PBKS vs CSK, IPL 2021 Highlights: Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by six wickets

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Moeen Ali

CSK's Moeen Ali plays a shot.   -  BCCI/IPL

Welcome to the highlights of IPL 2021, Match 8 between Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings. This was Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfurled at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

[PBKS vs CSK, IPL 2021, MATCH 8 LIVE SCORECARD]

HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT THEY SAID

Deepak Chahar | Player of the Match: I think I enjoyed Mayank's wicket the most. You want to pitch it close to middle and then move to hit top of off. When the catch went to Ruturaj, I wanted Jadeja to be there because he's the one fielder who can take the difficult ones. Hopefully, I can deliver in some more matches. As a bowler, my plan is to bowl dots, if I don't take wickets.

MS Dhoni: Feels very good. Been a very long journey. I think 2011 was the last time we were very happy with the Chennai wicket. After that however hard the groundsmen tried, we were not happy with the wicket. Especially after relaying, the ball doesn't come on to the bat nicely. Here we have a very good pitch. Movement off the seam, bounce and runs. Chahar is somebody who has developed at a death-overs bowler too. As a bowling unit we have more resources. I was looking to attack, so bowled his four overs and it helps in becoming fit because to bowl 4 successive overs you need to be fit. We wanted Moeen to bat high because we wanted to make the best use of resources we have.

Moeen Ali: Obviously disappointed with the result after the last game, but it was a great end for us tonight. I was told just to enjoy myself and I'm just really enjoying the environment and my role in the team. I really enjoy batting in the top three. It's a chance to make an impact and at the moment. I was just trying to get the timing right and hit the ball in the gaps. I'm not a big-hitter, I just try to time it. It was a great bowling performance from the boys which puts us ahead in the game from the start and feels nice to get a wicket.

KL Rahul: There's not much to say. If any team loses five wickets in the first seven or eight overs, it's always going to be catch-up. They bowled well, we played some bad shots, that's how the game goes. It (pitch) was a lot more sticky and tacky than what it looked like. Credit to the CSK bowlers, they bowled in the right channels, Deepak with his knuckle balls got a couple of wickets, getting myself run-out doesn't help the team. It's a good learning for us, hopefully we can learn from these mistakes and come back stronger in the next game.

We have pace in our attack, we obviously want to use that. We would like to review ourselves on the key points that we speak about before the game and if we stuck to those plans. Last game we got 220, this game we couldn't get even half of it.

It's important that we learn from our mistakes and that's the sort of team we want to be. We still want to go out there and play fearless cricket. It's T20 cricket, more often than not, you'll score big runs but there'll be one or two games in a season where you lose wickets like this. It's important that we take it on the chin and move forward and get better next game.

RESULT: CSK beats PBKS by six wickets

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS INNINGS

CSK 107/4 in 15.4 overs: Curran finds the gap to do the job for CSK in only 94 balls. This will provide a big boost to the Dhoni-led side's Net Run Rate (NRR) which might prove to be life-saving at a later stage in the tournament.

CSK 102/4 in 15 overs: The short ball finally causes Raina's undoing. Plays at a ball flying over his head and ends up edging it to a leaping Rahul behind the stumps. What is happening? Rayudu falls for a golden duck off the very next delivery. Executes a bizarre shot and it is catching practice for Pooran at cover point. Shami on a hat-trick ball. It is a yorker but Curran's safely squeezed it away.

CSK 97/2 in 15 overs: Wide... Meredith starts off with a nasty bouncer to test Raina but that is way off limits. Wow! Follows it up with two more fiery bouncers that Raina misses. A slower ball next and Raina gets an under-edge rolling down to Rahul on this occasion. This is impressive bowling from the young man. A lot of confusion ensues after the umpire asks for a no-ball check. The third umpire says it is a fair delivery but adjudges du Plessis out, seeing the ball pass close to the gloves. The on-field umpire goes back upstairs and this time Snicko overrules it all. Du Plessis survives.

CSK 95/2 in 13 overs: Moeen goes for the moon! A delightful six off the southpaw's willow, this. Ashwin, otherwise an economical bowler, has been hit all about the park today. WICKET! It all comes to an end as Moeen hits one straight down Shahrukh's throat at deep midwicket. Raina comes to the crease and goes for it from the get-go. That boundary straight down the ground is the shot of a man in form.

CSK 84/1 in 12 overs: The Universe Boss, at midwicket, dives and saves a few runs. But, ah, could it get any worse for Punjab? A Pooran overthrow races away to the ropes. To add insult to injury, du Plessis works another delivery down to the fence. The equation now stands at 23 runs off 48 balls.

