HIGHLIGHTS, Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2018INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (IPL) 2018 MATCH 56, CHENNAI SUPER KINGS vs KINGS XI PUNJAB: live ipl cricket coverage of the match no. 56 of Indian Premier League 2018 between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. Punjab captain, Ravichandran Ashwin sighs on having yet another poor day in the office. Reckons that the batting was the area where the game was lost and credits Karun Nair for making a match out of it. Praises his bowling and wishes that Aaron Finch had taken the catch of Harbhajan Singh. Admits that the middle and lower order has not contributed at all and in the second half of the season, the batting simply did not perform at all, not giving enough support to Lokesh Rahul. Also is blunt enough to say that Punjab have been sloppy in the field and the game against Bangalore was the one which hurt them a lot (where they lost by 10 wickets on May 14). On the road ahead, Ashwin manages the smile and says that it is a new franchise. So wants to sit down with his unit and spend some time with them as he believes that a good team atmosphere will produce good results in future. (CRICKET STREAMING - CSK vs KXIP) (SCORECARD) (IPL Full Coverage)
HIGHLIGHTS, CHENNAI SUPER KINGS vs KINGS XI PUNJAB, IPL 2018, MATCH 56 FROM PUNE
Thats all from Pune folks. @ChennaiIPL win the game against @lionsdenkxip in comprehensive fashion by 5 wickets. Super show with the bat from @ImRaina & the finishing touches added by skipper @msdhoni #VIVOIPL #CSKvKXIP pic.twitter.com/Mqf3hOZCtZ— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 20, 2018
23.45 IST: SIX! Done and dusted on the first ball itself. A short ball, on middle, Dhoni swivels and pulls it over backward square leg! CHENNAI WIN BY 5 WICKETS WITH 5 BALLS TO SPARE!!! Chennai Super Kings (159/5) beat Kings XI Punjab (153-all out) by 5 wickets in Pune. Raina 61*, Rajpoot 2/19
So we go to the final over. 1 run needed. How about a maiden?
23.43 IST: FOUR! Toying with the bowling now. Another short ball, Raina pulls it past short fine leg for a boundary to level the scores! IPL Live Score - CSK 153/5 in 18.5 overs
23.42 IST: SIX and FIFTY! A well-earned half century for Mr. Raina. Took his time and is now coming into his own. Gets a length ball and swats it right back over the bowler. Seems mistimed as that came off the bottom half of the bat. But the timing was such that it cleared long on. Chennai Super Kings 145/5 in 18.3 overs vs Kings XI Punjab (153-all out)
23.40 IST: SIX! CSK 137/5 in 18.1 overs
23.38 IST: FOUR! TONK! A short ball on middle, Dhoni pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. CSK 131/5 in 18 overs
Pace is back. Mohit Sharma to bowl the 18th over.
23.32 IST: Outside off from Ashwin, tapped towards short third man for a run. Ashwin is done for the night and the tournament - 4-0-36-2 in his final spell. IPL Live Score - CSK 120/5 in 17 overs
The Thala is here to finish the final league match of the season...
23.27 IST: OUT! 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. Chennai Super Kings 114/5 in 16.1 overs vs Kings XI Punjab (153-all out)
23.24 IST: SIX! Well, well, well! Chahar is changing his mood now! Full and outside off, Chahar reaches out and sends this sailing over the sightscreen! IPL Live Score - CSK 109/4 in 15.2 overs
23.20 IST: SIX! Another one! Full and outside off, a bit wide, Chahar reaches out and lofts it with ease over long off! CSK 93/4 in 14.2 overs
23.19 IST: SIX! THWACK! Full and outside off, Chahar finally attacks and slog sweeps this over square leg for half a dozen. IPL Live Score - CSK 87/4 in 14.1 overs
Axar Patel is back on.
Final strategic break of the innings, match and night. Punjab are making things interesting in terms of this match. Not quite enough to make things interesting in terms of the Playoffs though. The rope to the final four is getting thinner and thinner and Chennai are rubbing salt on their wounds by sending in pinch-hitters.
