Summary: Kings XI Punjab scored 197 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets with Chris Gayle’s accelerated 63 runs in just 33 balls. Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir of CSK took 2 wickets each. In response CSK were able to manage 193 runs for the loss of 5 wickets, falling 4 runs short of the runs needed to win.
Sunday night match of IPL 2018 couldn’t have been more entertaining with last two balls remaining and CSK needing 11 runs to win the match against KXIP. Chennai’s hopes were high as it was the captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni himself facing the ball. In the previous few overs Dhoni already created enough explosions to make the match a thriller. But the second last ball of the inning missed Dhoni’s bat and in the last ball Dhoni went for a big six, with the result being CSK losing by just 4 runs.
K L Rahul and Chris Gayle gave Kings XI Punjab the kind of start they needed with the former scoring 37 runs off 22 balls and the latter hitting his way to 63 runs in 33 balls. Mayank Agarwal (30 runs off 19 balls), Yuvraj Singh (20 runs off 13 balls) and Karun Nair (29 runs of 17 balls) also contributed to help their team reach a very competitive score of 197 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
Chennai Super Kings started slow as they were struggling to get runs on the board until Ambati Rayudu started firing. But an unfortunate run out at 49 runs forced him to go back to the pavilion.
The hopes of CSK were still high as M S Dhoni was still on the crease. Dhoni was playing slow but opened up his bat to hit big sixes towards the end of the inning. To CSK’s bad luck despite losing just 5 wickets the team fell short of 4 runs and ended up on the losing side.