Kings XI Punjab 197-7 (Chris Gayle 63, KL Rahul 37, Imran Tahir 2-34) beat Chennai Super Kings 193-5 (MS Dhoni 50, Ambati Rayudu 49) by 4 runs
Kings XI Punjab clinched their second win of the VIVO IPL 2018 after they defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 4 runs. Batting first, KXIP rode on Chris Gayle’s half-century and contributions from several of their batsmen to post a challenging 197-7.
Early wickets by the KXIP bowlers put the visitors under pressure very early in the run-chase. But MS Dhoni launched an unbelievable onslaught in the last three overs to bring his team back into the contest. Despite Dhoni’s blitz, CSK finished their 20 overs at 193-5 – five runs of what they needed.
It was yet another close encounter but Dhoni single-handedly made it so. It could have been a thumping win for Punjab otherwise.
There is a lot left in the former Indian captain’s tank for sure and this knock is a testament to that. Punjab’s pacers need to do a lot better at the death; they nearly undid all the good work from Ashwin and Mujeeb from the middle-overs.
Dhoni: They bowled very well, Mujeeb made a difference. I don’t think there was much dew on the ground. They played better than us. I don’t know how bad my back is but it should be okay. God has given me enough power so I don’t have to rely on my back a lot. It shouldn’t be bad. I am used to playing with the injuries. You have to be tough.
Ashwin: It was crucial to get Rayudu at that point [On his celebrations after the run-out]. We are not going to be a team that thinks maybe we could have done this or that, we are going to be a team that thinks maybe we could have stuck to the basics.
Gayle is adjudged Man of the Match: It was good to be back. I got a text this morning that I would be playing. I am very happy that I have got to a winning start for Punjab. Rahul took pressure off me at times as well.
Man of the Match: Chris Gayle, for his 32-ball 63, which contained 7 fours & 4 sixes.