23.13 IST: CSK 75/4 in 13 overs
23.10 IST: Chahar has played it to the point region. They manage to come back for the second, 8 runs from the over. IPL Live Score - CSK 72/4 in 12 overs
23.06 IST: Excellent running. Full and around off, Chahar wrists it towards deep mid-wicket. Initially, they wanted only a single but somewhere in the middle of that run, one of the two batsmen shouted, 'CHAL! CHAL! CHAL!' and the single was doubled. CSK 64/4 in 11 overs
Who is in next? Any pinch-hitter? Yes Sir! Deepak Chahar.
23.02 IST: OUT! Plumb 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. Not a big chat and Bhajji is on his way. Hawk-Eye confirms that to be hitting the stumps. Chennai Super Kings 58/4 in 10.1 overs vs Kings XI Punjab (153-all out)
Finally. The captain comes on to bowl.
Time for a break taken by the bowling side. Punjab gave themselves a chance in the Powerplay, bowling with fire, but guess Chennai are in total control. Maybe they might struggle to win in 17.4 overs to go on top, but somewhere Shane Warne might be packing his bags to go to Kolkata...
22.54 IST: Raina has played it to the point region for a single, 7 runs from the over. CSK 52/3 in 9 overs
Andrew Tye is back on.
22.48 IST: FOUR! That is a bit lucky. A short ball outside off, Harbhajan swings hard but gets a bottom edge. It bounces just in front of Rahul and goes through behind. 109 more needed from 60 balls to go on top for Chennai. IPL Live Score - CSK 45/3 in 7.4 overs
Axar Patel time.
22.42 IST: SIX! The ball after the Free Hit becomes a big hit. A short ball outside off, Harbhajan walks down the track and slaps it flat over extra cover for a biggie! 114 more needed from 66 balls to finish on top for Chennai. Bhajji moves to 11 from 10 balls with his first six. The stand moves to 13 from 13 balls. CSK 40/3 in 6.4 overs
22.37 IST: FOUR! THRASH! He is not messing around. Backs away and slaps this length ball over cover for a boundary! IPL Live Score - CSK 32/3 in 5.5 overs
Mohit Sharma is back on.
22.32 IST: DROPPED! Finch is the culprit!!! On a length outside off, Bhajji is squared up and the ball goes off the outside edge. This time it is a simpler catch for Chris Gayle at first slip but before the ball can reach West Indies, Australia come in between. Aaron Finch dives, well, one might say in hindsight, UNNECESSARILY, from second slip to his left but cannot hang on. Had he not dived, Gayle would have gobbled it and digested it as well. What an over... A DOUBLE WICKET MAIDEN!!! CSK 27/3 in 5 overs
Oh my my! Harbhajan Singh is in now, to face the hat-trick ball!!!
22.29 IST: OUT! Rajpoot removes Sam Billings for nought. BAM GOES SAM! Or his stumps, rather. 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!!! Chennai Super Kings 27/3 in 4.4 overs vs Kings XI Punjab (153-all out)
Sam Billings walks in at number 4, replacing Faf du Plessis.
22.27 IST: OUT! WHAT-A-CATCHHHHH! Take a bow, Chris Gayle. You have us floored. Terrific, terrific catch. A combination of some terrific bowling and fielding. Let us go play by play. Rajpoot comes charging in. Now let us have a look at Faf du Plessis' feet position. Pause. He is standing a bit sideways, opening his body a bit. Continue playing. Now let us have a look at where the ball is landing. Pause again. On a good length outside off, just around the area where there is a collection of grass. Continue playing. Now the movement. The ball jags back in off the seam and Faf is forced to play at it. Pause. Chennai Super Kings 27/2 in 4.3 overs vs Kings XI Punjab (153-all out)
22.25 IST: Gone? Yes, feels Gayle. Double yes, feels Rahul. Soft signal is OUT as the verdict is referred upstairs...
22.20 IST: FOUR! Vintage Raina? Mostly! Backed away on the previous ball but here, he gives the charge. Jumps out, gets to the pitch of the ball and blasts it past the bowler down the ground for boundaries in succession. Moves to 10 from 7 balls with his second boundary. The stand is worth 22 from 15 balls. 129 more needed to win from 84 balls for Chennai to go on top. CSK 25/1 in 3.4 overs
22.20 IST: FOUR! Cut over the covers and sails down for a boundary. Raina steps back and slashes it behind point for a boundary! CSK 21/1 in 3.3 overs
22.17 IST: FOUR! Lofted over the covers and Du Plessis gets the shot. Felt like a Test match for a second. Walks down the track, converts the length ball into a half volley and smacks it over the infield at cover for a boundary. 137 more needed from 88 balls to go on top for Chennai. CSK 17/1 in 3 overs
22.15 IST: FOUR! Edged and safe. Far from the third slip and races towards the fence. CSK 13/1 in 2.4 overs
22.14 IST: Rajpoot is back on and oh boy the aggression is present. Rajpoot now channels this outswinger around middle and leg, Faf somehow manages to push it away towards mid off. Almost got a leading edge.
