The Chennai Super Kings continued their dismal season after losing to the Punjab Kings by 11 runs. In the first innings, PBKS were treated to an incredible Shikar Dhawan performance where he scored 88 runs in 59 balls. Punjab posted 187 and continued their good form in the second innings.
CSK had another bad start to their chase as they lost Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Santner and Shivam Dube in the first six overs. Ambati Raydu was the only player fighting as he hit 78 off 39 balls but Chennai fell short by 11 runs and suffered their sixth defeat.
Changes in the points table
After the 38th match of the IPL, Punjab Kings are sixth on the table with eight points from eight games. They also have a net run rate of -0.419. Whereas the Chennai Super Kings are at ninth on the table with four points from eight games with a net run rate of -0.538.
The Rajasthan Royals will take on the Royal Challenger Bangalore in this season’s second Royal derby. In their previous matchup, RCB took a 4-wicket victory. But entering this game RR has an advantage as they won their previous fixture against the Delhi Capitals whereas Bangalore suffered a humiliating defeat against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
What do the captains?
PBKS captain Mayank Agarwal expressed his elation after the victory as he said, “We would like to win a few tosses, we have just won one. I thought Arsh bowled exceedingly well, he has bowled the tough overs, he has been great for us. Even Rabada bowled well, to get Ruturaj and get Rayudu at that stage. These two have been great for us. As a team, we have to be think about being smart.”
“You want your opposition to play towards the longer side as much as they can. As a batter even if you mishit the balls, you’ll get the result against the shorter boundary. Those moments get the better out of you. It is important to carry the momentum. We have won one, but we need to win two or three on the bounce.”
CSK captain Ravindra Jadeja talked about the areas of improvement from the loss as he said, “We started off very well, we felt we gave away 10-15 runs extra at the end. We did not execute our plans very well. He [Rayudu] was batting brilliantly, throughout but as I said earlier, if we could’ve restricted them to under 175 it would’ve been good. We are not getting good starts in the first 6 overs, that’s where we are lacking and hopefully, we will come back stronger.