IPL 2019 Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab Match 18 Highlights: Chennai Super Kings held their nerves to outclass Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as KL Rahul (55 off 47) and Sarfaraz Khan’s (67 off 59) laborious efforts went in vain at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Saturday. Despite getting off to a horrible start in their chase of 161, Punjab opener Rahul and Sarfaraz stitched an excellent 110-run stand for the third wicket. The duo didn’t attack the Chennai spinners in the slog overs and waited for the seamers to come in, but their decision backfired as the required run-rate mounted to 16 in the last few overs. With just seven runs on board, Punjab lost opener Chris Gayle (5) and Mayank Agarwal (0) cheaply, thanks to Harbhajan Singh who accounted for both the wickets in the second over. However, Rahul and Sarfaraz then denied Chennai to make any further inroads as the duo played some sensible cricket and went on to forge a crucial partnership. At one stage, Punjab looked in a position to clinch the game as their scoreboard read 105/2 in 15 overs, but Harbhajan and Imran Tahir’s economical 16th and 17th overs further raised the required run-rate. (SCORECARD) Also Read - Rajasthan Royals IPL 2021 Full Schedule, Match Timings, Fixtures, Venues, Squad - All You Need to Know

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19.38 IST: Chennai Super Kings (160/3) beat Kings XI Punjab (138/5) by 22 runs at Chepauk. Safaraz 67, Harbhajan 2/17, Kuggeleijn 2/37

19.32 IST: OUT! Deepak Chahar removes David Millier for 6. Lock, stock and barrel. No Killer Miller show tonight. The virtue of keeping it full and straight. You miss, I hit. Full and in line of the stumps, Miller swings hard, only to miss. The stumps are a mess. The over which began so badly, has ended nicely for Chahar and Chennai. Kings XI Punjab 135/4 in 19 overs, need 26 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (160/3)

19.25 IST: NO BALL! FOUR! Is this the point from where the momentum swings? The first ball of a new spell, Chahar looks for something different, trying a back of a hand slower ball. Punjab 126/3 in 18 overs, need 35 runs to win vs Chennai (160/3)

19.23 IST: FOUR! That is an incredible strike! A fuller length ball outside off, Miller sees the ball and tonks it right back past the bowler. No chance for long off to reach that one.

19.20 IST: OUT! Scott Kuggeleijn removes KL Rahul for 55. Something had to give in and it has! Rahul holes out at deep mid-wicket! This is a huge blow for Punjab and the Chennai crowd has gotten even louder. A short ball dug in hard almost halfway down the track, Rahul fails to middle his pull. It goes off the top half of his bat and flies high towards deep mid-wicket. Jadeja there comes in a bit and takes a really safe catch. Brilliant result for Chennai, they’re tightening the noose on the visitors now. KXIP 117/3 in 17.3 overs, need 44 runs to win vs CSK (160/3)

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19.12 IST: FIFTY for KL Rahul! A tossed up delivery death nicely by Rahul, drives this to mid on region for a run and this single brings up 50 for Rahul.

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19.07 IST: FIFTY! Sarfaraz Khan smashes maiden IPL half-century. This has been a good innings from the youngster but the job is not done yet he needs to see his side home. He gets to this landmark by nudging it to long off for a single. Kings XI Punjab 102/2 in 14.3 overs, need 59 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (160/3)

18.58 IST: That’s what Dhoni has done throughout his life and he shows us his exceptional skills here. Rahul has to be lucky here. Rahul just tickles this tossed up ball on his pads to the on side. Dhoni behind goes to his left, collects the ball and throws it on the stumps without even looking. The ball hits the stumps but the bails are not dislodged. Replays show that Rahul was well short. Punjab 95/2 in 12.5 overs vs Chennai (160/3)

18.56 IST: Hold on! Lots of confusion here! Rahul was looking for a quick single and is sent back late. Dhoni flicks the ball onto the stumps but the bails have not come off. The third umpire has taken it upstairs though…

18.54 IST: SIX! What a brilliant shot from Sarfaraz, this boy has some serious talent. Beautiful shot! Full length delivery on off, Sarfaraz gets on his front foot and handsomely lofts it over long off for a maximum. He has decided to go after Kuggeleijn. KXIP 91/2 in 12 overs, need 70 runs to win vs CSK (160/3)

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18.51 IST: FOUR! Cheeky from Sarfaraz! Fuller delivery outside off, Khan gets on one knee and scoops it over Dhoni’s head for a boundary.

