Team Punjab, led by Ravichandran Ashwin, defeated Chennai by six wickets in the 55th match of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Here are the highlights:
# Punjab 173/4 (18 overs), as Punjab beat Chennai by six wickets following a boundary by Sam Curran off Tahir's final delivery of the over!
# Imran Tahir to bowl his final over!
# Sam Curran is the new man in!
# Wicket! Nicholas Pooran dismissed for 36 runs off 22 deliveries as he edges the ball to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni off a quicker delivery by Jadeja. Punjab 164/4 (16.2 overs)
# Ravindra Jadeja to bowl his second over!
# Need 8 runs from 24 deliveries!
# Punjab 163/3 (16 overs), with 37 runs from the last three overs as Punjab inch closer to a comfortable win despite the dismissals of Gayle, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Jadeja is smashed for 13 runs off his maiden over, with Dwayne Bravo and Imran Tahir conceding 12 runs apiece off their respective overs!
# Nine runs from the over following a six to deep mid-wicket, Punjab 126/3 (13 overs)
# Mandeep Singh is the new man in!
# Wicket! Mayank Agarwal dismissed for 7 runs off 6 deliveries as he attempts to go for a big hit off a length delivery, resulting in a catch to Ravindra Jadeja at backward square leg. Punjab 118/3 (12.2 overs)
# Harbhajan Singh to bowl his final over!
# 4 runs from the over, Punjab 117/2 (12 overs)
# Imran Tahir back into the attack!
# Punjab 113/2 (11 overs), with seven runs from the over!
# Mayank Agarwal is the new man in!
# Wicket! Chris Gayle dismissed for 28 runs off 28 deliveries as he attempts to go for a big hit straight down the ground, with substitute fielder Dhruv Shorey completing the catch. Punjab 108/2 (10.4 overs)
# Nicholas Pooran is the new man in!
# Wicket! KL Rahul departs for 71 runs off 36 deliveries as he mistimes a slower delivery, handing a catch to Imran Tahir. Punjab 108/1 (10.3 overs)
# Harbhajan Singh to bowl his third over!
# Six runs from the over, Punjab 106/0 (10 overs)
# Dwayne Bravo to bowl his third over!
# Punjab get past the 100 run mark following 10 runs off Deepak Chahar's final over as Rahul smashes two consecutive boundaries off the final two deliveries of Chahar's final over. Punjab 100/0 (9 overs)
# Deepak Chahar to bowl his final over!
# Five runs from the over, Punjab 90/0 (8 overs)
# Dwayne Bravo to bowl his second over!
# Need 86 runs from 78 deliveries!
# Punjab continue to score at an aggressive rate with 17 runs from Tahir's maiden over as Chris Gayle smashes two sixes straight down the ground and a boundary off the final three deliveries of the over. Punjab 85/0 (7 overs)
# Imran Tahir into the attack!
# Need 103 runs from 84 deliveries!
# Eight runs from the over, as Punjab finish the powerplay on 68/0 (6 overs)
# Dwayne Bravo into the attack!
# Punjab 60/0 (5 overs) as KL Rahul completes his half-century off 18 deliveries, smashing 24 runs off Harbhajan Singh's second over with two sixes and three boundaries off the off-spinner's second over. Three runs from Deepak Chahar's third over.
# 27 runs from the second and third overs of the Punjab chase as KL Rahul and Harbhajan Singh smash 18 runs from Harbhajan Singh's maiden over with Rahul smashing two sixes and a boundary by Gayle. Chahar concedes nine runs off his second over, as Punjab reach 33/0 (3 overs)
# Six runs off the first over, as KL Rahul smashes a six off the final delivery over cow corner following five dot deliveries early on. Chennai 6/0 (1 over)
# Deepak Chahar to bowl the opening over!
# Punjab openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle are set to kick off the chase!
# Punjab need 171 runs to win!
# Two runs off the final delivery as Chennai finish on 170/5 (20 overs)
# MS Dhoni to face the final delivery!
# Dwayne Bravo is the new man in!
# Wicket! Second wicket of the over for Mohammed Shami as Kedar Jadhav is dismissed for a duck following a fast delivery which Jadhav fails to connect effectively, with the ball going on to hit the stumps. Chennai 167/5 (19.4 overs)
# Kedar Jadhav is the new man in!
# Wicket! Ambati Rayadu dismissed for 1 run off 2 deliveries as he attempts to go for a big hit down the leg-side handing a catch to Mandeep Singh. Chennai 166/4 (19.2 overs)
