IPL 2021: Deepak Chahar’s four-for, Moeen Ali’s cameo assist CSK hammer PBKS for first win of season
Mumbai: Deepak Chahar produced an outstanding opening spell to assist Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) beat Punjab Kings (PBKS) by six wickets to register their first victory within the 14th version of the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Friday.
After medium-pacer Chahar’s 4 for 13 enabled CSK to limit the Punjab group to a below-par 106 for eight, Moeen Ali (46, 31 balls, 7x4s, 1×6) placed on 66 runs for the second wicket with opener Faf du Plessis (36 not out, 33 balls, 3X4s, 1X6) to safe the win for the three-time champions.
CSK completed at 107 for 4 in 15.4 overs with Sam Curran (5 not out) scoring the profitable runs.
With the goal in sight, CSK misplaced the wickets of Suresh Raina (8) and Ambati Rayudu (0) to Mohammed Shami (2/21) in consecutive balls within the fifteenth over.
Ali opened up after a reasonably cautious begin, and performed some beautiful drives and in addition hit a giant six. He holed out to Shahrukh Khan within the deep off leggie Murugan Ashwin (1/32) with CSK needing 17 runs for victory.
Arshdeep Singh supplied the early breakthrough for Punjab, when he had a struggling Ruturaj Gaikwad (5) caught at deep midwicket.
Nonetheless, the Aussie tempo duo of Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith couldn’t make a lot of an impression for the second consecutive recreation.
Earlier, Chahar rocked the Punjab batting line-up with an outstanding four-over spell throughout which he picked up 4 wickets, together with that of ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle.
Aiming to bounce again after being outclassed by Delhi Capitals of their opening match, CSK bowlers justified skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s determination to bowl first by lowering Punjab to 26 for 4 within the powerplay (first six overs) after which to 26 for 5 earlier than Shahrukh (47 off 36, 4X4s, 2X6s) led a quick revival.
Chahar began the Punjab slide within the very first over by sending again Mayank Agarwal (0) with a magnificence which nipped away from center stump to hit the off stump.
Chahar stored up the strain and elevated CSK’s woes along with his consistency and conceded solely two fours in his four-over spell.
In-form Punjab skipper KL Rahul (5) was run-out by an excellent direct hit from Ravindra Jadeja, who was fielding at short-cover, because the batsman tried to scramble for a single.
Jadeja was within the act within the fifth over once more, grabbing an outstanding catch, diving full-length to dismiss Gayle for 10 to offer Chahar his second wicket.
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Nicholas Pooran bagged his second straight duck, pulling a brief supply straight into the arms of Shardul Thakur at long-leg.
Deepak Hooda (10), who performed a blinder in Punjab’s first match towards Rajasthan Royals, couldn’t repeat his heroics, lobbing a easy catch to du Plessis because the group slipped to 26 for 5 within the seventh over.
Tamil Nadu power-hitter Shahrukh was the one Punjab batsman to make an impression earlier than falling to Sam Curran within the last over as CSK have been throughout their opponents.
Shahrukh and Richardson (15, 22 balls, 2x4s) added 31 runs for the sixth wicket, in what was one of the best partnership of the innings.
Ashwin (6) then added 30 runs along with his Tamil Nadu teammate Khan to assist Punjab’s trigger in an in any other case nightmarish night for them.
Curran (1/12), Moeen (1/17), Dwayne Bravo (1/10) have been the opposite wicket-takers for CSK.
Dhoni, taking part in his 2 hundredth recreation for CSK, received the toss and selected to bowl.
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