CSK 74/1 in 11 overs: A skinny bouncer to start off the over. Moeen positions himself awkwardly and doesn't play at it. However, he gets on top of the next short delivery - wider this time - and swivel-pulls over midwicket to pocket a boundary. Shami slips in a yorker next and Moeen manages to dig that out. Bad news for PBKS: The last ball has just gone for a boundary again. Moeen is on a roll!

CSK 64/1 in 10 overs: Du Plessis greets Ashwin with a scythe down backward point for four runs. The pressure's right on the bowler, who gifts another wide down leg.

CSK 53/1 in 9 overs: The 50 comes up for CSK, courtesy a powerful thrash through extra cover by Moeen. Time for the strategic timeout, folks. Punjab needs it more than anybody else now.

CSK 47/1 in 8 overs: The only way Punjab can win this contest is by taking wickets at regular intervals. Rahul realises this and has brought in Gayle at slip. And straightaway... An edge off the second ball goes wide of Gayle and down to the fence. Unlucky for PBKS and Ashwin!

CSK 37/1 in 7 overs: Arshdeep is mixing it up nicely to frustrate Moeen and du Plessis. Woah! Moeen has pulled one just over the short midwicket fielder to score a boundary. This was tantalisingly close.

CSK 32/1 in 6 overs: Moeen leans into the drive as he dispatches Meredith's 142kmph-er through extra cover for four. A good comeback by Meredith, however, as Moeen gets beaten off consecutive deliveries. The Englishman does have the last laugh, though as he gets four more off the last ball of the over.

CSK 24/1 in 5 overs: Arshdeep is into the attack. Gaikwad, meanwhile, is still struggling to middle the odd ball. AND GONE! This was long coming, wasn't it? The left-arm pacer bangs it short and Gaikwad has hit it straight to Hooda at deep midwicket.

CSK 22/0 in 4 overs: Du Plessis hits the first boundary of the CSK innings. Shimmies down the track, gives himself some room and drives it through the region between mid-off and cover. The Aussie bowls one at the pads again and gets punished as du Plessis has worked it down fine to the fence. Wait up... We have the first maximum as well. The South African shuffles across, goes down on one knee and unleashes the dreaded scoop.

CSK 8/0 in 3 overs: Another inside edge which zooms just past the stumps and Gaikwad is living life on the edge. Four runs off that over.

Ruturaj Gaikwad

CSK's Ruturaj Gaikwad plays a shot.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

CSK 4/0 in 2 overs: Richardson to ply his trade with the new ball now. Starts off with a leg-lined ball but follows it up with two good-length deliveries. Gaikwad must have had his heart in his mouth there as he doesn't quite middle a cross-batted shot but it lands just wide of the cover fielder.

CSK 2/0 in 1 over: Gaikwad is off the mark straightaway with a single. Shami, meanwhile, gets a fiery inswinger to hit du Plessis' pads off the second ball of the over. So close yet so far! Another half-an-appeal follows but Rahul decides against going upstairs.

Some magic words for his boys from Rahul before they take the field. CSK's du Plessis and Gaikwad make their way into the middle too. Shami will open the bowling.

Deepak Chahar: I think it was more seam than swing and we bowled in the right areas. Last year was difficult for all of us. I had Covid, was in quarantine for 28 days and after that I played in just four days. We planned, prepared well for the game today. Had to do a lot of planning because the first two games here were high-scoring. We got some time to prepare and things went our way as we executed well. I think chasing 107 swill be easy for us and hopefully, we will finish well and keep the run-rate high.

INNINGS BREAK: Chennai Super Kings need 107 to win

PUNJAB KINGS INNINGS

PBKS 106/8 in 20 overs: A good innings from Shahrukh comes to an end as he miscues a shorter one from Curran into the night sky. Jadeja, at deep midwicket, covers quite a few yards in no time to get this safely into the basket. Meredith walks in but doesn't face a single delivery.

PBKS 100/7 in 19 overs: This needs to be THE over for Punjab. Shahrukh, especially, needs to go hammer and tongs at Bravo if Punjab needs to get somewhere close to a-run-a-ball score of 120. The Trinidadian, however, does an excellent job to give away only four as Punjab enters triple digits.

PBKS 96/7 in 18 overs: Thakur starts off with a wide. It gets worse as Shahrukh gets a top-edge to pick up four more off the last.

PBKS 87/7 in 17 overs: CSK's designated death bowler Bravo will bowl his first. Will Shahrukh go after him? He does. Goes downtown off a slower delivery to pick up a boundary. He is running out of partners, though. Ashwin has mistimed a loft into Rayudu's hands at mid-off. Shami replaces the spinner in the middle.

PBKS 81/6 in 16 overs: Thakur, meanwhile, continues to be a bit expensive when compared to the rest of his teammates. A short delivery has been pulled away by Shahrukh in absolute disdain towards midwicket. The tactical break has been taken.

