is looking mission impossible for CSK.

23:20 hrs IST: Dhoni is getting another massage from the physio. 67 off 24 is not an impossible task but Mohali is a different proposition than Chepauk or Wankhede.

23:12 hrs IST: The asking rate is now 15. CSK are facing an uphill battle

23:10 hrs IST: SIX - Dhoni at his best. Seizes up to a full and flat legbreak from Ashwin and he mauls it over deep mid wicket. He needs many more of these.

23:06 hrs IST: WICKET - Uphill task for CSK now. Fantastic fielding from Ashwin at extra cover as Rayudu misses a fifty and is run-out for 49. A huge setback. The batsman had driven hard to extra cover but Dhoni is possibly struggling with a lower back issue. Ambati Rayudu run-out (Ashwin) 49 (35).

23:01 hrs IST: Another great over from Ashwin. Just six runs and CSK need 91 off 42 balls.

22:59 hrs IST: Dhoni is getting some treatment for his lower back. Can he hang in? CSK’s asking rate is over 12.

22:55 hrs IST: The partnership between Dhoni and Rayudu is nearing 50. Can CSK pull it off again?

22:49 hrs IST: Rayudu finds a boundary to the third man fence. The partnership between Dhoni and Rayudu holds the key in the chase.

22:41 hrs IST: Brilliant stuff this from Dhoni. The quicker legbreak outside off, Dhoni hangs back and late cuts it past backward point for a classy boundary. Chennai Super Kings need 117 off 66 balls.

22:38 hrs IST: Dhoni gets going with a strong cut off Yuvraj Singh to deep backward point. Rayudu latches on to a full legbreak from Ashwin to clatter it to the deep mid wicket fence.

22:32 hrs IST: WICKET - Brilliant review from Ashwin. He was confident that there was no bat. Flighted ball on off and middle stump, Billings moves to the off side and attempts the sweep, the umpire signals it as runs but KXIP take the review, replays show no bat and Ashwin gets the big wicket of Billings. Sam Billings LBW Ashwin 9 (8).

22:26 hrs IST: FOUR! Billing directs Mujjeb to fine leg for a fine four. CSK 53/2 in 6 overs.

22:23 hrs IST: Sam Billings is the new batsman at the crease. CSK 46/2 in 5 overs

22:20 hrs IST: OUT! Vijay c Barinder b Andrew Tye 12(10) [6s-1] CSK 39/2 (4.1 Ovs)

That is a big blow! Both CSK openers are back in the dug out. Tye used the knuckle ball as Vijay came down the pitch but his shot is not powerful enough. Sran takes an easy catch at mid-off.

22:14 hrs IST: Mohit Sharma continues from the other end. He has been dealt with a classy four at long-on by Ambati Rayudu

22:11 hrs IST: Brilliant over! Vijay releases the pressure after Watson’s departure. He goes after Barinder Sran. First, Vijay drives through mid-off and then hits a big six! CSK 31/1 in 3 overs

22:07 hrs IST: OUT! Watson c Barinder b Mohit Sharma 11(9) [4s-2] CSK 17/1 (2.1 Ovs)

The slower one does the damage to Watson. He tries to sweep but is caught at short-fine leg. KXIP would be loving it.

22:05 hrs IST: Is this early signs of the things to come? Watson fires a couple of fours against Mohit Sharma.

22:00 hrs IST: Chennai Super Kings have started well in the first over. Nine runs with Barinder Sran struggling for control

21:45 hrs IST: Kings XI Punjab have ended on 197/7 after 20 overs. Once again, Chennai Super Kings have to chase a big total. Can they be third time lucky?

21:37 hrs IST: WICKET - Dwayne Bravo gets Karun Nair as he mistimes a lofted shot off a slower ball to long on. Can CSK restrict KXIP to under 200?

21:32 hrs IST: WICKET - Ashwin hits a six but is out next ball. Short ball and Ashwin makes room to pull it but gets an edge to Dhoni. Ashwin c Dhoni b Thakur 14 (11).

21:27 hrs IST: Karun Nair gets KXIP’s run-rate over 10. He blasts a full toss over deep mid wicket and Jadeja palms it over the fence while he glances a full ball to fine leg.

21:23 hrs IST: No boundaries have been hit in the last 14 balls. Chennai Super Kings have ensured that the run-rate has come down to under 10 for the first time in this innings.

21:17 hrs IST: WICKET - CSK are fighting back here. Short ball angled in just outside off, Yuvraj looks to ramp it over third man but ends up getting an edge to Dhoni. Yuvraj Singh c Dhoni b Shardul 20 (13).

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