18.48 IST: Tidy over from Jadeja, just 4 off it. A short of a good length delivery on off, Sarfaraz waits for it on his back foot and wrists it towards the mid-wicket region for another single. Kings XI Punjab 75/2 in 11 overs, need 86 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (160/3)

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18.40 IST: FOUR! Two boundaries from the over, 12 off it – big one for the visitors. Jadeja bowls it quick to Rahul, who punches it off the back foot through the point region for a boundary. The fielder in the deep tries to save it from going to the fence and also gets his hand to it but could not stop it from going over. Punjab 67/2 in 9 overs, need 94 runs to win vs Chennai (160/3)

18.36 IST: FOUR! Excellent shot and boundary to end the over. Shorter around off, Sarfaraz cuts it through point. Harbhajan Singh in the deep gives it a chase by running to his left and putting in a dive but the ball beats him to the fence. KXIP 55/2 in 8 overs, need 106 runs to win vs CSK (160/3)

18.25 IST: SIX! Not the start Kuggeleijn wanted. Sarfarz has welcomed him into the league with a maximum. Fuller delivery outside off, Sarfaraz lofts it over the vacant deep cover region. The ball just about touches the ropes. Six signalled. Kings XI Punjab 41/2 in 5.2 overs, need 120 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (160/3)

18.23 IST: SIX! This is a brilliant strike from Rahul. A short pitch delivery on middle, Chahar slowers his speed considering slowness of the wicket. Rahul was already waiting for it on his back foot and flicks it above the mid-wicket boundary for maximum. Punjab 35/2 in 5 overs, need 126 runs to win vs Chennai (160/3)

18.19 IST: FOUR! Beautiful shot! A fuller delivery by Chahar and Rahul applies full face of the bat and drives it past the bowler towards the long on region for a boundary.

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18.09 IST: OUT! That is the second wicket in the over, Mayank Agarwal departs for naught! Harbhajan is pumped up and so is the Chennai crowd! A flighted ball on middle, Mayank Agarwal looks to come down the track and hit it over long on but fails to reach the pitch of the ball. Agarwal though goes through with the shot and fails to hit it long. The ball goes high and Faf du Plessis at long on settles under the ball and completes a good catch. A double-wicket maiden! The hosts are right on top here. Kings XI Punjab 7/2 in 2 overs, need 154 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (160/3)

18.07 IST: OUT! Harbhajan Singh removes Chris Gayle for 5. Bhajji strikes in his very first over and the dangerous Gayle is back in the hut. Just the kind of start Chennai wanted. The fans here are going bonkers. The ploy to give the new ball to Harbhajan has worked. Flighted delivery outside off, the ball spins slightly away after pitching. Gayle swings his bat and gets a feather on it. Dhoni behind the stumps, makes no mistake and takes the catch. He goes up in celebration. Gayle thinks about the review but does not take it. It was a good decision as the Snickometer later on shows there was a big spike as the ball went past the blade.

18.04 IST: FOUR! Gayle is off the mark. Length ball outside off, Gayle tries to cut but gets an outside edge over point for a boundary. KXIP 7/0 in 1 over vs CSK (160/3)

17.57 IST: We are back for the chase. KL Rahul and Chris Gayle walk out to open for Punjab. The new ball meanwhile is in the hands of Deepak Chahar. 161 to win for the away side, ‘Let’s play’ says the umpire. Here we go!!!

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17.52 IST: Faf du Plessis says he is happy to be playing again and at the home ground. Reckons it is nice to play after staying out few games. Feels that it is a par score and hopes that their spinners can do the job. Informs us that it is a two-paced wicket and they have an extra spinner which might help them in the second innings.

