Punjab Kings 187 for 4 (Shikhar 88*, Rajapaksa 42, Bravo 2-42) beat Chennai Tremendous Kings 176 for six (Rayudu 78, Rabada 2-23, Rishi Dhawan 2-39) by 11 runs
Kings change gears
The Kings’ strategy to the primary half of the match was to try to batter the opposition mindless from the off. They attacked all through, however have been bedeviled by wickets falling at an equal charge. These ways resulted in just a few eye-catching wins and several other expensive implosions – none extra so than of their final outing, once they have been dismissed for 115 and misplaced to Delhi Capitals by 9 wickets with 57 balls to spare.
Rajapaksa wanted some luck, dropped twice earlier than reaching double-figures, however he made good on it to assist Kings register their first century partnership of the marketing campaign. The pair hit simply six boundaries – one in all which ought to have resulted Rajapaksa being caught at deep midwicket – within the first half of the innings, as Kings reached 72 for 1. However simply as Tremendous Giants did from an equivalent rating in Sunday night time’s recreation on the Wankhede, they successfully raised the tempo by way of the second ten.
A tickled single within the second over of the match made Shikhar, enjoying his two hundredth IPL match, solely the second man after Virat Kohli to score 6000 runs within the competitors. By the point he had moved into the 60s, smashing back-to-back boundaries down the bottom off Dwayne Bravo within the sixteenth over, Shikhar had notched greater than 1000 of them towards Tremendous Kings alone. This was his ninth 50-plus rating, and ultimately sufficient to sink the Yellow Submarine.
Shikhar’s strategy set the template for his aspect, as he ticked alongside at simply above a run-a-ball for the primary half of the innings. A slog-swept six towards Maheesh Theekshana and a pushed 4 off Dwaine Pretorius have been his solely boundaries till he tucked into Mukesh Choudhary within the twelfth, rattling off a pair of cuts that beat the duvet sweeper on each side, after which flicking 4 extra off the pads by way of the ring with fantastic leg up. A 37-ball fifty stored Kings on the right track and, when Rajapaksa fell within the 18th over, Shikhar handed over the strike to Liam Livingstone, whose seven-ball cameo included taking Pretorius for 4-6-6.
Tremendous Kings’ lack-of-powerplay
Tremendous Kings have had issues getting their innings off to good begins all season, and as soon as once more they shipped early wickets within the chase. Sandeep was one in all three adjustments to the Kings XI, as they sought better batting depth on the expense of two real bowlers – Vaibhav Arora and Nathan Ellis; Sandeep had gone wicketless in his solely earlier look, the season opener towards Royal Challengers Bangalore, however he struck along with his fifth ball on this event, Robin Uthappa splicing a pull to midwicket.
Rayudu resurrects chase
With the autumn of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tremendous Kings have been 89 for 4 within the thirteenth over and seemingly properly out of competition, just for Rayudu to unleash a show of unpolluted hitting on the best way to his first fifty of the season. Six instances he launched the ball into the stands, together with a brutal sequence of three in a row off Sandeep throughout an over that introduced Tremendous Kings again to inside vary. However with the asking charge all the way down to 47 off the final 4, Arshdeep delivered a wonderful over of broad yorkers that price simply six runs, and Rabada’s dismissal of Rayudu meant there was an excessive amount of to do – even for Dhoni.