KL Rahul and MS Dhoni © AFP
KL Rahul and MS Dhoni © AFP

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) handed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) their first defeat in VIVO IPL 2018 by mere 4 runs. MS Dhoni’s valiant unbeaten knock of 44-ball 79 could not take CSK home. Indeed, Chris Gayle’s 33-ball 63 proved to be costly for CSK. But Dhoni’s highest T20 score overpowered the ‘Gayle storm.’ In a bid to chase 198, CSK required 64 from the final 4 overs. Dhoni was struggling at 26-ball 32 with a back spasm.

Mohit Sharma conceded 19 runs. Dhoni carted 19 runs off Andrew Tye in the pentulimate over with two fours and two sixes. He made it up for Ravindra Jadeja’s dismissal. 17 were required off the final over and Sharma was handed the ball again. The game was nearing yet another heist. But Sharma’s yorkers changed the script of the game, disallowing CSK a third win on the trot.

Here is how the KXIP and CSK players have fared after a dramatic Match 12:

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP):

Players Performance Marks out of 10
KL Rahul 37 (22) 7/10
Chris Gayle 63 (33) 8/10
Mayank Agarwal 30 (19) 6.5/10
Yuvraj Singh 20 (13), 1-0-10-0 4/10
Aaron Finch 0 (1) 1/10
Karun Nair 29 (17) 5/10
Ravichandran Ashwin 14* (11), c1, 1 run-out, 4-0-32-1 5/10
Barinder Sran 0* (0), 2c, 4-0-37-0 2/10
Mohit Sharma 4-0-47-1 3/10
Andrew Tye 4-0-47-2 3/10

KXIP’s Team Average: 4.04

Chennai Super Kings (CSK): 

Players Performance Marks out of 10
Shane Watson 11 (9), 2-0-15-1 3.5/10
Murali Vijay 12 (10) 3/10
Ambati Rayudu 49 (35) 6.5/10
Sam Billings 9 (8) 2/10
MS Dhoni 79* (44), c2 9/10
Ravindra Jadeja 19 (13), c2 5/10
Dwayne Bravo 1* (1), c1, 4-0-37-1 3/10
Deepak Chahar 3-0-37-0 1/10
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-41-1 1/10
Imran Tahir 4-0-34-2, c1 2.5/10
Shardul Thakur 3-0-33-2 2/10

CSK Team average: 3.5

Brief scores

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) 197 for 7 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 37, Chris Gayle 63; Imran Tahir 2 for 34) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) 193 for 5 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 49, MS Dhoni 79; Andrew Tye 2 for 47) by 4 runs.

Player of the Match: Chris Gayle