Captain KL Rahul set the stage on fire with the bat as Punjab Kings (PBKS) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets in Match 53. The right-hander hammered an unbeaten 98 off 42 balls, hitting 7 fours and 8 sixes, as PBKS, who needed 135 runs to win, chased down the target in 13 overs.
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First Innings: CSK vs PBKS
Mohammed Shami’s fifth ball thudded into Ruturaj Gaikwad’s gloves and discomfited him. Arshdeep Singh then targeted Gaikwad’s left shoulder with a similar sharp lifter and had him miscuing a pull to midwicket for 12 off 14 balls. By the time Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu were also bested by short balls, Super Kings were 42 for 4 in the ninth over.
MS Dhoni threatened to break free when he crunched a legbreak from Ravi Bishnoi to the cover boundary, but the spinner struck back to take out Dhoni with a wrong’un. Kings XI’s attack subdued Ravindra Jadeja as well, keeping him to 15 off 17 balls, but Faf du Plessis got on top of them in the slog overs. After reaching 50 off 46 balls, du Plessis looked spent, but quickly jumped into top gear, walloping three fours and two sixes in his next eight balls. du Plessis also lined up Shami, who had looked unhittable in the powerplay, before the quick pounded the pitch once again and had the batter top-edging a pull for 76 off 55 balls.
Second Innings: CSK vs PBKS
Super Kings had smashed 52 off their last five overs to give their attack something to bowl at, but Punjab Kings hit nearly as many (51) in the powerplay itself to regain control. Rahul went on a boundary-hitting spree from the get-go – like he used to do back in the day. He was particularly brutal on Deepak Chahar, taking him for 34 off just 12 balls.
Rahul surged to his half-century off 25 balls, and eventually finished the chase with a six, his eighth overall on Thursday, handing Super Kings their third successive defeat.
Punjab Kings 139/4 (KL Rahul 98*, Aiden Markram 13; Shardul Thakur 3/28) beat Chennai Super Kings 134/6 (Faf du Plessis 76, Ravindra Jadeja 15; Chris Jordan 2/20, Arshdeep Singh 2/35) by 6 wickets.
Man of the Match: KL Rahul