Rediff – Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s heroics with the bat went in vain as Chennai Super Kings went down by four runs against Kings XI Punjab in a close finish in the Indian Premier League, in Mohali, on Sunday.

Summary

  • For CSK , Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir picked up two scalps each while Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo got a wicket each.
  • Harbhajan gave Chennai the first breakthrough when Rahul was caught by Dwayne Bravo, but by then KXIP were comfortably placed and reached 100 in just 8.4 overs.
  • Yuvraj Singh (20 off 13), who struggled in the first two games, seemed to get into his groove before Thakur had him caught behind off a short ball.
  • The Punjab openers made their intentions clear right from the first over when Rahul despatched medium pacer Deepak Chahar for two boundaries.
  • In reply, CSK struggled at the start as both openers — Shane Watson (11) and Murali Vijay (12) — departed cheaply before Ambati Rayudu rallied the visitors with a quickfire 49 from 35 balls.


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