Mumbai: CSK, searching for their first win of the season, faced PBKS in their second match of the season. On the other hand, PBKS were high after a win over RR in a thrilling encounter off the last ball. Dhoni won the toss and chose to bowl first as he felt the wicket might offer swing early in the match. Chahar(4/13) and other bowlers did well to restrict PBKS to 106. In reply, Moeen(46), Faf(36*) helped CSK chase the moderate total inside 16 overs with six wickets to spare.
Chahar rocks, Punjab Shocks
Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, CHahar didn’t make his captain feel sad. He rather uplifted the whole team’s morale with his stellar performance with the ball. His rampage started with cleaning up Mayank in his first over with an unplayable out-swinger. In his next over, he saw the end of Gayle as Jadeja took a stunner after the latter had dismissed Rahul with a direct-hit run out in the second over of the innings.
Chahar dismissed Hooda and Pooran in his next two overs. PBKS’s scorecard read 26/4 after the power play, which depicts Punjab’s situation. It was a great effort from that point from Punjab to reach a 100+ total. Young talent Sharukh(47), with support from Jhye(15), slowly ticked the scored board with odd boundary and good running between the wickets. After Sharukh’s dismissal, Punjab’s lower order failed to deliver, as a result of which PBKS were restricted to 106.
Faf and Moeen does the task for CSK
CSK didn’t have a big total to chase, but an early struggle by Rituraj(5 runs off 16 balls) raised hopes in the Punjab Camp. Arshdeep dismissed him in 5th over. Though CSK had a slow start, they didn’t panic as there was no scoreboard pressure on them. If there was any, Moeen blew it out with his strokes. Faf, too joined the party with a couple of boundaries. Murugan Ashwin dismissed Moeen at the fag end of the chase, but it was too late for Punjab to celebrate. Raina(8), Rayudu(0) failed to end the hunt, but it didn’t matter in the end. CSK completed the chase in 15.4 overs and recorded a 6-wicket victory as they taste their first success of the tournament.
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