# Mohammed Shami to bowl the 20th over!
# 11 runs from the over, Chennai 165/3 (19 overs)
# Ambati Rayadu is the new man in!
# Wicket! Faf Du Plessis dismissed for 96 runs off 55 deliveries following a six off the previous delivery as a yorker from Curran goes on to hit the stumps following an edge. Chennai 163/3 (18.4 overs)
# Sam Curran to bowl his final over!
# 4 runs from the over, Chennai 154/2 (18 overs)
# Ravichandran Ashwin to bowl his final over of the tournament!
# Eight runs and a wicket from the over, Chennai 150/2 (17 overs)
# MS Dhoni is the new man in!
# Wicket! Suresh Raina dismissed for 53 runs off 38 deliveries as the English bowler bowls a short delivery which the batsman fails to negotiate effectively, hitting the ball to Mohammad Shami. Chennai 150/2 (16.4 overs)
# Sam Curran to bowl his third over!
# Chennai 142/1 (16 overs) as the visitors score 18 runs from Andrew Tye's third over with Faf du Plessis scoring two boundaries and a six off the over, as he inches closer to a century.
# Chennai 124/1 (15 overs) as Suresh Raina completes his half-century shortly after a half-century by Faf du Plessis with 23 runs off the 14th and 15th overs of the innings bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin and Murugan Ashwin. Du Plessis scores two boundaries and a six off Murugan Ashwin followed by a boundary from Suresh Raina making it 18 runs from the over.
# Chennai 101/1 (13 overs), as the visitors, cross the 100-run mark with seven runs off the 12th and 13th overs of the innings bowled by Andrew Tye and Murugan Ashwin. Seven runs off Tye's second over followed by four runs off Murugan Ashwin's second over.
# Chennai 90/1 (11 overs) as Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina complete a 50-run partnership for the third wicket following the early dismissal of Shane Watson. Andrew Tye and Murugan Ashwin come into the attack with 23 runs off the two overs, following three boundaries by Faf du Plessis and one by Suresh Raina.
# Chennai 67/1 (9 overs) as the visitors go about recovering following the dismissal of Shane Watson with Raina smashing a boundary and a six respectively off the eighth and ninth overs of the innings bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin who delivers his second over and Harpreet Brar who bowls his third over.
# 13 runs from the sixth and seventh overs of the innings as Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack with Harpreet Brar bowling his second over. Raina smashes his second boundary of the innings off Ashwin followed by a six off Brar over long-on. Chennai 49/1 (7 overs)
# Seven runs off the over and a wicket, as Faf du Plessis hits the ball straight down the ground for a boundary. Chennai 36/1 (5 overs)
# Suresh Raina is the new man in!
# Wicket! Shane Watson departs for 7 runs off 11 deliveries as the Australian attempts to direct the ball to third man, without proper contact as the ball goes on to hit the stumps. Chennai 30/1 (4.1 overs)
# Sam Curran to bowl his second over!
# Nine runs off Mohammed Shami's second over as Du Plessis directs the ball past the fielder at mid-wicket off the final delivery. Chennai 29/0 (4 overs)
# 16 runs from the second and third overs of the innings bowled by Mohammed Shami and Sam Curran who is brought into the attack. Du Plessis scores a boundary apiece off Shami and Curran, as Chennai reach 23/0 (3 overs)
# Seven runs from the opening over as Shane Watson takes advantage of a delivery bowled outside off to direct the ball through cover point for a boundary off the final ball. Chennai 7/0 (1 over)
# Harpreet Brar to bowl the opening over!
# Chennai openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are set to kick off the innings!
# The umpires have walked down to the ground with the Punjab players all set to take the field!
# Chennai have won 12 while Punjab have won 8 of the 20 matches between the two sides so far!
# Punjab have made 31 changes in their fourteen matches with the same lineup not fielded in two consecutive games at any stage!
# Harpreet Brar replaces Arshdeep Singh for Punjab while Chennai are unchanged!
# Punjab (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran(w), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami
# Chennai (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
# Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin has won the toss and opt to field!
# Both the captains are set for the toss!
# The toss is set to take place in a few minutes!
# Ravindra Jadeja has picked 12 wickets this season for Chennai!
Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai, who have already booked their place in the playoffs of the ongoing 2019 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), will look to finish at the top spot in the point table when they face Punjab in their final round-robin match of the tournament at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium on Sunday.
Defending champions Chennai, who were briefly dropped to the second spot in the IPL standings, surged back to the numero-uno position after clinching a huge 80-run triumph over Shreyas Iyer's Delhi in their last game.
Chennai now have 18 points from 13 games they have played so far and will look to clinch a victory against Ravichandran Ashwin-led Punjab in order to maintain their dominance at the top of the league table.
The two teams are as follows:
Chennai: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleijn.
Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi.