It was yet another last-over thriller in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) went to beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 4 runs. It was MS Dhoni‘s unbeaten 79* that kept his side in hunt in pursuit of 198 runs. Chris Gayle provided KXIP the perfect start smashing a quire-fire 63 off 33 balls. Gayle found support in KL Rahul, who scored 37 in a 96-run stand. It was Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir, who picked two wickets apiece.

Chris Gayle and KL Rahul added 50 runs in first 5 overs  © AFP
Chris Gayle and KL Rahul added 50 runs in first 5 overs © AFP
Chris Gayle scored his 22nd IPL fifty in 22 balls © AFP
Chris Gayle scored his 22nd IPL fifty in 22 balls © AFP
Shane Watson claimed the key wicket of Gayle pulling things back for CSK © AFP
Shane Watson claimed the key wicket of Gayle pulling things back for CSK © AFP
Imran Tahir claimed 2 wickets in 2 balls to down KXIP's batting © AFP
Imran Tahir claimed 2 wickets in 2 balls to down KXIP’s batting © AFP
Shardul Thakur picked wickets of Yuvraj Singh and R Ashwin © AFP
Shardul Thakur picked wickets of Yuvraj Singh and R Ashwin © AFP
Shane Watson departs after falling to Mohit Sharma © AFP
Shane Watson departs after falling to Mohit Sharma © AFP
Ravichandran Ashwin picks up Sam Billings wicket of a DRS decision © AFP
Ravichandran Ashwin picks up Sam Billings wicket of a DRS decision © AFP
Ambati Rayudu was run out for 49 after a mix up with MS Dhoni  © AFP
Ambati Rayudu was run out for 49 after a mix up with MS Dhoni © AFP
MS Dhoni singlehandedly took Chennai Super Kings home scoring _ *  © AFP
MS Dhoni nearly  took Chennai Super Kings home scoring 79 * © AFP

Brief scores

Kings XI Punjab 197 for 7 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 37, Chris Gayle 63, Mayank Agarwal 30, Karun Nair 29; Imran Tahir 2 for 34, Dwayne Bravo 1 for 37) beat Chennai Super Kings 193 for 5 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 49, MS Dhoni 79, Ravindra Jadeja 19; Andrew Tye 2 for 47, Ravichandran Ashwin 1 for 32) by 4 runs.

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