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16-Apr-2018 03:11:00 GMT
KXIP vs CSK - 12th match, Mohali

Dhoni heroics Goes in Vain as Kings XI Punjab beat Super Kings

Chandigarh: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) defeated the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by four-run in the Sunday's Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Mohali stadium on Sunday night.

CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni exhibited his full form as he played 79 not out by striking a six even at the last ball though failed to steer the team to win the match.

For KXIP, Andrew Tye (2/47), Ravichandran Ashwin (1/32) and Mohit Sharma (1/47) were among the wickets takers in the high-scoring contest.

Defending a 198-run target, Mohit dismissed Shane Watson (11) early in the second over.

Watson started well hitting back-to-back fours off Mohit.

Murali Vijay and Ambati Rayudu together scored 22 runs in the next two overs.

In the seventh over, R. Ashwin challenged the umpire's decision of a boundary from Sam Billings' bat.

Billings was out leg before after review and CSK were reduced to 57/3 in 6.4 overs.

Brief scores:
Kings XI Punjab 197 for 7 (Gayle 63, Rahul 37, Agarwal 30, Thakur 2-33, Tahir 2-34) beat Chennai Super Kings 193 for 5 (Dhoni 79, Rayudu 49, Tye 2-47) by four runs

Further batsman Chris Gayle smashed his second fastest fifty in the IPL to help KXIP post a healthy 197/7. KXIP slowed down in the last five overs but finally managed to win the match.

The West Indies raced to his half-century off 22 balls, a shade slower than his 17 ball fifty against Pune in 2013.

For CSK , Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir picked up two scalps each while Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo got a wicket each.

Harbhajan gave Chennai the first breakthrough when Rahul was caught by Dwayne Bravo, but by then KXIP were comfortably placed and reached 100 in just 8.4 overs.

Two overs later Gayle too departed, handing over a simple catch to Imran Tahir at short fine leg off Shane Watson's bowling.


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