MS almost Did it

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Apr 2018 11:58:55




THIRD time unlucky! After scoring two close wins in theirprevious games, the team of overaged boys could not cross the finishing line though they came within a touching distance.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings fell short of the target by a single shot and finally managed 193-5 in pursuit of Kings XI Punjab’s 197-7 at Mohali on Sunday night.Chris Gayle showed that he was not yet a spent force as he smashed his second fastest fifty in the IPL but Dhoni almost put his effort in the shadow with an unbeaten knock.
With the win Punjab also jumped over their opponents in the points tally, albeit on net run rate.

The 38-year-old Jamaican, who twice went unsold at the auction and was later picked up by the Punjab franchise for a base price of Rs 2 crore, played a trademark innings toying with the opposition attack.Playing his first game of the season, Gayle hammered 66 off 33 balls and raced to his half-century off 22 balls. His fastest fifty had come off 17 balls, against Pune in 2013.His knock was studded with four sixes and seven boundaries.The West Indian weaved a 96-run opening partnership alongside the in-form K L Rahul (37 off 22), setting up the platform for a big score.Mayank Agarwal (30 off 19) and Karun Nair (29 off 17) too chipped in with useful contributions.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 Singh 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.