Deepak Chahar had starred for Chennai Super Kings as they comfortably defeated Punjab Kings by 6 wickets in the Indian Premier League 2021. Get the full story below.
Quick Stats from the game
- Punjab Kings: 106-8
- Chennai Super Kings: 107-4 with 26 balls remaining
- Top Batsman: Shahrukh Khan (47 off 36)
- Top Bowler: Deepak Chahar (4-13)
- Man of the Match: Deepak Chahar
Bowlers Lead the Onslaught Again
The day started with Chennai Super Kings winning the toss and electing to field first.
Punjab Kings went ahead with an unchanged playing XI from the previous game except for this time, the end result was an entirely different one.
In line with a seemingly emerging pattern of bowlers calling the shots, Chennai Super Kings had a field day with the ball. Most notably, it was Deepak Chahar’s remarkable spell of just 14 runs and 4 wickets that shifted the momentum in their favour.
Chahar got the crucial wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, and Nicholas Pooran.
PBKS Top Batsmen
- Shahrukh Khan: 47 off 36; 4 4s, 2 6s
- Jhye Richardson: 15 off 22; 2 4s
CSK Top Bowlers
- Deepak Chahar: 4-13, 4 overs
- Sam Curran: 1-12, 3 overs
In fact, by the time Hooda departed, PBKS were already struggling heavily at 26-5 in 6.2 overs. Shahrukh Khan scored a much-needed 47 off 36 balls to add some substance to his team’s innings.
Jhye Richardson added another 15 runs to be Punjab’s second-highest run-scorer for the evening. With some additional contributions from Mohammad Shami and Murugan Ashwin, Punjab Kings ended the innings at 106-8.
Meanwhile, Chennai’s bowler had a day to remember with almost all of them bowling at an economy rate of less than 6.00. Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo, and Sam Curran also got a wicket each.
A Comfortable Chase for Chennai
Chasing a small target of 107 runs, all Chennai Super Kings had to tackle it patiently.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis took CSK to a strong start before the former departed for 5 from 16. Moeen Ali came next and assisted du Plessis in leading the chase.
Together, they stitched a partnership of 66 runs before Ali got out to M Ashwin. By then, Chennai were 90-2 in 12.3 overs, needing 17 runs in 45 balls.
CSK Top Batsmen
- Moeen Ali: 46 off 31; 7 4s, 1 6s
- Faf du Plessis: 36 off 18; 3 4s, 1 6s
PBKS Top Bowlers
- Mohammad Shami: 2-21; 4 overs
- Arshdeep Singh: 1-7; 2 overs
From that point, it was just a matter of time for the CSK boys to win the match. Suresh Raina and du Plessis saw to the job to some extent although, Raina and later Ambati Rayudu, fell cheaply to Shami.
Sam Curran finished the job at the end as Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets with 26 balls to spare.