Match Over - Chennai Super Kings won by 5 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Chennai Super Kings, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 20 May 2018, 16:30 SAST
  • Winner: Chennai Super Kings


  • Umpire1: YC Barde
  • Umpire2: Nitin Menon
  • Third Umpire: M Erasmus



Overs: 19.1 / 20.0

Chennai Super Kings



Overs: 19.4 / 20.0

Kings XI Punjab

Shashank: "@Varun: Why are people still typing in capitals? Isn't the capital already out of the IPL? #selfthoo"

End of over 18. 7 runs this over. 127/5 after 107 balls.
SK Raina 39 (42b 2x4 0x6 ) MM Sharma 3-0-18-1
MS Dhoni 6 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Surely Dhoni looking for a boundary now...


End of over 17. 6 runs this over. 120/5 after 102 balls.
MS Dhoni 4 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) R Ashwin 4-0-36-2
SK Raina 35 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) more

For those interested - Sunrisers Hyderbad confirm the top position on the table. This means if no play happens in their playoff against CSK, they will be deemed winners.

Shiv: "Hehe KXIP forgot that rajasthan player is playing there, Deepak Chahar, so it's Rajasthan throwing them out of playoffs."

There's a roar at the stadium. You know what that means...

End of over 16. 12 runs this over. 114/4 after 96 balls.
SK Raina 33 (37b 2x4 0x6 ) AR Patel 4-0-28-0
DL Chahar 39 (19b 1x4 3x6 ) more

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End of over 15. 19 runs this over. 100/4 after 89 balls.
DL Chahar 29 (15b 1x4 2x6 ) R Ashwin 3-0-28-1
SK Raina 29 (34b 2x4 0x6 ) more

And with that, Rajasthan Royals are the fourth and final team to go through to the playoffs. Ashwin's first campaign as captain comes to a harrowing close against his old franchise.

Avishek Basu Ma: "Seems like Dhoni has not selected himself in his fantasy team. Which is why he sent Chahar ahead of him"

End of over 14. 6 runs this over. 81/4 after 84 balls.
DL Chahar 12 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) AR Patel 3-0-16-0
SK Raina 28 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Chennai are now assured second spot. This might be what they were playing for. Because if it were, indeed, batting practice, Raina wouldn't be practising to play this innings at No. 3! Expect them to take off now...

End of over 13. 3 runs this over. 75/4 after 78 balls.
SK Raina 25 (31b 2x4 0x6 ) R Ashwin 2-0-9-1
DL Chahar 9 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Ankit: "@Varun probably Jadeja is going to be dropped or someone else is going to be promoted up the order. Dhoni does cos Dhoni can! "

Mo Shine: "Great Game awareness from Dhoni. He clearly knows that Ashwin has to use all weapons in his arsenal to prevent Chennai from getting to the magical number of 100. Sending lower order to face the better bowlers is a way of making sure the team ultimately wins. Rajpoot has already bowled his 4, Tye got one more and the final overs will be mostly bowled by Spinners and Sharma. Dhoni and Jadega can clearly take them to cleaners. Not to forget about Bravo. "

Kamlesh: "Intellectuals will come with bizarre reasons justifying this batting order. But the simplest is that it's pure madness"

Aravind: "Or could it be that CSK want to give themselves a steep batting total to chase and practice today, knowing full well that they will want to go extra hard in the playoffs?"

Strategic time-out.

End of over 12. 6 runs this over. 70/4 after 71 balls.
SK Raina 23 (26b 2x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 3-0-23-0
DL Chahar 6 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Udit: "Two motives for CSK I reckon, as they will easily surpass total required to remain second: 1. No real difference in finishing 1st or 2nd, so don't care about actively hunting it and are providing tailenders some batting experience 2. Lower order batsmen can bat more freely and get double digits potentially rather than getting only single digits as they would in super pressure scenarios. Don't we all do this batting line up mess around playing cricket computer games???" --- I'd imagine Jadeja would be the one they'd send for batting practice earlier than Chahar though. Here's Ashwin now, around the wicket with a slip.

End of over 11. 6 runs this over. 64/4 after 66 balls.
DL Chahar 4 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) R Ashwin 1-0-6-1
SK Raina 20 (23b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Thanks Akshay.

That's it from me. Over to Varun to take you through the rest of this bizarre CSK innings.

ARUNABH: "I thought Deepak Chahar was wearing a helmet just to make strategising more difficult for Ashwin, but he actually came. What is Dhoni's game plan here?"

End of over 10. 6 runs this over. 58/3 after 60 balls.
Harbhajan Singh 19 (21b 2x4 1x6 ) AR Patel 2-0-10-0
SK Raina 18 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 6 runs this over. 51/3 after 52 balls.
Harbhajan Singh 17 (18b 2x4 1x6 ) AJ Tye 1-0-16-0
SK Raina 14 (16b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Strategic timeout.

End of over 8. 5 runs this over. 45/3 after 48 balls.
Harbhajan Singh 15 (16b 2x4 1x6 ) AR Patel 1-0-5-0
SK Raina 12 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 7 runs this over. 40/3 after 41 balls.
Harbhajan Singh 11 (11b 1x4 1x6 ) AS Rajpoot 4-1-19-2
SK Raina 11 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 6 runs this over. 33/3 after 36 balls.
Harbhajan Singh 5 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) MM Sharma 2-0-11-1
SK Raina 11 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Anand V: "Ashwin should not even think of bowling spin now. Just bowl out the 3 pacers and hope for the best. If CSK are still batting after that, they will score 100+ anyway."

End of over 5.  A maiden over! 27/3 after 30 balls.
Harbhajan Singh 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) AS Rajpoot 3-1-12-2
SK Raina 10 (9b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Harbhajan has come out at No. 5 for the hat-trick ball. Oh my...

End of over 4. 10 runs this over. 27/1 after 22 balls.
SK Raina 10 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 0-0-10-0
F du Plessis 14 (12b 3x4 0x6 ) more

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End of over 3. 9 runs this over. 17/1 after 18 balls.
F du Plessis 14 (12b 3x4 0x6 ) AS Rajpoot 2-0-12-0
SK Raina 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Vivek: "A horrible day for fantasy people."

Kapil: "Want to see CSK 35/4 after PP and see how Ashwin approaches this and also Dhoni if he is batting then"

End of over 2. 5 runs this over. 8/1 after 12 balls.
F du Plessis 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) MM Sharma 1-0-5-1
SK Raina 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Ab: "What a brilliant pitch this! Now this has got many of bowlers excited I'm sure. Was tired of watching 200+ in both innings of a T20 game. This is the real test for batsmen. There is definitely life in the pitch for bowlers!!"

End of over 1. 3 runs this over. 3/0 after 6 balls.
F du Plessis 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) AS Rajpoot 1-0-3-0
AT Rayudu 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
AT RayuduC KL Rahul B MM Sharma130033.33
F du PlessisC CH Gayle B AS Rajpoot14153093.33
SK Rainanot out 614842127.08
SW BillingsB AS Rajpoot0100-
Harbhajan SinghLBW R Ashwin19222186.36
DL ChaharC MM Sharma B R Ashwin392013195
MS Dhoninot out 16711228.57
DJ Bravo -
RA Jadeja -
SN Thakur -
L Ngidi -
Total 159/5
AS Rajpoot4.011924.75
MM Sharma3.102818.84
AJ Tye4.0047011.75
AR Patel4.002807
R Ashwin4.003629