PBKS vs CSK IPL 2021 match highlights: Chahar, Ali help CSK register first win in IPL 2021, cruise to 6-wicket victory over Punjab Kings- Chennai Super Kings (CSK) cruised to a six-wicket victory over Punjab Kings with Deepak Chahar and Moeen Ali shining with the ball and the bat, respectively. Sent to bat, KL Rahul’s PBKS crumbled at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, posting only 106.
CSK captain MS Dhoni, playing his 200th match for the franchise, won the toss and opted to field first against KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings (PBKS). With a little bit of grass on the pitch and due factor coming into play at the Wankhede Stadium, Dhoni asked Rahul’s men to bat first.
Dhoni’s decision to bowl first proved to be the right one as Deepak Chahar took advantage of the conditions and his opening spell rattled PBKS. With Mayank departing in the 1st over off a brilliant delivery, they soon lost in-form KL Rahul after Ravindra Jadeja brought up his golden form as a fielder. First, his pinpoint accuracy in a direct hit sent Rahul back to the dugout. Then, his flying catch sent Chris Gayle back. Punjab were in further trouble after Nicholas Pooran departed cheaply on a duck.
PBKS vs CSK IPL 2021 match highlights: Deepak Chahar was the wrecker-in-chief as his disciplined bowling had no answer to Punjab’s batsmen. In his four overs that he bowled in a single spell, he scalped four wickets for just 13 runs with the scorecard reading 19/4 in 4.4 overs. However, Punjab’s struggle did not stop there.
Nicholas Pooran lasted only two balls. While Shahrukh Khan and Jhye Richardson tried to save the sinking ship, a moment of lack of concentration cost the Australian his wicket as Moeen Ali got his first.
PBKS vs CSK IPL 2021 match highlights: However, it was Shahrukh Khan, who anchored Punjab’s innings when the fate of the match looked bleak. With a brilliant 47, he helped Punjab cross the 100-run mark. He was the lone fighter for Punjab, justifying his Rs 5.25 crore price at the IPL 2021 auction but he fell three runs short of his maiden IPL fifty. In the end, Punjab could only set a low 107-run target for CSK.
Chennai were off to a slow start and lost Ruturaj Gaikwad early but a 66-run partnership between Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali meant CSK were cruising. Punjab bowlers tried their best but could not put CSK under pressure. In the end, CSK cruised to a 6-wicket victory over PBKS to open their account in IPL 2021.
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||c DJ Hooda b Arshdeep Singh||5||16||0||0||31.25|
|Faf du Plessis||Not out||36||33||3||1||109.09|
|Moeen Ali||c Shahrukh Khan b Murugan Ashwin||46||31||7||1||148.39|
|Suresh Raina||c KL Rahul b M Shami||8||9||1||0||88.89|
|Ambati Rayudu||c Nicholas Pooran b M Shami||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Sam Curran||Not out||5||4||1||0||125.00|
|Extra||7 (b 0, w 2, nb 0, lb 5)|
|Yet To Bat||MS Dhoni, RA Jadeja, DJ Bravo, SN Thakur, DL Chahar|
|Lokesh Rahul (WK/C)||runout (RA Jadeja)||5||7||1||0||71.43|
|Mayank Agarwal||b DL Chahar||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Chris Gayle||c RA Jadeja b DL Chahar||10||10||2||0||100.00|
|Deepak Hooda||c F du Plessis b DL Chahar||10||15||1||0||66.67|
|Nicholas Pooran||c SN Thakur b DL Chahar||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Shahrukh Khan||c RA Jadeja b SM Curran||47||36||4||2||130.56|
|Jhye Richardson||b MM Ali||15||22||2||0||68.18|
|Murugan Ashwin||c F du Plessis b DJ Bravo||6||14||0||0||42.86|
|Mohd Shami||Not out||9||12||0||0||75.00|
|Riley Meredith||Not out||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Extra||4 (b 0, w 4, nb 0, lb 0)|
|Yet To Bat||Arshdeep Singh|
Playing XI: Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh