Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings

Live Summary, Match 8, Indian Premier League, 2021, April 16, 2021
CSK 107/4 (15.4)
Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets
PBKS 106/8 (20)
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CRR: 5.3
Commentary :
15.4 : That is it from this game! Chennai are back and have steamrolled through Punjab to get their first win of the season. Punjab have been handed a thumping loss here and will look to come back stronger from this game. The action in the league continues on Saturday, 17th April. As defending champions, Mumbai takes on 2016 champions and the side yet to win this season, Hyderabad. That game will begin at 1930 local (1400 GMT). That promises to be a cracking game. Make sure to join us for that one. Til
For his brilliant bowling display, Deepak Chahar is named the Player of the Match. Chahar says that the first wicket pleased him the most as it is a dream ball for every fast bowler as it hit the top of off after pitching on middle. Chahar says that he dreams of that ball. Chahar says he wanted to give fewer runs in the first over. Tells Jadeja is one of the best fielders and only he could have taken Gayle's catch. Chahar says he has the responsibility to bowl the first over and tells he sets th
Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni jokes that he is feeling old. Dhoni tells that it has been a long journey and they have played everywhere and adds it has been an interesting journey. Dhoni says that the last time they were happy with Chennai wicket was in 2011. Tells that the ball there does not come on nicely and tells it is difficult to play the big shot. Dhoni says that the wicket in Mumbai is very good but it depends on the conditions as well. Tells there was n dew tonight and the ball moved a lot
Hardly anything to say about Punjab's bowling. They hardly had anything to bowl and defending 106 in Mumbai was never going to be very realistic. Richardson and Meredith impressed. Shami was the pick of the lot finishing with 2/21 in his 4. Murugan Ashwin and Arshdeep got one each but there just wasn't enough runs to play with.
Riley Meredith to Sam Curran, FOUR! Sam Curran finishes it in style! Short delivery on middle, Curran pulls it through square leg for a boundary. CHENNAI WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
Chasing a low total of 107, Gaikwad and Faf struggled initially but managed to put on 24 for the opening stand which was good enough for this chase. Gaikwad departed but Moeen looked in great touch since he walked in. His 46 from 31 balls put the game beyond any doubt. He departed with the finish on sight. Raina and Rayudu fell quickly too but it was not early enough to make the Chennai dugout panic as Faf was still out in the middle and managed to see the game off with Sam Curran.
Stay tuned for the presentation as we hear from Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni and Deepak Chahar who without any surprise will be the Player of the Match.
Earlier in the evening, Deepak Chahar set the tone and laid the foundation for a win as he rattled through Punjab's batting. His 4/13 was just too much for Punjab to comeback from. It looked like Punjab would struggle to get to 75 when they were 26/5. Shahrukh Khan's 47 though gave the total some respectability but in the end, it was just not enough.
Chennai's star batter from the evening, Moeen Ali is caught for a chat. Moeen says that getting the win was the most important thing. Moeen says that his role is to enjoy himself and go out there and time it. Moeen tells he is enjoying the atmosphere and environment. Moeen says he enjoys batting in top 3. Adds batting at 7 is tough but he is happy to do what the team wants. Moeen says he is just practicing to play in good shape and he just looks to time it. Moeen says that it was a great time to
Punjab skipper, KL Rahul admits they started off poorly and it was always going to be hard to catch up after losing 5 wickets. Rahul says that the wicket was a lot more sticky and tacky than what it looked like. Credits the Chennai bowlers for bowling the right channel. Tells getting himself run out as a leader was not ideal. Adds the pitch was good enough for 150-160. Rahul says that they have pace in their attack and they want to use that. Tells Meredith and Jhye's performance were positives
A very comfortable chase for Chennai! They have managed to get their first win of the season and this performance has put out a statement for the rest of the league as well. They have managed to chase this just over 15 overs and that will see their net run rate shoot up nicely. A painful loss for Punjab. They have been outplayed, outclassed and outmuscled in all facets of the game.
15.3 : Riley Meredith to Sam Curran, Back of a length on off, Curran taps it to point.
15.2 : Riley Meredith to Sam Curran, Good length ball on off, Curran keeps it out.
15.1 : Riley Meredith to Faf du Plessis, Length delivery on middle, du Plessis flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
14.6 : Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, Full on middle, du Plessis pushes it through mid on for a single.
14.5 : Mohammed Shami to Sam Curran, Back of a length on off, Curran punches it through point for a single.
14.4 : Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, Shami does not get the hat-trick. Full on middle, du Plessis drives it through mid on for a single.
14.3 : Shami on a hat-trick. Who will walk out to bat now? It will be Sam Curran but he will be at the non striker's end.
Mohammed Shami to Ambati Rayudu, OUT! CAUGHT! Shami gets his second wicket! Short delivery outside off, Rayudu comes down the track and looks to go over covers but gets a top edge. It goes towards the fielder where Nicholas Pooran takes a comfortable catch.
14.2 : Ambati Rayudu is the new man in.
Mohammed Shami to Suresh Raina, OUT! CAUGHT! Raina departs to the short ball. This will not affect the outcome of the game but might see Raina being peppered with a lot of short stuff. It is close to the body. Raina looks to pull but gloves it to KL Rahul. He takes a simple catch.
14.1 : Mohammed Shami to Suresh Raina, Length delivery on middle, Raina looks to pull but gets a top edge. It lands safely towards mid-wicket. Two runs taken.
13.6 : Riley Meredith to Faf du Plessis, Short of a length on middle, du Plessis pulls it to mid-wicket.
13.5 : Riley Meredith to Faf du Plessis, NOT OUT! There is no glove on it and the ball is not short enough for it to be a No Ball! Meredith bangs it short around the body on the leg side. Du Plessis looks to pull but there is some sound as it goes to the keeper. The umpires get together to check if it is the second bouncer of the over. Replay rolls and the T.V. umpire finds the ball not to be too short. Punjab then review for the catch. It shows that there is no involvement of bat or glove.
The umpires have taken it upstairs to check if it is the second bouncer of the over. It is a fair delivery and Punjab have reviewed it. 
13.4 : Riley Meredith to Suresh Raina, Length delivery on leg, Raina flicks it through square leg for a single.
13.3 : Riley Meredith to Suresh Raina, Short delivery on leg, Raina looks to pull but gets it off the bottom part of the bat. It goes towards the keeper.
13.1 : Riley Meredith to Suresh Raina, Bouncer on leg, Raina ducks under it.
13.2 : Riley Meredith to Suresh Raina, PLAY AND A MISS! Short delivery outside off, Raina looks to cut but misses it.
13.1 : Riley Meredith to Suresh Raina, WIDE! Bouncer on middle, Raina does well to duck under it.
12.6 : Murugan Ashwin to Suresh Raina, Short outside off, Raina punches it to the off side and keeps the strike. Just 12 needed now.
12.54 : Murugan Ashwin to Suresh Raina, FOUR! Raina is off the mark in style! Flighted around off, Raina gets on his front foot and creams it through mid off for a boundary.
12.4 : Murugan Ashwin to Suresh Raina, Flat and short wide outside off. Raina looks to get there but misses. 
12.3 : Suresh Raina is the new man in!
Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, OUT! CAUGHT! Straight to the man at deep mid-wicket. Moeen has done his job here. Floated on middle, it is the wrong 'un again. Moeen once again looks to slog it over on the leg side This time he does not get under it and hits it straight to Shahrukh Khan at deep mid-wicket. He has had a good game and he takes a simple catch. Murugan has something to smile about.
12.2 : Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, Darted fuller and wide outside off. Moeen looks to play but misses. 
12.16 : Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, SIX! BOOM! Moeen is in the zone now. Murugan is guity of bowing in the slot on off. Moeen heaves it against the spin over the cow corner region for a biggie. 
11.6 : Change in bowling. Murugan Ashwin is back on!
Jhye Richardson to Moeen Ali, Back of a length ball on off, Moeen guides it down to third man for a run. Another 10-run over.
11.5 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, Shortish and on off, stopping a bit onto the batsman, du Plessis plays a mistimed shot in the air but it safely goes to long on for a run.
11.44 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, FOUR! Slower one, full and around off, du Plessis picks it early and blazes his drive past the diving wide mid off fielder for a boundary.
11.3 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, FOUR OVERTHROWS! Good length ball around middle and off, du Plessis makes room and drives it to mid off. He comes out of the crease in search of a run but is sent back. The fielder misses his shy at the striker's end. KL Rahul behind the stumps gets wrong-footed and fails to back it up. A boundary results as Shami fails to stop it with his boot in the deep.
11.2 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, A slower one, on a length and wide outside off, du Plessis throws his bat at it but misses.
11.1 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, Fullish ball around off, Faf flicks it on the leg side and the big man, CHRIS GAYLE, dives to stop the ball. Jonty Rhodes, the fielding coach, is happy.  He wants commitment.
10.64 : Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Gorgeous from Moeen! Ends the over in style. 10 off it and Chennai are probably looking to finish this quickly and shoot up their net run rate. Shami overpitches it on off, Moeen says thank you for the gift and creams it through extra cover for a biundary.
10.5 : Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, Very well bowled and very well played as well. Yorker on middle, Moeen does well to jam it out. 
10.4 : Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, Good shot! Fullish on middle and leg, Moeen drives it very nicely to the left of long on and gets a brace. 
10.3 : Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, Good length delivery now on top of middle. Moeen keeps it out.
10.24 : Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Crunched! This time Moeen gets hold of it. Another short one from Shami. Moeen stays deep in his crease and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
0.0 : Change in bowling. Mohammed Shami is back! 2-0-6-0 are his figures so far.
10.1 : Mohammed Shami to Moeen Ali, Good ball! Shami hits the deck hard and makes the ball bounce skiddily off the surface. Moeen does well to sway away from it and keeps his bat down.
0.0 : Strategic Time-Out! Chennai are steadily going about this chase. They have been patient and calm so far. Moeen and Faf du Plessis have punished the bad balls while respecting the good ones. Just 54 needed in 66 balls now. Punjab should try to make it as daunting as possible.
9.6 : Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, Through the on side this time. Shortish and on off, Moeen goes back and wrists it through mid-wicket for one. 43 needed more at the halfway mark.
9.5 : Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, Again a little short and it's around off, Moeen gets back and punches it past the diving cover fielder. They get two more.
9.4 : Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, Floated one, full and on middle, Moeen defends it back to the bowler.
9.3 : Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, That appears to be a seam up delivery, short and wide outside off at 92.4 kph, Moeen goes on the back foot and forces it to sweeper cover. The calls is for two and they get two.
Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, Wide! Slips one down the leg side, Moeen tries to sweep but misses. A good take by Rahul.
9.2 : Murugan Ashwin to Faf du Plessis, Slower through the air, full and on middle, du Plessis flicks and sends it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
9.14 : Murugan Ashwin to Faf du Plessis, FOUR! Poor delivery and punished! Short in length and outside off, spinning away, du Plessis rocks back and whacks it through point for a boundary. Anil Kumble in the dugout is not looking pleased!
8.6 : Riley Meredith to Moeen Ali, Slower one to end the over. Good comeback from Meredith after the first ball. The last ball is a slower one as well. It is on middle, Moeen manages to defend it back.
8.5 : Riley Meredith to Faf du Plessis, Good ball! This time bowls the pacy delivery which nips back sharply. Du Plessis looks to defend but is late to play it. He still manages to get a little inside edge to fine leg for one. 
8.4 : Riley Meredith to Faf du Plessis, Slower one on off. This time it is full. Faf defends it to mid off. 
8.3 : Riley Meredith to Moeen Ali, Much better from Riley Meredith! Bowls a back of a length delivery around the body. Moeen hops and tucks it to the on side for a single. 
8.2 : Riley Meredith to Moeen Ali, Slower one now! Good length ball outside off, Moeen is surprised by the change up. He tries to check his drive but misses it. 
8.14 : Riley Meredith to Moeen Ali, FOUR! CREAMED! Meredith comes charging in and the ball goes to the fence even faster. Full and wide outside off, Meredith does not learn from his mistake. Moeen stays in his crease and slams it through covers for a boundary.
7.6 : Change in bowling.  Riley Meredith comes from the other end.
Murugan Ashwin to Faf du Plessis, Googly but it's on middle and leg, du Plessis clips it off his pads and it runs wide of short fine leg. Two taken. 10 from the over!
7.5 : Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, Floated and it's a full toss around off, Moeen is forward as he drives it to long off for a single.
7.4 : Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, Flatter and a bit shorter on off, Moeen goes on the back foot and strokes it in the gap at deep cover. Two taken.
7.3 : Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, Strides forward and defends it on the leg side.
7.24 : Murugan Ashwin to Moeen Ali, EDGY FOUR! A genuine outside edge but it goes wide of Gayle at slip. Murugan dishes out the wrong 'un and lands it on a fuller length on off, Moeen pushes inside the line, without realizing that it will turn away. The outside edge is generated but it speeds past the left side of Gayle for a boundary at third man.
0.0 : Change in bowling. Spin into the attack for the first time in this innings. Murugan Ashwin is introduced into the attack.
7.1 : Murugan Ashwin to Faf du Plessis, A flatter shorter ball on off, Faf goes back and turns it in front of square leg for a run.
6.64 : Arshdeep Singh to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Tantalizingly close but away! Short ball around off, Moeen pulls it with power. He gets it just wide of short mid-wicket and to the fence for a boundary.  Spoils the over b ut still a good one. Just 5 off it.
6.5 : Arshdeep Singh to Moeen Ali, Slower ball! It is on off, Moeen blocks it. 
6.4 : Arshdeep Singh to Moeen Ali, Length delivery on middle, Moeen works it down the leg side but finds short fine leg.
6.3 : Arshdeep Singh to Faf du Plessis, Slightly slower on a length on off. Faf waits for it and runs it down to the third man region for a single. 
6.2 : Arshdeep Singh to Faf du Plessis,  Length delivery on off, Faf pushes it to cover. 
6.1 : Arshdeep Singh to Faf du Plessis, A slower bouncer! It is outside off, Faf looks to pull but it gets it off the inner half which sees the ball fall right next to him.
5.64 : Riley Meredith to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Shot! A lovely way to cap off the Powerplay overs. Meredith takes a length ball away from the left-hander with his angle, Moeen presses forward, opens the face of his bat, doesn't try to hit it hard and just places it sweetly through the gap between point and cover-point. Top class placement. 32/1 in 6 overs, 75 needed more.
5.5 : Riley Meredith to Moeen Ali, Excellent effort ball and well left by Moeen. Back of a length around off and whizzing off the surface, Moeen stands back, drops his wrists and allows it through.
5.4 : Riley Meredith to Moeen Ali, Play and a miss! Riley offers width outside off and Moeen tries to cash in. Fails to connect though as he is beaten for pace.
5.3 : Riley Meredith to Moeen Ali, Beaten! Meredith lands it on a length around off and gets it to shape away, Moeen hangs his bat outside off and is beaten.
0.0 : Moeen Ali walks out at number 3! Also, Riley Meredith is introduced into the attack.
5.24 : Riley Meredith to Moeen Ali, FOUR! Glorious! Out of the middle of the bat from Moeen Ali. Fuller length ball around off, angling aay, Moeen nicely transfers his weight into the drive and thumps it through covers.
5.1 : Riley Meredith to Moeen Ali, Good length delivery on off, Moeen punches it back to the bowler. 
4.6w : Arshdeep Singh to Ruturaj Gaikwad, OUT! CAUGHT! Ruturaj Gaikwad's struggle out in the middle comes to an end. He never looked comfortable out in the middle and has to depart. Arshdeep gets the first wicket of the innings. Can Punjab strike a few more quickly and unsettle the Chennai dressing room? Bouncer on middle, Gaikwad looks to pull but mistimes it yet again. This time he finds Deepak Hooda to perfection at deep mid-wicket.
4.5 : Arshdeep Singh to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Still can't find the gap! Back of a length ball outside off, Gaikwad tries to guide it past point but finds the fielder. The struggle is real for Ruturaj.
4.4 : Arshdeep Singh to Ruturaj Gaikwad, A touch short and close to off, Ruturaj stays back and plays it down to point.
4.3 : Arshdeep Singh to Faf du Plessis, Back of a length ball on off, Faf goes on his back foot and strokes it in the gap at cover-point for a single.
4.2 : Arshdeep Singh to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Uses the angle of the bowler and pushes it towards covers for a quick run.
0.0 : Change in bowling. Arshdeep Singh is introduced into the attack.
4.1 : Arshdeep Singh to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Starts with a length ball close to off, Gaikwad plays it close to his body and taps it down near the surface. Looks for a run but Faf declines.
3.66 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, SIX! Innovative, tactical and super from du Plessis! Full on off, Faf premeditates it. He knows the man at deep square leg is too wide. He comes inside his stumps and paddles it over the backward square leg fence for a biggie. 14 off the over and if there was any pressure building., that has been released. 
3.5 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, Fullish on off, Faf keeps it out.
3.4 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, FOUR LEG BYES! Richardson strays down the leg side. Faf looks to flick but the ball misses du Plessis' willow. It kisses his thigh pad and goes fine down the leg side.
3.3 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, Scrambled seam from Jhye Richardson. Again Faf takes charge as he comes down the track. This time he hits it to mid on off the inner half of his bat.
3.24 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, FOUR! Du Plessis takes charge and gets the reward! Good length ball around off, Faf comes down the track and slams it away from mid offf. The fielder there is slow to react but had no chance anyway. 
3.1 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, Full and jagging in a bit at pace. A good ploy to attack the stumps from Jhye. Faf defends it.
2.6 : Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, Fullish on off, du Plessis pushes it to the right of extra cover and keeps the strike. Tidy three overs so far. No wickets but just 8 off them so far.
2.5 : Mohammed Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Another lack of timing shot from Ruturaj Gaikwad! Full and swinging in to Gaikwad. He looks to play it towards mid on but it hits the outer half of his bat and goes to the right of short extra cover for one.
2.4 : Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, Length ball on middle and off. Faf taps it to the on side and rotates. 
2.3 : Mohammed Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Good length delivery on off, Gaikwad runs it down to third man for a single. 
2.2 : Mohammed Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Inside edge but safe! Gaikwad is struggling here for timing. Fullish outside off, Gaikwad looks to drive but his feet are not moving towards the ball. It takes the inside edge and luckily for him it misses the stumps.
2.1 : Mohammed Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Good length delivery on off, Gaikwad keeps it out.
1.6 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, Extra bounce from a length close to off, Faf is taken by surprise and does well to block it by taking his bottom hand off the handle. Another top over!
1.5 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, Good length ball on off, Faf is on the back foot as he defends it to the off side.
1.4 : Jhye Richardson to Ruturaj Gaikwad, IN THE AIR... SAFE! Gaikwad tries to force the issue and nearly loses his wicket. Uses his feet to get down the track and attempts for an aerial shot against a length ball outside off. But it takes the top edge and flies towards extra cover. Falls safely in no man's land. The batsmen cross.
1.3 : Jhye Richardson to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Jhye goes fuller this time and lands it close to off, Gaikwad gets half-forward and tries to flick but it takes the upper half of his bat and rolls to mid on.
1.2 : Jhye Richardson to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Good length delivery on middle and off. It swings a tad. Gaikwad keeps it out.
0.6 : Mohammed Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Appeal for LBW but turned down. Maybe too high. Rahul is not taking it upstairs either. Good length delivery pitching on off and comes back in. Gaikwad looks to defend but misses and gets hit high on the pad. There is an appeal but the umpire is not keen. Impressive and encouraging start from Shami.
Who will start from the other end? It will be Jhye Richardson!
1.1 : Jhye Richardson to Faf du Plessis, Jhye starts with a length ball on the pads, Faf looks to flick but misses. It hits his thigh pad and goes to the on side. Leg bye taken.
0.5 : Mohammed Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shami hits the deck hard and makes it come back in. Gaikwad taps it to point.
0.4 : Mohammed Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Inside edge but safe! Full and wide outside off, Gaikwad looks to drive but with a lack of foot movement. It takes the inside edge and luckily it misses the stumps and goes to Rahul on the bounce.
0.3 : Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, Faf is off the mark as well! On the pads, du Plessis tickles it to the leg side and gets a single.
0.2 : Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, Oh what a peach! Good length delivery pitching on off and jags back in viciously. Faf looks to defend but misses and gets hit high on the pad. That saved him probably. This should encourage Punjab bowlers.
0.1 : Mohammed Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, Gaikwad is off the mark straightaway but in a very nervy fashion. Shami starts with a full ball which comes back in a bit. Gaikwad pushes it to the left of mid on off the inner half and takes a quick single.