KXIP vs CSK | Harbhajan strikes by removing KL Rahul

KXIP vs CSK | Harbhajan strikes by removing KL Rahul

KXIP vs CSK | Harbhajan strikes by removing KL Rahul

In the first two matches, CSK weren't at their very best.

Chennai almost pulled off its third successive last-over victory before finishing on 5-193 with Dhoni, braving back pain, unbeaten on 79 off 44 balls with six fours and five sixes. Watson started well hitting back-to-back fours off Mohit, but the bowler had the last laugh three balls later.

Together with Ravindra Jadeja (19), Dhoni smashed seamers Mohit Sharma (1-47) and Andrew Tye (2-47) for 38 runs before Sharma kept his nerve and conceded 12 in the last over to earn Punjab its second win. "I am feeling like 25, the Universe Boss is back!" Whether it is the eternal favourite Chennai Super Kings or perennial under-performer Kings XI Punjab, all franchises are in test-run mode before the bigger battles. To be fair, it was always going to be hard to match KXIP's powerplay - KL Rahul and Gayle were going bonkers then, piling on 75 for nought in six overs - but Chennai, having scored 53, fell further behind when they lost both their openers.

When KL Rahul holed out to DJ Bravo off Harbhajan Singh (4-41-1) on the last ball of the 8th over, KXIP were 96-1 and were motoring along at a run rate of 12 runs per over. Aaron Finch, after his return, perished to Imran Tahir and recorded his second golden-duck on the trot.

Kings XI had posted 197-7 thanks to 63 from the recalled Chris Gayle, the West Indies opener hitting four sixes and seven fours in a brutal 33-ball knock that laid the platform for his side.

The CSK captain finished with six fours and five sixes.

Ashwin brought himself on immediately after the powerplay and accounted for the all-important of Sam Billings. "Raina at the top of the order, one left-hander, and if we can have Jadeja as a floater.so if we can just give him the opportunity, which we haven't so far, and I hope he can come good", said Dhoni.

Where next for the teams?

Kohli completed his fastest 50 in the IPL off 26 balls and kept the home team in the game by raising the team's 100 runs in 10 overs. Sunrisers Hyderabad is leading the table with three wins in three matches.

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