The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League witnessed its first one-sided contest on Friday as MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings absolutely outplayed Punjab Kings in all departments. The domination started right from the toss as Thala, playing his 200th T20 match for the franchise, won the coin flip and asked KL Rahul’s side to bat first.
Deepak Chahar bowled one of the best spells of the tournament as he swung the ball both ways, leaving batsmen bamboozled. The 28-year-old registered figures of 4/13 as the PBKS batsmen looked clueless against him. Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja stole the show with his sensational fielding efforts. The CSK all-rounder pulled off a brilliant run-out before completing two superb catches.
In reply, the Yellow Army cruised to the modest target of 107 in only 15.4 overs. While Ruturaj Gaikwad struggled, Moeen Ali (46 off 41) looked very comfortable at the crease as his explosive knock ensured the win. While there was dome drama in the end with umpires getting confused and Raina and Rayudu losing their wickets, Faf du Plessis’s knock (36* off 33) eventually guided his side to a comfortable 6-wicket victory.
Although it wasn’t the most entertaining contests for the fans, there were still a few interesting moments for the Twitterati to talk about as they shared some hilarious memes.
Here are some of the best tweets:
— dpkememes (@_Dptweets7) April 16, 2021
Don’t run when ball goes to Jadeja
— Mayursinh Jadeja🇮🇳 (@jadejamayur010) April 16, 2021
Jadeja and stumps = A unique love story
— Milan Parmar (@MilanBKansara) April 16, 2021
Not a great show with the bat
— Harsh Parashar (@notsooharsh_) April 16, 2021
Not the lowest total, at least
— Sudarshan Hadimani (@iam__sudarshan) April 16, 2021
SRK to the rescue once again
Shahrukh Khan saved Preity Zinta in Veer Zaara.
Shahrukh Khan saving Preity Zinta’s team in IPL.
History repeats itself.
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) April 16, 2021
MSD responds in style
MSD completed 20 Over bowling in 87 mins, fastest in ipl.
Le MSD to umpires:- pic.twitter.com/FApxlWrIJI
— Abhijeet kr ravi (@Abhijee19370589) April 16, 2021
Challenging day for CSK opener
— The Cricket Statistician (@CricketSatire) April 16, 2021
No Thala show tonight
Aj bhi Dhoni ki batting dekhne naii milegi !? 😔😑
— Megha Hurkat (@pata0nahi0yaar) April 16, 2021
Good old days
— Manish Gaur (@_immanishgaur) April 16, 2021