Punjab survive Dhoni onslaught to clinch victory

MOHALI

Apr 17, 2018-

Kings XI Punjab survived Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s onslaught to beat Chennai Super Kings by four runs in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.  Chennai nearly pulled off their third successive last-over before finishing on 193-5 with Dhoni unbeaten on 79 off 44 balls with six fours and five sixes. After being put into bat, Chris Gayle made a resounding debut for Punjab by smashing 63 off 33 balls, including seven fours and four sixes in Punjab’s total of 197-7. 

Gayle was picked by Punjab at the last minute at his base price of $312,000 after the West Indies opener was ignored in early IPL auction rounds this year. Gayle and Lokesh Rahul (37) gave Punjab a lightning start of 96 off just 48 balls, against both pace and experienced spinners Harbhajan Singh (1-41) and Imran Tahir (2-34). Gayle fell in the 12th over when Shane Watson found the edge off the left-hander and was caught at fine leg.

Chennai pulled back Punjab from racking up a big total after Gayle’s dismissal and conceded only 43 in the last five overs. In reply, Chennai’s Ambati Rayudu (49) looked set to score freely but was run out by captain Ravichandran Ashwin in the 14th over. Dhoni was patient until the 18th over with Chennai needing 55 runs. Together with Ravindra Jadeja (19), Dhoni smashed seamers Mohit Sharma (1-47) and Andrew Tye (2-47) for 38 runs before Sharma kept his nerve and conceded 12 in the last over to earn Punjab their second win. (AP)

Published: 17-04-2018 08:43

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