Interestingly, both the teams went with the same Playing 11 from their previous matches. Head to head to record suggests that CSK have an advantage over PBKS with a 14-9 lead but past record holds for nothing in this format and we might have a big, exciting contest. Dhoni said after the toss: "We will bowl first. We will get hit off good deliveries but it is important to assess as a bowler. Cricket is a mental game and adaptability is a key factor. Overall, it's a mental game than the physical aspect. Looks a bit tacky and a bit more grass on the pitch. Bit of dew is there but settles down a bit and in the second innings as well, the first few overs are really crucial. We are playing the same team." Punjab captain KL Rahul said: "We did well in the last game and we should try and assess the pitch and put some runs on the board. Pitch looks good. When any set batter is batting it is tough to control and I try to encourage my bowlers and even if they go for runs it's okay. … [Read more...] about IPL 2021: PBKS vs CSK: Toss report: MS Dhoni plays 200th game for Chennai Super Kings, opts to bowl
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Chahar's four wickets had helped CSK restrict Punjab Kings to a paltry 106/8. In response, CSK easily chased down the target with 26 balls to spare thanks to a quickfire 46 off 31 from Moeen. IPL SPECIAL PAGE | SCOREBOARD: CSK VS PBKS Chasing 107, CSK had a slow start as the side scored just eight runs in the first 18 balls with both openers trying to get into the groove in the initial overs. Ruturaj Gaikwad was seen struggling a bit, but Faf eased the pressure with two fours and a six in the fourth over. Ruturaj's stint came to end in the fifth over as he tried to pull Arshdeep Singh but top edged the ball with Deepak Hooda making no mistake. Moeen Ali, who then came into bat, started smashing right from the word go as CSK got a move on. In no time, CSK raced to 64/1 in 10 overs having scored just eight in the first 18 balls. Du Plessis kept scoring at run a ball but Moeen continued his onslaught as CSK got almost home before he departed in the 13th over with just 17 … [Read more...] about IPL 2021: PBKS vs CSK: Match report: Deepak Chahar inspires Chennai Super Kings to 6-wicket win
Mumbai, April 16, 2021 -M.S. Dhoni marked his 200th game for Chennai Super Kings on Friday with a crushing six wicket Indian Premier League win over Punjab Kings. Moeen Ali hit 46 off 31 balls as Chennai reached 107 for four to secure their first win of the season with 26 balls to spare. Victory was crucial in relieving pressure on the 39-year-old Dhoni, whose side failed to reach the IPL play offs for the first time last year. "It makes me feel very old," joked Dhoni of his landmark game. "It has been a very long journey, I started in 2008." Chennai have won three titles under the former India captain but have seen the IPL dominated by arch-rivals Mumbai Indians in recent years and are seeking to rebuild. This victory put them among six teams in the eight team Twenty20 league with one victory from two games and Dhoni knows they will need more consistency to add to their titles. Punjab made only 106 for eight after Deepak Chahar tore through their upper … [Read more...] about Dhoni wins 200th game for Chennai Super Kings to open IPL account
Chahar, who missed a lot of action in the IPL 2020 after testing Covid 19 positive, made an emphatic statement of his skills against the Punjab outfit. Chahar said he used the seam on offer. "I think there was a bit more seam than swing. We bowled in the right areas today. Absolutely, last year was difficult for all of us and I had Covid 19. I had to stay in quarantine for at least 28 days and then after four days I had to play. "It took a toll on us. This year we trained well and the last game (Rajasthan Royals) was a bit of a wake-up call for us. Things went our way today. I think the pitch will stay the same. I think we will have to score 107 and it'll be easy for us," Chahar told host broadcaster during the innings break. "I think the first wicket (of Mayank Agarwal) pleased me. It was dream ball: pitches on middle and hitting off. I think it's a ball you dream about - the outswinger hitting the top of off. "The first over catch (off Chris Gayle) went to Ruturaj, only Jaddu … [Read more...] about IPL 2021: PBKS vs CSK: Deepak Chahar takes 4/13 for Chennai Super Kings; how the pacer got wickets!
Ishant suffering from heel niggle, Delhi Capitals' Head Coach Ponting reveals. IMAGE: Rishabh Pant stole the limelight on Thursday when he had his arm around Avesh Khan's shoulder after the bowler was clobbered for two sixes. Avesh got a wicket off the very next ball. Photograph: IPL/Twitter Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting revealed on Thursday that pacer Ishant Sharma is suffering from a heel niggle. The 32-year-old, who was retained by Delhi ahead of the IPL auction, missed the games against Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, which paved the way for 24-year-old pacer Avesh Khan's selection in the team. "He (Avesh Khan) has been ultra-impressive, pretty much from the first day we arrived here for the training camp. Physically he looks a little bit better, he lost a little bit of weight from last season. He is definitely fitter and bowling faster. Without a little bit of extra fitness on his side, he is able to maintain his action better. His … [Read more...] about Avesh impressively filling in for Ishant at DC