IPL 2018: Dhoni’s career-best fails to see CSK through; KXIP win by 4 runs

Kings XI Punjab won their second match at Mohali which helps them to move up the Vivo IPL points table. Chennai Super Kings tried to chase the mammoth target but failed to do so.

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Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai Super Kings by 4 runs in yet another nail-biter match in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018). Chasing a mammoth total of 198, CSK kept losing wickets at regular intervals, but in the end captain Dhoni (79 runs off 44 balls) stood tall to make sure it did not become a one-sided match. However, CSK fell short by 4 runs. Earlier, Chris Gayle made a quick fire 63 for KXIP and was declared man of the match. After winning their 3rd match, Kings XI Punjab moved to the second spot in the VIVO IPL points table.

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Chennai Super Kings did not have the best of the starts as they would have liked chasing 198. Shane Watson played some shots before getting out for 11.
Earlier, put into bat first, Kings XI Punjab had a dream start as the comeback king Chris Gayle went hammer and tongs from ball one. Lokesh Rahul was not far behind, and he too hit some good shots. Chris Gayle scored 63 runs. Other batsmen did get starts but failed to convert them into big scores, Despite Tahir getting two wickets in two balls, KXIP was able to reach 197-7 in the 20 overs. Chennai Super Kings will need 198 to win when they come out to bat.

Chennai Super Kings innings update: Over by over
Over 1: Shane Watson and Murali Vijay open for CSK. Barinder Sran leads the attack for KXIP. Starts off with a wide. Dot ball. Wide again. Saved a four. End of over. CSK 9-0.

Over 2: Mohit Sharma into the attack. Lucky four for Watson. Cut, gone for four. Dot. Another Dot. Straight to the fielder at point. In the air, Watson is gone. Mohit Sharma strikes. Wason gone for 11. Ambati Raydu comes in.

Over 3: Sran continues,Cheeky single. Straight drive, gone for four. Singles coming easily. Huge six by Murali Vijay.

Over 4: Murali Vijay got dismissed trying to hit a six, but the ball went too high. He made 12 from 10.

Over 5: Sam Billings joined Ambati Raydu. Just five from the over, and a few dot balls as well. Tye is keeping it very tight.

Over 6: Mujeeb into the attack. Edge, just a single. Too wide from the leg stump, dispatched for four. Dot ball. Appeal. Not out. CSK 53-2.

Over 7: Five runs came from the over and a wicket. CSK: 58-3

Over 8: Yuvraj Singh bowled the over. Leaked 10 runs. CSK: 68-3

Over 9: Thirteen runs came from this Ashwin over. CSK: 81-3

Over 10: Mujeebur bowls a tight over, concedes four runs only. CSK: 85-3

Over 11: Nine runs came from the over. CSK: 94-3

Over 12: Mujeeb continues. Dhoni is struggling. Raydu hits hard but just for two. CSK: 101-3

Over 13: Ashwin keeping it really tight, won’t mind singles. Just 6 runs came from the over.

Over 14: Sran is back. Short ball, Raydu dispatches it for maximum. Dt ball, Raydu did not read it well. Miscommunication, direct hit, Raydu is gone. Run out for 49. Jadeja comes in.

Over 15: Ashwin to continue, Dhoni hits him for a six. Dot ball, precious at this time. CSK 122-4

Over 16: Sran to Dhoni, dot ball, Wide. Dhoni takes a single. Wide again. CSK searching for one huge over. Another dot ball. Pressure mounting. Risky double. CSK 131-4. Need 67 from 24. | Readmore…

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IPL 2018 match schedule: Mumbai and Chennai to play opening game on April 7

A total of 60 matches will be played at nine venues across 51 days from April 7 to May 27

IPL 2018

The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League will begin on 7 April at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The season opener will be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and comeback team Chennai Super Kings. Apart from the hosting opening game and the final of the IPL 2018, Mumbai host the first qualifier. Chennai Super Kings will also play the last league match on May 20 against Kings XI Punjab.

A total of 60 matches will be played at nine venues across 51 days from April 7 to May 27. The two qualifiers and the eliminator will be played between May 22 and May 25. In this year’s IPL, all the double header- 12 in total – will be played over weekend. Out of 60 matches, 12 will be played in afternoon 48 will be played in the evening. The afternoon games will start from 4:00 pm and evening games will start from 8:00 pm. Earlier in January, the IPL governing council had approved the proposal that evening matches would begin at 7pm and afternoon matches would begin at 5:30 pm. But after IPL franchises’s demand IPL council decided to stick to the original match timings.

In the addition to home bases of the eight franchises, Indore will be the ninth venue in the IPL 2018. Kings XI Punjab will host three of their home games in Indore and the remaining four matches in Mohali.

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