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17.45 IST: Ends with a full ball on the pads, Dhoni flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a run. 14 runs from the last over and 44 runs from the last three. This could prove vital for Chennai in the end. Chennai Super Kings 160/3 in 20 overs vs Kings XI Punjab. Du Plessis 54, Dhoni 37*, Ashwin 3/23

17.42 IST: FOUR! Dhoni is hitting them everywhere. This time it’s a short ball so Dhoni rocks back and pulls it behind square for a boundary. CSK 159/3 in 19.5 overs vs KXIP

17.40 IST: SIX! Rayudu goes big this time, he gets into the act. It’s also the 50 partnership between the two. Shami bowls a length ball on middle, Rayudu clears his front leg and muscles it over long on for a maximum.

17.38 IST: FOUR! Curran errs in length again. Delivers a half-volley on middle and MSD again gets under the ball and goes through mid-wicket. The ball goes to the rope on a few bounces. Shami at deep mid-wicket does not pick that up and reacts late, allowing the boundary. CSK 144/3 in 18.5 overs vs KXIP

17.35 IST: SIX! That has brought the crowd alive! An attempted yorker on the pads goes wrong. It ends up being a full length ball and Dhoni gets under it, deposits it deep into the empty stands at deep mid-wicket. Huge!

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17.30 IST: FOUR! That’s powered straight down the ground. Tye bowls a full ball on off, Dhoni powers it straight back towards the bowler and the ball reaches the fence in a jiffy. Chennai 126/3 in 17.5 overs vs Punjab

17.22 IST:  Strategic break! Chennai were coasting along with just one wicket lost and looked like they got the perfect platform for the final flourish. The local lad, Ravi Ashwin though has picked a couple of wickets in the same over and that too of both the set batsmen. The current duo of MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu which is out in the middle will have to get their eyes in quickly and also go for quick runs in the last five overs. Punjab meanwhile will hope to bowl dot balls and also pick wickets to restrict Chennai to as low as possible. Andrew Tye to bowl after the break. CSK 110/3 in 16 overs vs KXIP

17.15 IST: FOUR! First boundary for Rayudu. Shami bowls it full outside off, Rayudu goes on the back foot and drives it on the up towards cover. The ball goes above the covers and Miller runs behind to stop the ball but the ball reaches the fence. Boundary signaled.

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17.07 IST: OUT! R Ashwin removes Suresh Raina 17., OUT! Two in two! Cleans Raina all ends up! A flatter one on middle, lands and straightens slightly. Raina goes for a swipe across the line coming on his knee but fails to put bat on ball. It goes on to disturb the timber! Raina’s struggling innings in the middle comes to an end. He never looked in peace out there. Ashwin is pumped up and the crowd is silent here! Hat-trick ball coming up!  Chennai Super Kings 100/3 in 14 overs vs Kings XI Punjab 

17.05 IST: OUT! Ashwin removes Faf du Plessis for 54. Faf holes out! The second wicket for Ashwin and his 50th in Chennai. A carrom ball landing on off, du Plessis looks to get under it and lift it over long on. He does not get enough power and ends up giving a simple catch into the hands of David Miller at long on. Huge relief for Punjab! Chennai 100/2 in 13.3 overs vs Punjab

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16.59 IST: SIX! Fifty for Faf du Plessis and he gets there in some style. Murugan Ashwin bowls it on his pads, Faf gets on his knees and slops sweeps it flat over the backward square leg fence. Chennai Super Kings 95/1 in 12.2 overs vs Kings XI Punjab

16.56 IST: SIX! Down the track and the full flow of the bat! Boom! The secret was to try not to over hit the ball there. A flighted ball on middle, du Plessis runs down the track and lifts it over the bowler’s head. It goes over the rope. CSK 85/1 in 11.2 overs vs KXIP

16.48 IST: FOUR! Excellent placement! A length ball wide outside off, Raina just reaches out and puts the ball in the gap past the short third man fielder to his left. No chance stopping that once it beat that man.

