Punjab’s openers Chris Gayle (63 in 33 balls) and Lokesh Rahul (37 in 22 balls) built a strong foundation of a collective 96 runs in eight overs – achieved by a whopping total of seven fours and four sixes. Punjab’s regime ended, however, with Rahul’s wicket in the eighth over (96-0). Gayle quickly followed in the 12th over, bowled out by Shane Watson.
The rest of Punjab’s batsmen could not further the legacy and succumbed to Chennai’s bowlers. Mayank Agarwal and Yuvraj Singh, replacing Rahul and Gayle respectively, attempted to maintain their run rate but fell too soon. Mayank scored 30 runs and Yuvraj a 20. Finch left the field as quickly he had entered on a golden duck. Karun Nair and captain Ashwin followed to try to cross the margin of 200 but were defeated.
Their disappointing performance on the field, however, did not set them back from winning as Chennai’s batsmen failed to reach the total of 198 in 20 overs. Only Rayudu and Dhoni’s performances were worth talking about. It was a bad day for Watson, Vijay, Billings, and Jadeja, who usually scored a win for the team, as they couldn’t manage even a meager 20 runs each that night.
In the final over, Captain Dhoni tried to turn their luck around and manage 17 runs in six balls. With 11 runs and 2 balls left, Dhoni paced himself to hopefully score two big sixes. He failed and ended the game with a six.
Dhoni, however, did back his team with his best performance so far in the IPL 2018 with a total of 79 runs-not out. However, this game witnessed better bowling skills than batting from both teams, with two wickets each from Punjab’s Tye, and Chennai’s Thakur and Tahir.