CSK beat KXIP by 5 wickets | Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings Live Cricket Score 56th T20 Match

Indian Premier League, 2018

Date: May 20, 2018 Start Time: 20:00 IST | 14:30 GMT | 20:00 Local
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
KXIP
153/10 Overs: 19.4
CSK
159/5 Overs: 19.1
Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings Live Cricket Score - 56th T20 Match - Summary

End of Over : 19.1 CSK: 159/5

Okay! Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Rajasthan are our final four. Surprised? Definitely. Not seeing Mumbai over there does raise questions. But well done to the other teams. The first two have been consistent, which is why they get two bites of the same cherry. Hyderabad and Chennai face off in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 1330 GMT (1900 local). The winner moves to the final while the loser gets another chance - awaiting the winner of the Kolkata-Rajasthan clash in the Eliminator in Kolkata on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 1330 GMT (1900 local). Join us for the clashes! ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

19.1 6

SIX! Done and dusted on the first ball itself. A short ball, on middle, Dhoni swivels and pulls it over backward square leg! CHENNAI WIN BY 5 WICKETS WITH 5 BALLS TO SPARE!!!

End of Over : 19 22 Runs CSK: 153/5
18.6 0

What an anti-climax. As if Katappa does not fight so that Baahubali gets the credit and finishes off the demon. Aaah... too filmy. Full and outside off, watchfully defended. Raina wants Dhoni to finish this off. So does the crowd.

18.5 4

FOUR! Toying with the bowling now. Another short ball, Raina pulls it past short fine leg for a boundary to level the scores!

18.4 4

MISFIELD! FOUR! A length ball outside off, Raina backs away and slices it towards cover. The fielder comes running in but in his excitement, overruns the ball and it goes past him!

18.3 6

SIX! A well-earned half century for Mr. Raina. Took his time and is now coming into his own. Gets a length ball and swats it right back over the bowler. Seems mistimed as that came off the bottom half of the bat. But the timing was such that it cleared long on.

18.2 2

Works it through mid-wicket and gets a brace now.

18.1 6

SIX! VIOLENCE! A short ball on middle, Raina pulls this over mid-wicket for a biggie! 17 more needed from 11 balls now.

End of Over : 18 11 Runs CSK: 131/5
17.6 4

FOUR! TONK! A short ball on middle, Dhoni pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

17.5 1

A short ball on middle, SR miscues this pull but the ball does not carry to long on.

17.4 1

The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. The batsmen have run through for a single.

17.3 1

Thick inside edge by the batsman, ball goes down to fine leg. They pick up a single.

17.2 2

Top edge, but safe! A short ball on middle, Suresh swings hard but gets a top edge which does not carry to third man. A couple taken.

17.2 1

WIDE. A bouncer on middle. Too high and it is signalled a wide.

17.1 1

On middle and off, pushed down to long on for a single.

Summary

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) face the herculean task of stopping a star-studded Chennai Super Kings to seal a play-off berth when the two sides face-off in their last Indian Premier League (IPL) league game at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Apart from Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) also share 12 points each and with a sole match remaining for them, any of the four could make to the final four.

 

With the race for the play-offs becoming an interesting scenario, Punjab will have to register a win with a huge margin as their net run-rate reads a poor -0.490.

 

The Ravichandran Ashwin-led side kicked-off the 2018 season on a decent note, winning five of their first six games but faltered in the business end of the league.

 

Barring opener KL Rahul, who has 652 runs from 13 innings, Punjab have failed to click as a unit. Chris Gayle, the self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss', came out with some impressive knocks in the first half of the season but failed to maintain his form. Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Marcus Stonis, Mayank Agarwal and Yuvraj Singh have failed to score so far.

 

In the bowling department, Andrew Tye has single-handedly led the pace attack with 24 wickets from 13 games and is currently the leading wicket taker in the league.

 

Teenaged Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman (14 wickets) has also been impressive while pacer Ankit Rajpoot (eight wickets), off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (six wickets) and medium-pacer Mohit Sharma (six wickets) need to raise the bar against Chennai.

 

On the other hand, having already qualified for the play-offs, Chennai will be eager to finish the league stage at the top spot. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side were handed a 34-run defeat by Delhi Daredevils in their last game on Friday.

 

For Chennai, Ambati Rayadu has been brilliant so far, delivering on most occasions. He has been amongst the runs nd has received good support from his partner Shane Watson.  Playing 13 innings, Rayudu has 585 runs while the Australian all-rounder has gathered 438 runs. Skipper Dhoni (430 runs), has once again silenced his critics while Suresh Raina, who failed with the bat against Delhi, Dwayne Bravo, and Ravindra Jadeja will also need to come good with the bat on Sunday.

 

Deepak Chahar is back from injury which has also bolstered the yellow brigade's pace attack. Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi have also emerged with breakthroughs whenever the side needed. However, Bravo needs to learn from his last game, where he was hammered for 26 runs in the final over.

 

Come this Sunday, it could be another edge of the seat match for fans as both the sides will be hungry for a victory in the last league game of the season.

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