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Masterclass defending gives CSK 3rd home win in a row.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 • Common Sport News Comments

In a match wherein CSK scored 44 runs in the last 3 overs to reach 160/3, And then defending 39 in the last 2 overs when KXIP actually had as many as 7 wickets in hand ,The crowd got to see yet another vintage CSK victory ; With the slowness of the wicket playing the major role as the brilliance of the spinners stood to be a testimony of it .

Gayle and Andrew Tye came back to the KXIP 11 as Mujeeb and Hardus Viljoen sat out. 

Having chosen to bat first and made 3 changes to the team (In- Scott Kuggeleijn, Faf Du Plessis &Harbhajan Singh -Out -Bravo, Mohit, and Thakur), CSK had a 57 run opening stand in 7.2 overs in which 54 runs had come in the first 6 overs. Watson got out as the first wicket in Ravichandran Ashwin's first over after scoring a rather dull 26 ball 24 featuring 3 fours and a six.

In the next stand between Faf and Raina, Faf did the bulk of the scoring before getting out on 54 (38) 2x4 4x6, Caught by Miller near long- on, When the Kings XI captain was bowling the 14th over of the match. 

In the very next delivery, Ashwin got his 3rd wicket of the day and the last wicket that fell in CSK's innings, As Raina failed in an attempt to slog sweep a slower ball and got bowled. At that Juncture, CSK were precariously placed at a 100/3 in 13.4 overs. 

In the next 6.2 overs, CSK got 60 runs. The last 3 overs of the CSK innings had 46 runs to the team's credit. MS Dhoni accelerated towards the ultimatum, in a Vibrant knock that had 37 runs being scored by him in 23 balls with four fours and a six. Rayudu batted lower down the order. In a Similar to his role in his previous franchise, And collected a 15 ball 23 to his credit with a four and a six.

Chasing a modest but extremely tricky 161 to win, Kings XI lost their first two wickets to Harbhajan Singh, In the second over of the chase in a space of 3 deliveries. Gayle got to Harbhajan in a similar way the Jamaican got out to the then CSK Off Spinner R .Ashwin in the 2011 CSK vs RCB final

Gayle got out in the 7th delivery he faced in the match, After scoring 5 runs, With one boundary to his tally.

Soon After, Mank Aggarwal was caught by Faf at Long on, in a trap that came as a tossed up delivery, Which completed a double wicket maiden by the Turbanator.

A 110 run stand between Lokesh Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan did happen in the chase. Yet, That hardly had any impact in the proceedings, As neither of them was able to accelerate at the right junctures. For Example, KXIP were 101/2 when 14 overs were completed and they needed 10 runs per over with 8 wickets in hand. Yet, As Rahul fell after an uncharacteristic 55 off 47 with 3 fours and a six, and that too in a deep moment, As deep as in the 18th over, Hopes of victory was fading for Kings XI. Scott Kuggeleijn picked up this big wicket as Jadeja completed a fine catch at deep Mid -Wicket.

In the penultimate over of the match, Even after Chahar bowled 2 no balls and went for a 4 and a two in those deliveries, and then for one more run of the legal delivery, Due to the words of wisdom offered by MS Dhoni, Chahar managed to bowl a length ball on the stumps ,To which Milller tried to respond by Swinging the bat . He missed and Chahar got a wicket.Miller perished for 6(5 ) 1x4 

With an inevitable conclusion that was nearing, Sarfaraz too couldn't do much as he was also a culprit in terms of the wrong approach to the chase, As he also played an unbefitting knock of 67 off 58 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Scott 
Kuggeleijn became a replica of Bravo in the effort to ensure Sarfaraz's exit, The Kiwi bowler induced a big shot and made the Man from Mumbai get out caught to Faf at Long -On 

Only one run came from the next two deliveries.
CSK's 3rd consecutive home victory was cheered heavily by a vibrant crowd, As Sam Curran and Ravichandran Ashwin left the space in an obvious helpless way.

CSK won the match by 22 runs! Harbhajan Singh was chosen as the man of the match.

Having got back to winning ways, CSK faces KKR in another home fixture, That is scheduled to be faced on Tuesday night. 

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