IPL : CSK beat PBK by six wickets
After four successive matches that swung wildly at the death for come-from-behind-wins, the Chennai Super Kings eased to a straightforward victory against the Punjab Kings, to notch their first points of IPL 2021.
A bowling masterclass led by Deepak Chahar dismantled the Kings top order, and there was no magic recovery this time. Chahar took out four of the Kings' top five, while the other man - KL Rahul - was run out.
For a team structure heavily dependent on the top order to make the bulk of the runs, being 26 for 5 meant the end of the Kings' hopes in this game. Chahar bowled a spectacular first spell, with MS Dhoni continuing to bowl him beyond the powerplay for all four overs in one stretch and he ended with 4 for 13, bowling an incredible 18 dot balls.
It was left to Shahrukh Khan to show a glimpse of his muscular hitting capacity, with 47 off 36 from No. 6 to drag the team into three figures. The 106 for 8 they ended up with was still the lowest total for any team that has batted out its 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium in the IPL.
The Super Kings had a good opportunity to beef up their net run rate. Moeen Ali, who scored 46 off 31, did exactly that, and although a two-in-two burst from Mohammed Shami then slowed the charge, the Super Kings still eased to victory in the 16th over for the loss of just four wickets.