16.38 IST: OUT! R Ashwin removes Shane Watson for 26. The local lad strikes and Watson has to depart. This was a slower ball on middle, Watson goes on his knees and slog sweeps it over square leg. Sam Curran at deep mid-wicket, runs to his right and takes a good catch. Watson goes for 26. That’s the opening that Punjab needed. Can they keep the momentum going and stop the run scoring? Chennai Super Kings 56/1 in 7.2 overs vs Kings XI Punjab

16.30 IST: Strategic break! After a sedate start in the first couple of overs, the two Chennai openers have pressed the gas pedal. They have picked up boundaries at will in the last few overs and added 50-plus at the end of the Powerplay. Chennai will look to accelerate even further from here on whereas Punjab will desperately look for a breakthrough to slow down things. If they don’t get one soon, they could on a leather hunt today! Meanwhile, it is Murugan Ashwin to bowl after the break.

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16.25 IST: DROPPED! Sam Curran drops a catch in his followthrough. It was hit back hard by Watson. Bowls a back of the hand slower ball, Watson drives it straight back to Curran who gets his fingers to it and the ball hits back on his chest. He is in some pain there but looks fine. Chennai 51/0 in 5.3 overs vs Punjab

16:21 IST: SIX!! That has just been lifted by du Plessis as he uses his blessed, magical wrists. A full-length ball on middle and leg, Faf clears his front leg before putting this deep over the long on boundary.

16:15 IST: The hosts have gotten off to a fair start, after four overs, they are 29 without loss.

16:11 IST: FOUR! A length ball on middle, du Plessis preempts and runs down the track before lifting this over mid off for a boundary. Good timing!

16:05 IST: First over gone, five runs from it for the hosts CSK. Ravichandran Ashwin to bowl next.

16:01 IST: Faf Du Plessis and Shane Watson are the opening batsmen for Chennai. The fielders are in position and the new ball is in the hands of Mohammed Shami.

15:31 IST: CSK wins the toss, opts to bat first.

15:15 IST: Toss takes place in 15 minutes, stay tuned!

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Brief Preview: After a disappointing loss to Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings will aim to return to winning ways when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. Despite a fine start to their campaign, the defending champions lost the plot against Mumbai, thanks to Hardik Pandya’s all-round effort. Chennai may have won their first three matches, but the yellow brigade looked helpless in their last game and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will certainly try to bounce back against Punjab at home.

Chennai lacked a death over specialist against Mumbai as the bowlers leaked 48 runs in just the last two overs and the team management will have to look for a solution. Dhoni made a change in his team against Mumbai and is likely to revert back to their original playing eleven, which was fruitful for Chennai in the first three games.

Dhoni, who had added an extra pacer in Mohit Sharma, may look to bring back either Harbhajan Singh or Mitchell Santner for the match in Chepauk, which has assisted the spinners this season.

Moreover, barring Kedhar Jadhav, no other batsman clicked against Mumbai which was also a major reason for their loss. However, playing at home would be an added advantage and looking at their batting line-up which features Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo among others, Punjab should not take the yellow brigade lightly in their fortress.

On the other hand, Punjab have also performed decently so far having won three of their four affairs. But skipper Ravichandran Ashwin must be knowing that Chennai is an extremely difficult team to beat at home.

Ashwin didn’t include opener and self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle in the last game against Delhi Capitals as the opener was said to have been stiff. But Ashwin will look to bring back the senior pro in a high-voltage game. Looking at Chennai’s average bowling attack, Gayle could be the perfect man to open the innings for KXIP. Also, David Miller, Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan add depth to Punjab’s batting line-up but will have to come out with something special to handle the Chennai bowlers in their own backyard.

In the bowling department, Punjab could add Varun Chakravarthy in the team as the mystery spinner has played his whole life at the Chepauk and knows the track better than most. Chakravarthy was expensive against Kolkata and was made to sit out in the next two games after conceding 35 runs from three overs. However, the spinner has the ability to turn things around, moreover at home.

Squads: Chennai Super Kings: M.S. Dhoni (Captain/wicket-keeper), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K.M. Asif, Deepak Chahar, N. Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleign.

Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye, Karun Nair, Sam Curran, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar