Deepak Chahar’s four-wicket spell restricted PBKS to an average total of 106/8!
CSK’s star pacer Deepak Chahar’s four-wicket spell along with Moeen Ali & Faf Du Plessis scintillating stint with the bat together guided CSK to an easy win over Punjab Kings in the 8th Match of the IPL 2021 held at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday evening.
Deepak Chahar’s four-wicket spell had helped CSK to restrict Punjab to a meagre target of 106/8. In response, CSK easily chased an average target of 106 runs with 26 balls to spare. All thanks to the quickfire 46 run off 31 balls from Moeen Ali. CSK finally opened their winning account in the IPL 2021 by defeating Punjab Kings by six wickets.
Chasing a small target of 107, CSK had a slow start as CSK batsmen could score eight runs off 18 balls. With the openers trying to get settled on the pitch in the initial overs. Gaikwad was struggling a bit with the bat however Faf Du Plessis eased his pressure by hitting two fours & one six in the fourth over. Ruturaj’s stint came to an end in the fifth over as he tried to smash Arshdeep delivery but top-edged the ball with Deepak Hooda taking an easy catch.
Moeen Ali’s brilliant stint of 46 runs off 31 balls guided CSK to an easy win over PBKS!
Then came Moeen Ali who started smashing the bowlers right from the first bowl he faced. CSK comfortably reached 64/1 in 10 overs even after scoring just eight runs from the first 18 balls. Moeen Ali at the strike kept continued his onslaught with the bat while Faf Du Plessis played cautiously by scoring a run at one ball. With Moeen Ali fearless 46 runs knock CSK almost reached home before he departed at 13th over with just 17 runs to seal a victory. However, Faf Du Plessis at the other end played his slow & steady knock to keep the runs flowing.
However, CSK suffered few setbacks with their star player Ambati Rayudu & Suresh Raina got out at consecutive balls in a row. But Sam Curran & Faf Du Plessis on the crease together took CSK over the line in the 16th over itself.
Shahrukh Khan guided PBKS over 100 runs mark but couldn’t save PBKS from a humiliating defeat!
Earlier sent to bat first, Punjab Kings had a poor start as PBKS lost four crucial wickets right in the powerplay. Deepak Chahar first removed Mayank Agarwal for a duck & then sent Nicholas Pooran & Chris Gayle on consecutive balls to reduce Punjab at 19/4 right after KL Rahul’s run-out. Deepak Hooda & Shahrukh Khan were playing in the middle overs for PBKS but soon their stint got ended. As Chahar removed Hooda in the seventh over to mark his fourth wicket of the day.
Shahrukh Khan & Jhye Richardson tried to revive Punjab’s innings with a 31 runs stand however their stint also didn’t last for long as Moeen Ali removed Jhye in the 13th over. But Shahrukh kept the PBKS scoreboard alive by hitting timely boundaries. Meanwhile, Bravo removed Murugan Ashwin in the 17th over. however, Ashwin’s dismissal couldn’t stop Shahrukh Khan’s power from hitting. He was successful in taking Punjab Kings over 100 runs mark. But finally, Shahrukh also couldn’t make much difference on Punjab’s final scoreboard as Sam Curran removed Shahrukh Khan in the final over. The dismissal of Shahrukh Khan in the final over restricted Punjab Kings to 106/8.