In the eighth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Chennai Super Kings defeated Punjab Kings by 6 wickets. Batting first, the Punjab Kings’ explosive batting order was shattered like cards in front of CSK bowlers and the team could only manage 106 runs after losing 8 wickets in 20 overs. For the team, young batsman Shah Rukh Khan scored the most 47 runs. In reply, Chennai achieved the target of 107 runs on the back of Moeen Ali (47) and Faf du Plessis’s 36-run unbeaten innings by losing four wickets in just 15.3 overs.
Chennai’s stunning inning
Chasing a target of 107 runs, Chennai did not start well and the team lost the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad on a score of just 24 runs. Ruturaj was disappointed with his batting in the second match in a row and was able to score just 5 runs after facing 16 balls. After this, Moeen Ali and Faf du Plessis shared a 64-run partnership for the second wicket and almost ensured the victory of CSK. Moeen Ali was dismissed for 41 off 31 balls by Murugan Ashwin. After this, Mohammed Shami dismissed Suresh Raina (8) and Ambati Rayudu without opening the account within two balls. In the final, The pair of Sam Curran and Faf du Plessis led the team to victory.
Earlier, the Chennai Super Kings bowlers took four wickets for 26 runs in the Powerplay, justifying the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to bowl first. In this, the important role was played by Deepak Chahar who bowled Mayank Agarwal (0) in the first over and sent it to the pavilion. Even after that, they kept the pressure and allowed only two fours in four overs spell. In-form Punjab captain KL Rahul (05) was run out by a stunning throw from Ravindra Jadeja on the short cover when Rahul was trying to steal a run. Then in the fifth over, Jadeja dived and grabbed an excellent catch and ended Chris Gayle’s 10-run inning, which was Chahar’s second wicket.
Chennai’s bowling attack in the Powerplay
Nicholas Pooran was dismissed for a second time at zero; he caught out by Shardul Thakur at log leg in Chahar’s short ball. Deepak Hooda (10) was dismissed in the seventh over with an easy catch to Faf du Plessis and it was Chahar’s fourth wicket.
The team’s score at this time was 26 for five wickets. Shah Rukh Khan and Jay Richardson added 31 runs for the sixth wicket. Murugan Ashwin (06) then added 30 runs along with Shah Rukh Khan to help Punjab reach this score. Shah Rukh Khan scored 47 runs for Punjab and he was dismissed by Sam Curran in the last over.