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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