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IPL 2021: KL Rahul's blistering knock in Punjab Kings' consolation win against CSK

IPL 2021: KL Rahul’s blistering knock in Punjab Kings’ comfort win in opposition to CSK | Cricket Information

Dubai: KL Rahul saved his finest for the final as his unbeaten 98 off 42 balls, which for a change was full on intent quotient, helped Punjab Kings crush Chennai Tremendous Kings by six wickets in an inconsequential IPL encounter on Thursday. Chasing 135 for victory, the Punjab group stormed to victory in 13 overs because the CSK skipper MS Dhoni couldn’t discover solutions to cease Rahul’s onslaught.
Skipper Rahul was on the assault from the phrase go, launching into the CSK bowlers. The fashionable right-hander clobbered eight sixes to go along with seven boundaries. He completed it in fashion with an enormous six off Shardul Thakur. The Punjab skipper had been panned for his strategy in a number of the earlier matches the place he dragged the sport deep however Punjab Kings failed to complete on the successful facet. Rahul’s strike-rate had been panned usually throughout this version and eventually the aptitude was again in his batting. Alas, it got here when the horse has bolted the door. 
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Thakur picked three wickets for 28 runs in three to be CSK’s finest bowler on a day when the opposite bowlers together with Deepak Chahar (1/48 from 4 overs), Josh Hazlewood (0 for 22 in 3 overs) and Dwayne Bravo (0/32 in 2 overs) regarded clueless within the face of Rahul’s trendy onslaught.
Rahul saved hitting boundaries and sixes at will whilst the opposite batters did not give you any significant contribution. Something on his legs was whipped between advantageous leg and mid-wicket with utter disdain.
The skipper and Mayank Agarwal (12) placed on 46 in simply 4.3 overs earlier than he dominated one other partnership with Shahrukh Khan (8) for the third wicket, including 34 runs in 4 overs. 
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Not one of the CSK bowlers was in a position to cease a marauding Rahul as Punjab Kings went on the offensive in a bid to win rapidly and enhance their web run-rate. Regardless of the simple win, Punjab’s NRR didn’t go previous fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders with each groups on 12 with the latter set to play later within the night time.
Earlier, Punjab Kings restricted Chennai Tremendous Kings to 134 for six regardless of Faf du Plessis’ 76 off 55 balls. The CSK rating was largely as a result of combating half-century by veteran South African participant du Plessis and the 26 runs within the final two overs. Not one of the different CSK gamers crossed 15-run mark.
For Punjab, leggie Ravi Bishnoi impressed in a spell of 4-0-25-1 which included the scalp of CSK captain MS Dhoni whereas Arshdeep Singh (2/35) and Chris Jordan (2/20) did a superb job for Punjab. Du Plessis waged a lone battle, guaranteeing that the Punjab bowlers didn’t run away with the sport with a hard-working half-century.
The 18th over noticed him hit two boundaries off Jordan’s third over as CSK continued the try and cobble up a decent rating. The South African hit two extra sixes, one off Arshdeep and one off Mohammad Shami within the closing over to provide a much-needed push to the CSK innings in direction of the top. Ravindra Jadeja remained not out on 15 (17 balls, 1 six).
That solely 30 runs got here within the powerplay indicated the CSK batters’ issue in getting Shami & Co away. Coupled with the common lack of wickets, the three-time champions crawled to 50 within the tenth over.
Shami, particularly, was exhausting to get away. His first spell of three was good, as he conceded solely six runs. Left-arm pacer Arshdeep continued to impress and bought the wickets of the in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad (12, 14 balls, 1 4) and Moeen Ali (0).
Gaikwad hit one 4 earlier than he top-edged an tried pull of Arshdeep to provide Shahrukh Khan on the leg-side a straightforward catch. Moeen, who was in good nick within the first section in India, failed to bother the scorers, edging one to Rahul to provide Arshdeep his second scalp.
Robin Uthappa, who changed Suresh Raina within the taking part in XI, didn’t make an impression, falling for simply 2. His tried pull off Jordan noticed Harpreet Brar take an excellent catch at deep-square leg.

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