PBKS 73/6 in 15 overs: Moeen's length delivery has been dispatched deep into the stands near midwicket as Shahrukh hammers the first ball with the turn. An otherwise decent over from CSK.

Shahrukh Khan

Punjab Kings' Shahrukh Khan plays a shot.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

PBKS 64/6 in 14 overs: Another of Jadeja's blink-and-you-miss overs. Ashwin and Shahrukh do not take any undue risk and rightly so... especially after what they saw in the last over.

PBKS 61/6 in 13 overs: Moeen goes fuller and makes Richardson pay for being over ambitious! The Australian, who tries to go big but ends up missing the line of the ball completely, sees the Zings light up. Murugan Ashwin is the new man in.

PBKS 56/5 in 12 overs: Richardson finally decides to take on Jadeja. Has absolutely creamed this drive through cover to pick up four runs.

PBKS 52/5 in 11 overs: A decent first over, this, from Moeen. Concedes only four singles.

PBKS 48/5 in 10 overs: A confident appeal as Jadeja's first delivery goes to crash onto Richardson's pads. The umpire doesn't seem to be too interested though.

PBKS 45/5 in 9 overs: Richardson welcomes Thakur with a glorious boundary. Shahrukh ends the over on a high again, muscling a fuller delivery through extra cover. Time for the first strategic timeout of the day.

PBKS 34/5 in 8 overs: Spin has been introduced and Jadeja is extracting some serious turn off the surface straightaway! That, however, doesn't deter Shahrukh who goes the distance off the last delivery.

PBKS 26/5 in 7 overs: A seam-up 140 kmph delivery from Chahar sees Hooda go through with his shot early nevertheless. Ends up playing it into the safe hands of du Plessis at short cover. With 4/13, this is Chahar's best-ever IPL figures.

Deepak Chahar

Deepak Chahar celebrates a wicket.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

PBKS 26/4 in 6 overs: Hooda breaks the shackles with a boundary. Stands tall and punches Thakur's second ball through cover. Three more runs come off the over as CSK sees through a brilliant PowerPlay.

PBKS 19/4 in 5 overs: Chahar's back into the attack. More fielders have been stationed on the offside for Gayle. And the ploy works and how! A knuckle ball this from Chahar and SIR JADEJA... YOU ABSOLUTE BEAST... He runs in to take an absolute blinder, diving forward at point. Wait, we aren't done yet. Another one bites the dust as Pooran holes out to Thakur at deep backward square leg.

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates a wicket.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

PBKS 18/2 in 4 overs: Curran continues to impress. Five dots and a single off the over.

PBKS 17/2 in 3 overs: With the fielder at fine leg within the 30-yard circle, Gayle has gone exploring off an inswinger. The big man follows it up with another boundary - a streaky one at that which flies over the head of Raina at first slip. KL Rahul's gone. That's a big, big wicket! Jadeja with yet another of his pinpoint direct hits. Hooda comes to the crease.

KL Rahul

CSK players successfully appeal for KL Rahul's wicket.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

PBKS 7/1 in 2 overs: Curran to share the new ball. Strays away from the line after bowling a couple of good deliveries to pitch outside leg. Rahul has flicked it handsomely down fine leg to pick up his first boundary.

PBKS 2/1 in 1 over: CSK is off to a brilliant start as Chahar strikes to remove Mayank for a two-ball duck! Was an absolute peach of a delivery that swung viciously away from the right-handed batter to hit the top of off stump. Gaikwad, meanwhile, drops a dolly at backward point as Gayle heaves a sigh of relief...

The "Kings" take on each other in a titanic game of thrones. Who will come out on top tonight? Only time will tell...

Out come the umpires. Dhoni leads his side onto the field as well. Rahul and Mayank to open for Punjab. Chahar to bowl the first over. Let's play!

PLAYING XI

Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar

WHAT THEY SAID

Rahul: We did well in the last game and we should try and assess the pitch and put some runs on the board. Pitch looks good. When any set batter is batting it is tough to control and I try to encourage my bowlers and even if they go for runs it's okay. Supporting them and backing them is really important. No changes for us. We are going with the same team.

Dhoni: We will bowl first. Cricket is a mental game and adaptability is a key factor. Overall, it's more a mental game than the physical aspect. (The pitch) looks a bit tacky. There's a bit more grass. Bit of dew settles down a bit in the second innings as well. The first few overs are really crucial. We are playing the same team.

TOSS UPDATE

MS Dhoni has won the toss and elected to field.

MS Dhoni and KL Rahul

KL Rahul and MS Dhoni during the toss.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

PITCH REPORT

"We have a fresh pitch for today's game. There is a nice, green tinge. I think it will be a good surface. It may not have as much seam movement. What we have seen in the last game here is good skills from the pacers. The dew starts to fall in the back-end of the contest and yorkers will have to come in big time if you are a bowling side," reckons Ian Bishop.

KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja

KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and Krishnappa Gowtham ahead of the IPL 2021 match between Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings on Friday.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

MATCH PREVIEW

Having earned a win in a last-ball thriller, something that K.L. Rahul’s outfit failed to do consistently in the latter half of IPL 2020, Punjab Kings will return to Wankhede Stadium as a much more confident unit against Chennai Super Kings today.

MS Dhoni and KL Rahul

FILE PHOTO: Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings captains MS Dhoni and KL Rahul during IPL 2020.   -  BCCI/SPORTZPICS

 

The Super Kings will be keen on getting their act together to open the account. The side needs to get the combination right to attain the desired results. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men will be far from fielding the ideal combination, with pace duo of Lungi Ngidi and Jason Behrendorff missing out due to mandatory quarantine period after travel.

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It will be interesting to see if the Super Kings accommodate Imran Tahir, the veteran leggie, to bolster the bowling department. The lack of wicket-taking options, especially with the dew at the Wankhede Stadium making life difficult for finger spinners, was one of the vital aspects of CSK’s inability to defend a total of 188 in its opener against Delhi Capitals.

Punjab Kings, despite starting the tournament with a narrow win against Rajasthan Royals, will be hoping that its new signings - Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith - will adapt to bowling with a wet ball after conceding 104 runs off their eight overs combined.

- Amol Karhadkar

PREDICTED XI

PBKS: KL Rahul (c/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

The two teams have played against each 24 times in the IPL. While CSK has won 15 games, PBKS has emerged victorious on nine occasions.

CSK has won four of the last five matches played between the two teams in the league.

 

 

TOP PERFORMERS IN THIS FIXTURE

Highest run-gettersRuns scored
Suresh Raina (CSK; 2008-2015, 2018-Present)711
MS Dhoni (CSK; 2008-2015, 2018-Present)525
Faf du Plessis (CSK; 2011-2015, 2018-Present)481
Top-wicket takersWickets taken
Ravichandran Ashwin (CSK; 2008-2015, PBKS; 2018-2019, DC; 2020-Present)18
Dwayne Bravo (CSK; 2011-2015, 2018-Present)14
Albie Morkel (CSK; 2008-2013)12

STARS FROM LAST SEASON

Highest run-gettersRuns scored
KL Rahul (PBKS; 2018-Present)670
Faf du Plessis (CSK; 2008-2015, 2018-Present)449
Mayank Agarwal (PBKS; 2018-Present)424
Top wicket-takersWickets taken
Mohammed Shami (PBKS; 2018-Present)20
Sam Curran (CSK; 2020-Present)18
Ravi Bishnoi (PBKS; 2020-Present)13

PBKS vs CSK DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM PICKS

Sportstar's fantasy cricket predictions and tips for today's IPL match - PBKS vs CSK

Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul (10.5 credits), Nicholas Pooran (9 credits)

Batsmen: Chris Gayle (9.5 credits), Faf du Plessis (9.5 credits), Ambati Rayudu (9 credits)

All-rounders: Moeen Ali (C) (8.5 credits), Sam Curran (VC) (9 credits), Ravindra Jadeja (9 credits)

Bowlers: Mohammed Shami (9 credits), Shardul Thakur (8.5 credits), Arshdeep Singh (8.5 credits)

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STAT ATTACK - IPL 2021

  • MOST RUNS (ORANGE CAP) - Nitish Rana (KKR)
  • MOST WICKETS (PURPLE CAP) - Harshal Patel (RCB)
  • MOST FOURS - Nitish Rana (KKR)
  • MOST SIXES - Sanju Samson (RR)
  • LONGEST SIX - Glenn Maxwell (RCB)
  • MOST MAIDENS - Mohammed Siraj (RCB)
  • MOST DOT BALLS - Mohammed Siraj (RCB)
  • MOST FIFTIES - Nitish Rana (KKR)
  • MOST CENTURIES - Sanju Samson (RR)
  • BEST BOWLING AVERAGE - Jaydev Unadkat (RR)
  • BEST ECONOMY - Jaydev Unadkat (RR)
  • BEST BATTING AVERAGE - Manish Pandey (SRH)
  • BEST BATTING STRIKE RATE - Sanju Samson (RR)
  • BEST BOWLING FIGURES - Andre Russell (KKR)
  • FASTEST BALL - Pat Cummins (KKR)

SQUADS

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth

Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar

AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY'S IPL 2021 MATCH - PBKS vs CSK START?

The IPL 2021 Match 8 between Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings begins at 7:30 PM IST.

WHERE TO WATCH TODAY'S IPL MATCH - PBKS vs CSK LIVE?

IPL 2021 will be aired live on Star Sports channels - Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar. You can also follow the live commentary and latest updates from IPL 2021 on Sportstar.