Chennai Super Kings host Kings XI Punjab at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune in the Indian Premier League 2018. KXIP need a big win against CSK to ensure they advance to the play-offs.
Ashwin-led KXIP would be hoping to put their bad patch of form to an end by defeating CSK who have already booked their play-offs berth and the interesting fact about this ground is that KXIP have lost five out of their six games at this venue.
# Ngidi, Man of the Match: Very good day out. Really didn't expect it to go that far, but will definitely take it today. Usually sub-continent stays a bit low and slow. When Chahar bowled the first over today, I couldn't stop grinning on the side. CSK is a team which really values family values. Just the cricketing mind and brain Dhoni has, it's helped me.
# Dhoni, CSK Skipper: If you see their bowling line-up, it was definitely swinging a bit more so for Ankit. From a captain's perspective, you want to take as many wickets upfront. So sending in Bhajji and Chahar causes chaos. The bowlers lose their lines and lengths, instead of sticking to the plan. Plus Bhajji and Chahar could come in handy during the playoffs. Owners have been brilliant. We have a set of people who are close to the players. They have a history of understanding the game. Looking at ten years, it has been very good for us. We like to do the process right because that's what gives you the result. When the format is like this, just a couple of big hits or a run-out can change things. Everyone wants to win. They've done well to go into the knockout stages.
# R. Ashwin, KXIP Skipper: Tough days at the office. We didn't bat very well. Lost three wickets in the powerplay and from there it was going to be catch-up. Karun got us a good score but it was always 20-30 runs below par. We put down a catch. It never came together in the latter half of the tournament. We had a decent April but a horrible May. We had Ankit who swung it around in this conditions. Should've latched onto the catch, but that happens in cricket. Even in the first half we were playing in Mohali. KL and Gayle were making most of the runs but the middle-order didn't click at all which was expected, which hurt us in the latter half of the tournament. Ankit did really well, and of course KL was amazing. We have the purple cap holder in Tye as well. So loads of positives but we haven't applied ourselves. We haven't commanded any respect at all in terms of getting results on our own terms. The game against RCB costed a lot, not only in terms of run-rate but especially in terms of morale
# Chennai Super Kings win by 5 wickets, ends KXIP play-off dreams!
# After 15 Overs, KXIP are 102/4, and that means KXIP are knocked out from the IPL
# After 13 Overs, CSK are 75/4
# After 9 Overs, CSK are 52/3
# After 7 Overs, CSK are 40/3
# After 5 Overs, CSK are 27/3, a peach of an over by Rajpoot - a double wicket maiden that is!
# After 4 Overs, CSK are 27/1
# After 2 Overs, CSK are 9/1
# CSK need 154 runs to win
# 19.3 Overs: KXIP are all out at 153 runs
# After 19 Overs, KXIP are 151/9
# After 17 Overs, KXIP are 132/6
# After 15 Overs, KXIP are 102/5
# After 13 Overs, KXIP are 82/5
# After 10 Overs, KXIP are 71/3
# After 9 Overs, KXIP are 61/3
# After 8 Overs, KXIP are 52/3
# After 6 Overs, KXIP are 29/3
# After 5 Overs, KXIP are 23/3
# Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
# Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, David Miller, Karun Nair, Manoj Tiwary, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot
# Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and have opted to field