IPL 2021: Punjab beat Chennai by 6 wickets
KL Rahul, Chris Jordan star as PBKS beat CSK to keep playoff hopes technically alive
IPL 2021: MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings lost their third successive league match ahead of playoffs after suffering a 6-wicket defeat at the hands of KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings on Thursday.
Punjab Kings beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets on Thursday
Rahul played a captain’s knock in Punjab’s convincing win in Dubai
This is Chennai Super Kings third successive defeat in the league stage
Punjab Kings rode on a solid KL Rahul knock and an all-round bowling effort to register a convincing 6-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings to keep playoff hopes technically alive. Chasing 135 for the win, Rahul remained unbeaten on 98 and single-handedly helped Punjab Kings gun down the target in the 13th over.
Rahul hit seven fours and eight sixes during his scintillating 98-run knock. Meanwhile, CSK have now lost three matches in a row. PBKS still have an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Punjab will hope KKR loses big tonight and then Mumbai loses tomorrow.
Earlier, Punjab Kings restricted Chennai Super Kings to 134 for 6 despite Faf du Plessis’ 76 off 55 balls after opting to bowl first on a sluggish track in Dubai on Thursday. Faf’s fighting half-century was responsible for Chennai’s fighting total after Arshdeep Singh (2/35) and Chris Jordan (2/20) ran through CSK’s batting order.
For Punjab, leggie Ravi Bishnoi was impressive in a spell of 4-0-25-1 which included the scalp of CSK captain MS Dhoni. Mohammed Shami, in particular, was hard to play. His first spell of three was brilliant, as he conceded only six runs. Left-arm pacer Arshdeep continued to impress and got the wickets of the in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad (12) and Moeen Ali (0).
Du Plessis waged a lone battle, ensuring that the Punjab bowlers did not run away with the game with a hard-working half-century. The former South Africa captain hit two more sixes, one-off Arshdeep and one off Mohammad Shami in the final over to give a much-needed push to the CSK innings towards the end.