22.09 IST: FOUR! Through the hands of Mohit and straight for a boundary. That was a chance for Kings XI. This is on a length around off, this one sticks onto the surface a touch. Faf du Plessis checks his drive and it goes uppishly towards the left of Sharma. He sticks his hand out but can't reach to it. The ball races through mid off and into the fence. First boundary for Chennai. End of a successful over by Mohit. CSK 8/1 in 2 overs
Suresh Raina walks in at no. 3
22.07 IST: OUT! Mohit Sharma removes Ambati Rayudu! Astonishing. Sharma draws first blood and look at the Punjab players they are ecstatic. Brilliantly bowled. This is on a length around off, 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 Rahul who throws it up and appeals and the umpire agrees with him. Early wicket for the visitors and it is of the man who has been prolific for Chennai this season. Rayudu walks back early and it is game on here in Pune. CSK 3/1 in 1.2 overs
22.06 IST: Mohit Sharma is brought into the attack.
22.05 IST: For Punjab to qualify, they have to bowl Chennai out for 99. Whereas, if the home side want to go on top, they need to chase this target down within 17.4 overs.
22.04 IST: Good over by Rajpoot, three runs off it. A few short-pitched balls on the line. CSK 3/0 in 1 over
22.02 IST: Swing first up but that was nicely played by Rayudu. This is on a length around off, it shapes away. Ambati adjusts and plays it late with an angled bat down to third man for a run. Chennai are up and running.
22.01 IST: We're back with the chase. 154 up on the board. Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis to open for CSK. Ankit Rajpoot with the ball. Let's get started.
21.47 IST: OUT! Ankit holes out and that is the end of the Punjab innings! Rajpoot dances down the track and he gets a short ball. He flat bats it towards Faf du Plessis at long on who seems to have taken it just inside the ropes. The umpires though still go upstairs to check and replays confirm that it is a clean catch. PUNJAB END WITH 153 ON THE BOARD! Kings XI Punjab 153-all out in 19.4 overs against Chennai Super Kings in Pune. Ngidi 4/10, Nair 54
Ankit Rajpoot is the last man in.
21.42 IST: OUT! Nair's brilliant cameo comes to an end. The change of angle for Bravo works. He comes around the wicket and bowls a low full toss which are not always easy to hit. Nair tries to clear mid-off but it goes off the bottom half towards that fielder. Deepak there accepts a dolly. Bravo gives the batsmen a send-off as he has the last laugh. A dejected Nair walks back. Kings XI Punjab 150/9 in 18.5 overs vs Chennai Super Kings
21.41 IST: SIX and FIFTY! Karun Nair slams 10th half-century of his IPL career. Two in a row and 16 from the last three balls. This time he gives the charge gets a short ball and he pulls it over cow corner for a biggie. Kings XI Punjab 150/8 in 18.4 overs vs Chennai Super Kings
21.40 IST: SIX! We always talk about the bowler making great use of the crease. Here we can see Nair making brilliant use of it. Walks right across the stumps and gets a slower ball outside off. Nair picks his spot to perfection as he scoops it over the fine leg fence for a biggie. KXIP 144/8 in 18.3 overs
21.39 IST: FOUR! Innovation and it comes off really well! He gets a fast ball the stumps. He positions himself early for a reverse sweep. Connects really well and it goes over the point fielder for a boundary. IPL Live Score - KXIP 138/8 in 18.2 overs
Dwayne Bravo to bowl the penultimate over.
Mohit Sharma walks out to the middle.
