The match belonged to CSK pacer Deepak Chahar, who sealed Punjab’s destiny early with magical figures of 4/13, together with a wicket maiden to ensure a nightmarish outing for Rahul’s males, who had been put in to bat by Chennai.
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On a pitch that MS Dhoni reckoned would do a bit early on, the 28-12 months-previous Chahar, the primary Indian to take a hat-trick in T20Is, stood as much as be counted, proscribing Punjab to 106/8. The win was an extension of CSK’s full current dominance over Punjab. CSK beat them by 10 and 9 wickets within the earlier version performed within the UAE.
In their hunt for 107, the lads-in-yellow saved issues easy with South African Faf du Plessis and Englishman Moeen Ali giving the correct impetus to their innings after the loss of opener Ruturaj Gaikwad for a sluggish 16-ball 5.
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Earlier, Punjab Kings took liberties towards fielding livewire Ravindra Jadeja and paid a giant value. Jadeja first ran skipper KL Rahul (5) out with a rocket one-handed throw on the stumps earlier than packing West Indies’ energy hitter Chris Gayle with a full-size diving catch off Deepak Chahar.
Chahar acquired into the act on the fourth ball of the very first over with the wicket of Mayank Agarwal, who fell for a two-ball duck. It may have been a double catastrophe for Punjab had Ruturaj Gaikwad latched on to Gayle’s catch at backward level on the ultimate supply of the identical over.
Gayle (10) managed to money in on the reprieve with again-to-again boundaries, however the Jamaican’s flourish was reduce quick by Chahar, because of Jadeja’s brilliance. In the identical over, Chahar accounted for Nicholas Pooran for a duck to scale back Punjab Kings to a precarious 19/4 by the tip of the fifth over.
Dhoni’s ploy of ending Chahar’s quota of overs paid dividends as the correct-armer acquired rid of the in-type Deepak Hooda (10) with an everyday swinging supply in a wicket-maiden closing over.
With half the facet again within the dug-out for a mere 26, Punjab Kings had been in dire want of some stability and it was left to the all-rounder Shahrukh Khan to undo some of the injury. The Tamil Nadu proper-hander responded to the religion with a gentle 31-run sixth-wicket stand with Jhye Richardson (15) that helped PK crawl previous the 50-run mark.
It was nowhere close to sufficient to be aggressive.