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Suresh Raina Stars As Chennai Beat Punjab


Earlier, Lungi Ngidi’s fiery bowling spell (4/10) helped Chennai bowl out Punjab for 154 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday. Put into bat by Chennai, Punjab got off to a worst possible start after losing Lokesh Rahul (7), Chris Gayle (0) and Aaron Finch (4) within the first four overs. Manoj Tiwary (35) played a key knock in the middle with help of David Miller (24) to restore some faith for Punjab after losing early wickets. Ngidi took the crucial wickets of KL Rahul and Gayle to halt the momentum of Punjab. Karun Nair (54) was the lone ranger for Punjab as he hit some good looking shots helping Punjab reach a competitive total. He hit a 26-ball 56 runs laced with 5 sixes and 3 boundaries. However, Ngidi hogged the limelight with his stupendous bowling display. Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo took two wickets each.

IPL 2018 Highlights of Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab match, straight from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

23:47 IST: Thank you for staying with us for the live match updates.

23:50 IST: SRH will take on Chennai in the first qualifier. KKR and Rajasthan will play in the eliminator.

23:50 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals have qualified for the play offs.

23:46 IST: Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets.

23:46 IST: SIX! Dhoni finishes with a six.

23:42 IST: SIX! Fifty up for Raina. 53 runs off 45 balls. This is his 35th IPL fifty. 14 runs off the first three balls off Andrew Tye. Poor fielding gives Raina another boundary.

23:40 IST: SIX! Raina clobbers the bakk towards the mid wicket region.

23:39 IST: A good over for Mohit Sharma but it was spoiled in the end. The required rate is climbing for Chennai. But Dhoni has other ideas. Pulls it for a boundary. Chennai Super Kings need 23 runs in 12 balls

23:29 IST: Chennai Super Kings need 40 runs in 23 balls

23:26 IST: WICKET! No half century for Deepak. A slightly tossed up delivery outside off, pushed a bit wider outside off, Chahar swings hard but is a bit early into the shot. Gets a top edge which swirls in the air and is comfortably pouched by Mohit Sharma at short cover. Decent net session for Chahar.

23:24 IST: SIX! Chahar wants to end this match soon. He seems to be in hurry. 50-run partnership up between Chahar and Raina.

23:22 IST: FOUR! This is the over for Chennai. 100 up for Chennai. Rajasthan Royals can rejoice as they qualify for the playoffs courtesy their better net run rate over Kings XI Punjab. CSK 102/4 in 15 overs

23:21 IST: SIX! Chahar decides to go at it now. Ashwin gives him room and he hammers towards the leg side boundary. Back-to-back sixes for him. The crowd cheers the shot. Pressure on Ashwin as he bowls a wide.

23:18 IST: Only six runs off Axar Patel’s over. CSK 81/4 in 14 overs

23:13 IST: Strategic time out. Chennai Super Kings need 79 runs in 42 balls

23:09 IST: Despite losing four wickets, Chennai are still in control of the match. Kings XI Punjab have to dismiss CSK in under 100 runs to have any chance for IPL playoff qualification

23:05 IST: Chennai Super Kings need 90 runs in 54 balls

23:04 IST: Deepak Chahar is the new man in for CSK.

23:02 IST: WICKET! Chennai Super Kings lose their fourth wicket as Harbhajan Singh departs for 19 vs Punjab. LBW! The leg spinner from Ashwin to an offie, who does not read what is essentially the doosra. He goes for a wild swipe but misses and is hit right in front of the sticks. Ashwin appeals and up goes the umpire’s finger. Harbhajan walks off, only to be called back by Raina for a discussion regarding the review. Hawk Eye confirms that to be hitting the stumps. | CSK 58/4 in 10.1 overs

23:00 IST: Raina, Bhajji are knocking the balls away for singles. CSK 58/3 in 10 overs

23:00 IST: Chennai Super Kings need 100 runs in 64 balls

22:58 IST: Raina and Bhajji are rebuilding for Chennai.

22:57 IST: WIDE. Raina almost nicked it straight into Rahul’s gloves. Short and outside off, angling away, Raina reaches out to guide it towards third man but misses. CSK 52/3 in 9 overs

22:42 IST: SIX! Bhajji gets into the act. Crunches it over long off region. CSK 40/3

22:34 IST: Chennai Super Kings need 126 runs in 87 balls

22:32 IST: DROPPED! Harbhajan dropped by Aaron Finch at first slip.

22:31 IST: Harbhajan Singh is the new man in for Chennai.

22:30 IST: WICKET! Chennai Super Kings lose their third wicket as Sam Billings departs for a duck vs Punjab. Ankit targets the length outside off again and gets it to nip back in appreciably. Billings looks to defend but is comprehensively beaten. The ball goes past his outside edge and sends the off stump for a walk. Rajpoot is on a hat-trick!!! | CSK 27/3 in 4.3 overs

22:26 IST: WICKET!! Great catch by Chris Gayle as Faf du Plessis departs for 14. CSK 27/2 in 4.3 overs.

22:25 IST: Rajpoot is getting some seriously good movement off his ball. Raina and Du Plessis are rebuilding well for Chennai after an early jolt.

