Chennai Super Kings knocked out Kings XI Punjab from the play-offs race of the Indian Premier League (IPL), outplaying them in the last league match by five wickets here on Sunday.
In order to qualify for the play-offs, Punjab had to win this game by 53 runs or more but the visitors failed in doing so and thus got knocked out of the play-offs.
With this result, Rajasthan Royals became the fourth team to progress to the next stage with 14 points. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai are the other three teams.
Put in to bat, Chennai bowlers did a fantastic job to bundle out Punjab for 153. After that, Suresh Raina (61 not out), who played sensibly throughout the innings and Deepak Chahar (39) along with other batters helped Chennai to complete the chase in the 19/1 overs.
Chennai got off to a bad start, losing opener Ambati Rayudu (1) in the second over.
After adding 24 runs to the total with new batsman Suresh Raina (61 not out), opener Faf du Plesis (14) also departed in the fifth over. In the same over, Sam Billings (0) was also sent packing by Ankit Rajpoot.
After five overs, Chennai were reeling at 27/3. Harbhajan Singh was sent up the order. The move also paid little as the off-spinner scored 19 runs in 22 balls which included two boundaries and one six. But in the 11th over, Harbhajan was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin
New Batsman Deepak Chahar (39) and Raina then joined hands and forged a crucial 56-run partnership to steady the Chennai innings.
But just when things seemed good in the middle, Chahar was sent back to the pavilion by Ashwin in the 17th over when scoreboard was reading 114.
The rest of the show was carried by MS Dhoni and his deputy, Raina. Dhoni, completing 4,000 IPL runs, smashed a humongous six to seal the show.
Kings XI Punjab 153 in 19.4 overs (Manoj Tiwary 35, David Miller 24, Karun Nair 54; Lungi Ngidi 4 for 10, Dwayne Bravo 2 for 39, Shardul Thakur 2 for 33, Deepak Chahar 1 for 30) lost to
Chennai Super Kings 159 for 5 in 19.1 overs (Suresh Raina 61*, Deepak Chahar 39, Harbhajan Singh 19, MS Dhoni 16*; Ankit Rajpoot 2 for 19, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 36) by 5 wickets with 5 balls to spare
Player of the Match: Lungi Ngidi.
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