Comprehensive victory for Chennai in the Clash of Kings
After more or less competitive matches in the first seven matches, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has finally found a one-sided match in its truest form, as Chennai Super Kings chased down the 107-run target set by Punjab Kings with 6 wickets and 26 balls to spare.
Batting first, Punjab had the worst start possible as Deepaj Chahar’s four for 13 alongside a run-out enforced by Ravindra Jadeja meant they were tottering at 26 for five.
But then followed a 31-run stand between Jhye Richardson and Shahrukh Khan followed, which somehow rescued Punjab from the ultimate disaster.
While Richardson was bowled by Moeen Ali, scoring 15 off 22 balls, Shahrukh went on to bat till the last over, scoring 47 off 36 balls with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes to help Punjab reach 106 for eight in their allotted 20 overs.
Apart from Chahar’s four-for, Moeen, Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo took one wicket apiece for Chennai.
In reply, Chennai lost the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad in the last delivery of the 5th over, but Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali stitched a 66-run partnership between them thereafter for the second wicket.
Moeen departed in the 13th over, falling victim to Muruggan Ashwin’s spin. He scored 46 off 31 balls with 7 fours and a six. Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu also fell soon in back-to-back deliveries off Mohammed Shami.
Opener du Plessis, however, held firm at the other end, and finished the match remaining unbeaten on 36 off 33 balls, with 3 fours and a six. The winning four came off the bat of Curran, who was 5 not out off 4 balls.
Shami was the most successful bowler for Punjab, finishing with two for 21 in his four overs. Ashwin took one for 32 in three overs, and Arshdeep Singh took one for 7 runs in two overs.
Brief scores: Punjab Kings 106 for eight in 20 overs (Shahrukh 47, Richardson 15; Chahar 4/13) lost to Chennai Super Kings 107 for four in 15.4 overs (Moeen 46, du Plessis 36*; Shami 2/21) by 6 wickets.