22:21 IST: FOUR! Stunning shot. Raina gets back-to-back boundaries. Straight towards the bowler’s end.

22:20 IST: FOUR! Too much width and Raina hits it towards the off side for a four.

22:19 IST: Andrew Tye is the new bowler for Punjab.

22:17 IST:  FOUR! Wide of slip and du Plessis gets his four. No third slip and the ball that was a little short gets him his boundary. CSK 17/1 in 3 overs

22:12 IST: FOUR! Not a bad ball by Mohit Sharma but du Plessis checks his drive. In the air for sometime but he gets his boundary.

22:08 IST: Suresh Raina is the new man in.

22:06 IST: WICKET! Chennai Super Kings lose their first wicket as Ambati Rayadu departs for 1 vs Punjab. Brilliantly bowled. This is on a length around off side, it pitches and then moves away from the batsman. Rayudu tries to defend but does not account for the movement away. The ball kisses the outside edge and goes into the mitts of Rahul who throws it up and appeals and the umpire agrees with him.  | CSK 3/1 in 1.2 overs

22:05 IST: A good over for Punjab. A good seam movement for Rajpoot. CSK 3/0 in 1 over

22:00 IST:Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu open the innings for Chennai. Ankit Rajpoot begins the proceedings with the ball for Kings XI Punjab.

21:55 IST: Punjab need to bowl out Chennai in under 100 runs to qualify for the IPL playoffs.


21:46 IST: Kings XI Punjab 153 all-out in 19.4 overs

21:43 IST: WICKET! Kings XI Punjab lose their 9th wicket as Karun Nair departs for 54 vs Chennai | KXIP 150/9 in 18.5 overs

21:41 IST: SIX! That will go the distance as well. 54 runs off 25 balls for him. Amazing innigs. He is a dangerous player. 150 also comes up for Punjab. This is his 10th IPL fifty.

21:40 IST: FOUR! What a shot by Nair. That was an unbelievable shot. Reverse sweep and it seems like some dance moves from the 80s. Great improvisation there. Backs it up with a huge six. Bravo is getting hammered by Karun Nair. KXIP 144/8 in 18.3 overs

21:36 IST: Ngidi is done with his four overs. He has been terrific with the ball. Four wickets. 10 runs offit. This has to be one of the best bowling spells of this tournament. KXIP 134/8 in 18 overs

21:35 IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust. Ngidi is having a great night Kings XI Punjab lose their 8th wicket as Andrew Tye departs for a duck vs Chennai | KXIP 132/8 in 17.3 overs

21:33 IST: WICKET! Kings XI Punjab lose their seventh wicket as R Ashwin departs for a duck vs Chennai | KXIP 132/7 in 17.1 overs

21:30 IST: FOUR! Superb shot by Nair. He is rebuilding well for Punjab. Expensive over for Chennai and a good one for Punjab. KXIP 131/6 in 17 overs

21:25 IST: WICKET! Terrific catch by Sam Billings. That was superb balance. Punjab in trouble after Axar Patel departs for 14 runs. Punjab are six down. KXIP 116/6 in 16.3 overs

21:20 IST: SIX! Axar Patel gets his boundary. Right in the slog for him by Jadeja. Hits it top of the bounce. 11 runs off it. KXIP 113/5 in 16 overs

21:14 IST: SIX! Inside out and Nair gets his second six in two overs. He waited for Bravo to bowl a length ball and gets his boundary. A good looking shot.

21:11 IST: SIX! Karun Nair gets his first six. Clears the covers region. A much needed boundary. Swept and swept really well! Nair goes down on one knee to the ball on leg stump. He gets it off the middle and it just clears the man at deep backward square leg for a biggie. KXIP 88/5 in 13.2 overs

21:06 IST: WICKET! Kings XI Punjab lose their fifth wicket as David Miller departs for 24 vs Chennai | KXIP 80/5 in 12.1 overs

21:04 IST: Excellent over by Jadeja. A wicket and 4 runs off it. KXIP 84/4 in 12 overs

21:01 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja comes into attack for Chennai and he strikes on his first ball. A clear edge and Dhoni takes an easy catch. Not a good shot to play in the first ball. Punjab lose their fourth wicket. Tiwary departs for 35 runs. KXIP 77/4 in 11.1 overs

21:00 IST: Projected score for Punjab (6.94 runs per over) is 139

20:55 IST: FOUR! Top edge and Tiwary gets his boundary behind the Chennai keeper Dhoni’s head. A good over for Punjab. 10 runs off it. KXIP 71/3 in 10 overs

20:52 IST: Dwayne Bravo has bowled well. 50-run partnership up between Tiwary and Miller. A much-needed one for KXIP after losing three early wickets.

20:47 IST: Well that was a comical situation out there. Chennai fielders throwing the all over the place. Overthrows and free runs for Punjab. Poor from Chennai but good running by the two batsmen out there. They are looking out for every opportunity of a run and also taking it. KXIP 61/3 in 9 overs

20:44 IST: FOUR! Tiwary gets on the offensive and is hitting boundaries now. Little uppish from Thakur and he punishes it.