21.35 IST: OUT! Lungi gets another and another Punjab batsman is out for a duck! The bounce does Tye in. It is a length ball on off, Tye tries to clear mid off but the ball hits the higher portion of the bat. It lobs towards mid off where Raina takes it running to his right. Ngidi gets his fourth. He has three balls left, can he take a fifer? Kings XI Punjab 132/8 in 17.3 overs vs Chennai Super Kings
Andrew Tye is the new man in.
21.33 IST: OUT! Snicko shows a spike. Brilliant review by Dhoni. Ashwin goes for a duck. This is on a length around off, Ashwin tries to guide it down to third man. He seems to have missed it as it goes into the mitts of the keeper. Dhoni takes it and Ngidi appeals. The umpire stays put but Lungi is very confident and he asks Dhoni to take it upstairs. MS signals the 'T'. They go upstairs and replays show there is an edge. Ashwin is given his marching orders. Kings XI Punjab 132/7 in 17.1 overs vs Chennai Super Kings
Lungi Ngidi to bowl the 18th over.
21.30 IST: FOUR! Streaky! But a great way to end the over for Punjab! This is full and outside off, Nair tries to go inside out over covers but he gets an outside edge which just about evades Dhoni and into the third man fence. KXIP 131/6 in 17 overs
21.28 IST: SIX! The last boundary was through the off side and this maximum is on the leg side. He expected the bowler to bowl it short and he gets exactly that. Nair is in position early and he helps it on its way over the fine leg fence. IPL Live Score - KXIP 126/6 in 16.5 overs
Ravichandran Ashwin is the next man in.
21.26 IST: OUT! In the air... that might just fall short but NO. Sam Billings has pulled of a ripper. Thakur gets the wicket but a lot of credit has to be given Billings. It is short and on middle, Axar goes for the pull but does not get it off the middle. It goes uppishly towards Billings at deep mid-wicket. He runs in, dives forward and takes it inches above the ground. He is quick on his feet and throws it up in joy. Another one bites the dust and Thakur gets his first. Kings XI Punjab 116/6 in 16.3 overs vs Chennai Super Kings
Second Strategic break of KXIP innings! Shardul Thakur comes to bowl after the break.
21.20 IST: SIX! And the risk has payed off! Axar Patel makes room this time. Interestingly he tries to go against the spin but he connects well and it sails over the long off fence. IPL Live Score - KXIP 111/5 in 15.4 overs
21.18 IST: Another single as it is flicked through mid-wicket for a run! He has done well after going for a biggie from the first ball. KXIP 102/5 in 15 overs
21.14 IST: SIX! Dealing in maximums is Nair. He gives himself a little room towards the leg side. Gets a full ball on off, pace on the delivery and Nair makes full use of it. He lofts it over the cover boundary for a biggie. Excellent start to the over, can they make it big now? KXIP 97/5 in 14.1 overs
21.11 IST: SIX! 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. IPL Live Score - KXIP 88/5 in 13.2 overs
Axar Patel walks out to the middle.
21.06 IST: OUT! BOWLED 'EM! Once again the bowling change does the trick. What a delivery. A corker of a yorker by Bravo. He goes wide of the crease and spears in a very full ball on middle. Miller clears his front leg, maybe expecting a slower ball. He, however, is late to get his bat down in time and it sneaks through and shatters the stumps behind. Another set batsman makes his way back to the pavilion and Punjab now have half the side back in the hut. Kings XI Punjab 80/5 in 12.1 overs vs Chennai Super Kings
Karun Nair now comes in to bat.
21.00 IST: OUT! Maybe the quitest appeals I have seen but Dhoni was very confident and the umpire agrees with him. Jadeja strikes off his very first ball. This is flatter and outside off, it turns away a little. Manoj goes for the slog sweep but it seems to have taken some part of the bat and goes towards Dhoni who takes it on the second attempt. There is a muted appeal and after a thought the umpire raises his finger. Timely wicket for Chennai as this partnership was starting to build. Tiwary walks back after getting a start. Kings XI Punjab 76/4 in 11.1 overs vs Chennai Super Kings
Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack.
20.54 IST: FOUR! Fortune favors the brave and that is exactly the case here for Tiwary. Bravo bowls a bumper on middle, Tiwary goes for the pull but is done in by the bounce. It takes the top edge and goes over the keeper for a boundary. This also brings the 50-run stand-up. A vital one as the two joined forces when Punjab were in trouble. Also it has come at a good pace but they need to carry on. IPL Live Score - KXIP 70/3 in 9.5 overs
Strategic break has been signalled! Dwyane Bravo is on.
