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IPL 2024, CSK vs PBKS: PBKS win; are CSK losing the plot mid-season?

IPL 2024, CSK vs PBKS, Key Takeaways: Jonny Bairstow, Rilee Rossouw's stand and spinners help Punjab beat CSK. Top takeaways for Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings from the match.

IPL 2024, CSK vs PBKS_ Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar took 2 wickets each against CSK _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
IPL 2024: Chahar, Brar took 2 wickets each against CSK (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)

Brief Scores: CSK 162/7 (Ruturaj Gaikwad 62, Ajinkya Rahane 29, Rahul Chahar 2/16) lost to PBKS 163/3 (Jonny Bairstow 46, Rilee Rossouw 43, Shivam Dube 1/14) by 7 wickets. 

Player of the Match: Harpreet Brar (2/17 from 4 overs)

Hosts Chennai Super Kings (CSK) took on the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in what was an important clash for both sides at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Despite a responsible knock of 62 off 48 balls from skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad, CSK couldn’t find much momentum through their innings and eventually finished on 162/7 after being asked to bat first.

With the conditions easing out for batting in the chase and positive stroke play from PBKS batters, the visitors were able to hunt the target with more than 2 overs to spare. 

Key Takeaways from CSK vs PBKS, Match 49, Winning Team (PBKS)

Punjab spinners finally come to the fore

Chennai surface finally played to its true nature in supporting the spinners and PBKS spin duo Harpreet Brar and Rahul Chahar took the advantage in today’s game.

CSK openers got off a blistering start scoring 55 runs in the powerplay, but the introduction of spin put breaks on the scoring rate. Left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar took the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane & Shivam Dube in the same over. 

His spin twin for the day, Chahar, snapped the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja in the next over and came back at the death to remove the dangerous Moeen Ali. Together, they bowled an economical spell of 4/33 in their 8 overs without conceding a single boundary. 

Bairstow-Rossouw show their worth

Fresh from a sensational century, Jonny Bairstow continued his resurgence in this game by playing well compiled knock of 43 from 30 balls. After Prabhsimran Singh departed early, the onus was on Bairstow along with Rilee Rossouw to carry on without losing further wickets on a tricky surface.

The duo did quite well to absorb pressure initially and used their combined experience to bat CSK out of the game through their attacking stroke-play. They added 64 runs in about 37 balls to give their middle-order a good platform to seal the deal and earn a comfortable win over CSK.

Key Takeaways from CSK vs PBKS, Match 49, Losing Team (CSK)

IPL 2024, CSK vs PBKS_ Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 62 off 48 against PBKS  _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 62 off 48 against PBKS (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)
Ruturaj Gaikwad continues his golden touch

The CSK skipper along with Ajinkya Rahane motored along nicely with the fielding restrictions in place. But post that phase, it became difficult to score, especially against the spinners. This is where one needs to appreciate Ruturaj Gaikwad who showed tremendous composure in testing conditions.

PBKS spinners bowled tight lines and removed CSK’s top three soon after the powerplay. This meant Ruturaj, being the set batter had the onus of batting throughout the innings and he almost did that. The right-hander scored his fifth fifty-plus score in six innings to take CSK to a respectable total of 162. 

Statistical highlights from CSK vs PBKS, Match 49
  • For the first time in T20 cricket has Rahul Chahar dismissed CSK’s Ravindra Jadeja. The left-hander has scored just 18 runs in 25 runs off the leg spinner in the format. 

  • Richard Gleeson, the England pace bowler becomes the second oldest debutant at 36 years 151 days. He is only behind Sikander Raza who made his IPL debut last year for PBKS at 36 years 342 days. Prabhsimran Singh became Gleeson’s first scalp in IPL.

  • This game was Kagiso Rabada’s 200th in T20 cricket. In 199 games, the pacer has taken 250 wickets at 23.76 apiece while maintaining a reasonable economy of 8.13.

  • Rabada has a good record in T20s against CSK skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad. Rabada has got Gaikwad out thrice in T20s while conceding just 62 runs in the 58 deliveries he has bowled to him. 

  • Ruturaj Gaikwad (509) surpassed Virat Kohli’s mark of 500 in this IPL during his 48-ball 62 knock against PBKS. 

Points Table scenario and what’s next 

This result has opened the league nicely with CSK staying on fourth with 10 points after as many games while PBKS moving up to seventh with eight points. These sides will face each other again on May 5 at Dharamsala. 

Up next, the Sunrisers Hyderabad will host the Rajasthan Royals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on May 2, Thursday. 


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