20:43 IST: Shardul Thakur is the new bowler for Chennai.

20:40 IST: FOUR! Harbhajan Singh gets welcomed with a boundary. Manoj Tiwary picks up th eball early and plays it late. Tiwary smashes another ball to the long on boundary for a six. Jadeja leaps to catch the ball but fails to do so. KXIP 49/3 in 7.3 overs

20:38 IST: FREE HIT! SIX! Second bouncer of the over by Chahar. Miller on strike. And Miller strikes it beautifully over the long off region for a huge SIX. KXIP 39/3 in 7 overs

20:35 IST: Once again keeps it tight by bowling it on off and on a length. Manoj taps it towards covers for a brisk run. Chahar has been brilliant with the ball.

20:31 IST: Another good over for Chennai. Bravo maintains his line and length. 6 runs off it. KXIP 29/3 in 6 overs

20:27 IST: Miller, Manoj Tiwary need to rebuild for Punjab if they want to remain in the playoff hunt. Chennai bowlers Chahar and Ngidi have been superb. KXIP 23/3 in 5 overs

20:26 IST: FOUR! Peach of a delivery but David Miller hits a superb boundary towards the leg side. Punjab need to win by 53+ run margin to usurp Rajasthan in order to enter the IPL playoffs.

20:22 IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust for Punjab. Kings XI Punjab lose their third wicket as KL Rahul departs for 7 runs vs Chennai | KXIP 16/3 in 4 overs

20:20 IST: Once again it is on a length and outside off, it straightens a touch after pitching. Tiwary feels for it and gets beaten by Ngidi. So far so good for Chennai. KXIP 16/2 in 3.5 overs

20:16 IST: WICKET! Raina takes a stunning catch. Punjab lose their second wicket as Aaron Finch departs for 4 runs vs Chennai Super Kings. Superb out swinging delivery by Chahar. KXIP 15/2 in 3 overs

20:10 IST: Ngidi bowls a fantastic over. One run and a wicket for him. KXIP 8/1 in 2 overs

20:09 IST: OUT! Chris Gayle departs for a duck. What a start by Ngidi. The ball brushes past his glove and the replays prove the touch. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head but Gayle starts walking and the Chennai players start celebrating. A huge blow for Punjab in a big game for them. KXIP 7/1 in 1.2 overs

20:06 IST: What a first ball. Bangs it short and the ball moves away from the batsman. No runs.

20:05 IST: Lungi Ngidi is the new bowler for Chennai.

20:04 IST: FOUR! Superb stroke! Not a bad ball by any means. A good length out swinger, Rahul leans forward and creams the drive through extra cover getting his boundary. KXIP 7/0 in 1 over

20:02 IST: The first match is over now. Mumbai Indians are out of the IPL playoffs after losing to Delhi by 11 runs.

20:01 IST: First runs off the bat for KL Rahul. Two runs towards fine leg.

20:00 IST: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle open the batting for Punjab while Deepak Chahar begins the proceedings with the ball for Chennai Super Kings

19:58 IST: We now head to the match between CSK and Punjab now. We will update you with the Mumbai-Delhi match once it gets over.

19:57 IST: Mumbai are eight down and still need 18 runs off the final 6 balls.

19:55 IST: If Delhi beat Mumbai, Punjab need to beat CSK by 53+ runs to qualify for IPL playoffs.

19:50 IST: The Delhi-Mumbai match is getting interesting. Mumbai need 23 runs off 12 balls to win

19:45 IST: No Shane Watson for CSK, no Yuvraj Singh for Kings XI Punjab.

19:40 IST: Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi

Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, David Miller, Karun Nair, Manoj Tiwary, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot

19:33 IST: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni wins toss, elects to bowl vs Kings XI Punjab

19:20 IST: We are few minutes away from the toss.

19:06 IST: TRIVIA! CSK are the best batting side of the tournament averaging 37.56 per wicket. They have lost the fewest wickets this season – 62.

19:03 IST: Chris Gayle needs six more runs to become the second overseas player to score 4000 IPL runs. MS Dhoni is ten runs away from the same milestone.

18:40 IST: Hello and welcome to the live match updates of the final round robin Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab.

Barring opener KL Rahul, who has 652 runs from 13 innings, Punjab have failed to click as a unit. Chris Gayle, the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, came out with some impressive knocks in the first half of the season but failed to maintain his form. Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Marcus Stonis, Mayank Agarwal and Yuvraj Singh have failed to score so far. In the bowling department, Andrew Tye has single-handedly led the pace attack with 24 wickets from 13 games and is currently the leading wicket taker in the league. (Play Fantasy cricket and win cash daily)

For Chennai, Ambati Rayadu has been brilliant so far, delivering on most occasions. He has been amongst the runs nd has received good support from his partner Shane Watson. Playing 13 innings, Rayudu has 585 runs while the Australian all-rounder has gathered 438 runs. 
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Skipper Dhoni (430 runs), has once again silenced his critics while Suresh Raina, who failed with the bat against Delhi, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja will also need to come good with the bat on Sunday.

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