IPL 2018, KXIP vs CSK: Chris Gayle’s comeback overshadows Dhoni’s highest T20 score in Punjab’s 4-wicket win

A superb last over by Mohit Sharma where he kept on bowling wide off Dhoni’s reach wich seemed ideal at that moment restricted CSK after the visitors needed 17 runs in the final over. Earlier, Chris Gayle showed that he is not yet to be forgotten in T20 cricket as he bludgeoned to his second fastest fifty in the IPL to help Kings XI Punjab post  197 for seven against Chennai Super Kings.

A vintage Mahendra singh Dhoni promised another winning end while chasing to Chennai Super Kings but failed marginally as his 79 off 44 balls went in vain. As a consequence, Kings XI punjab won a riveting contest by 4 runs. A superb last over by Mohit Sharma, where he kept on bowling wide off Dhoni’s reach wich seemed ideal at that moment, restricted CSK after the visitors needed 17 runs in the final over. The run rate climbed way over 12 during Chennai’s consolidation and that last-minute hurrah of Dhony proved just short of doing the job for CSK.

Dhoni’s unbeaten 79 comprised of some heavy blows. His typical helicopter shot, slaps, stand-and-delivered knockdowns had send the home crowds’ heartys racing. The crowd felt that it was almost Dhoni’s night as he came up with big shots at will. He hit a total of five 6s and seven 4s with a strike rate of a little over 177.

Chasing 198, CSK didn’t have the most ideal of starts with Shane watson departing cheaply. Of all people, Ambati Rayadu started CSK’s fightback as he raced to 49 of just 35 balls. However, a moment of brilliance in the field brought Kings XI punjab back into the game when Ashwin hit the stumps to run Rayadu out. Jadeja played a cameo of 19 from 13 balls but from there on it was only Dhoni and power-hitting.

Earlier, Chris Gayle showed that he is not yet to be forgotten in T20 cricket as he bludgeoned to his second fastest fifty in the IPL to help Kings XI Punjab post  197 for seven against Chennai Super Kings. The 38-year-old “King of Universe” who twice went unsold at the auction and was later picked up by the Punjab franchise for a base price of Rs 2 crore, demolished Punjab’s bowlers on their home turf.

The West Indian weaved a 96-run opening partnership alongside the in-form K L Rahul (37 off 22), setting up the platform for a big score. Mayank Agarwal (30 off 19) and Karun Nair (29 off 17) too chipped in with useful contributions.

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