20.44 IST: FOUR! Boundaries flowing now! Not in convincing manner but Manoj will take it. Full and on the pads. Tiwary goes for the flick but it goes off the inner half through backward square leg for a boundary. KXIP 56/3 in 8.2 overs
Shardul Thakur is on now.
20.40 IST: In the air..... and SIX! They have now decided to put the foot on the accelerator. Manoj dances down the track and gets to the pitch of the ball. He lofts it towards long on. Jadeja there jumps with a hand stretched out. It brushes his fingers and goes over the ropes. This is turning out to be another good over. IPL Live Score - KXIP 49/3 in 7.3 overs
20.39 IST: FOUR! Poor ball first up and he has been punished! Short and outside off, Tiwary has all the time in the world to cut it through point for a boundary. 10 from the last two balls. Punjab are getting a move on. KXIP 43/3 in 7.1 overs
Harbhajan Singh comes to the attack.
20.37 IST: SIX! A much-needed maximum. This one is bowled wide outside off and on a fuller length. Miller gets to free his arms. He goes over mid off. He has not connected it that well but it still carries all the way. A good over for Punjab. 10 comes off it. IPL Live Score - KXIP 39/3 in 7 overs
20.31 IST: Once again that was well running! Good length on off, Miller tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards the off-side for a run. So just two bowlers used in the Powerplay and they have done a tremendous job. Punjab are 29 for 3 after 6. KXIP 29/3 in 6 overs
20.25 IST: FOUR! They need a few more of these! This is full and on the pads, no swing on the ball and it ends up being a gift for Miller. He works it through square leg and the ball races away. IPL Live Score - KXIP 21/3 in 4.3 overs
David Miller walks into bat.
20.21 IST: OUT! Ngidi removes Lokesh Rahul for 7. Kings XI Punjab 16/3 in 4 overs vs Chennai Super Kings
Manoj Tiwary comes to the crease for Punjab!
20.15 IST: OUT! Edged and a blinder! Chennai have taken their second wicket. On a length, outside off, coming back in, Finch pushes at it and gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies behind and Suresh Raina at second slip flies to his left to take a stinger! Kings XI Punjab 14/2 in 2.5 overs vs Chennai Super Kings
20.12 IST: FOUR! Nice shot. On a length outside off, Finch punches it through the covers and gets a boundary! IPL Live Score - KXIP 12/1 in 2.1 overs
Aaron Finch is the next man in.
20.07 IST: OUT! A huge appeal and guess what Chris Gayle has started to walk! Ngidi gets the big man which means there is no Gayle storm today. Not the best of deliveries by him, it is short and down the leg side. Gayle tries to work it fine but he might have gone off his gloves to Dhoni who takes it by stretching out to his right. 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. Kings XI Punjab 7/1 in 1.2 overs vs Chennai Super Kings
Lungi Ngidi to share the new ball from the other end.
20.04 IST: FOUR! Good shot by Rahul. A good length outswinger, Rahul leans forward and creams the drive through extra cover. No need to run for shots like that. KXIP 7/0 in 1 over
19.57 IST: We are all set for the action to begin. Out come the players along with the umpire. Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle are the openers for Punjab. Deepak Chahar to bowl the first over. Are Punjab out even before they play this game? The Mumbai-Delhi game is nailbiting... but you can still stay with us... we shall update you...
19.32 IST: TOSS - Chennai Super Kings win toss, opt to bowl against Kings XI Punjab in Pune
19.10 IST: Man of the season for CSK -
Brief Preview: Kings XI Punjab will face the uphill task of not only pulling the rug from under the feet of formidable Chennai Super Kings but also boosting their net run rate in the last IPL round-robin match to salvage any hopes of sneaking into the playoffs. Punjab had started the season with a string of wins before going off the boil. Currently placed at the seventh position with 12 points, Kings XI still have a slender chance of making it to the playoff.
Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are also at 12 points with one match to go but Punjab will have the advantage of knowing exactly what they need to do to make a last-ditch effort to steal a playoff berth. (Read Full Match Preview)