It has far from been an ideal start to the season for Chennai Super Kings. While they had never lost their first two matches of the season before IPL 2022, it happened for the first time this year. And in their third match in the 15th edition of the cash-rich league, Chennai find themselves in a huge spot of bother as they have lost four wickets in the run-chase of 181.
While the openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa were out caught, left-handers Moeen Ali and captain Ravindra Jadeja got out in a similar fashion chopping the ball onto their stumps. However, while Ali departed off the bowling of Vaibhav Arora, Jadeja was outdone by Arshdeep Singh.
Young Arshdeep pitched one on the length and got it to nip back from outside off. However, the Chennai captain was perhaps a bit indecisive and played a loose stroke, managing an inside edge onto his stumps.
Here is Jaddu's dismissal:
CSK ended their powerplay at 27/4 and even though Shivam Dube's brisk half-century (57 off 30 balls) helped CSK make some kind of recovery, they were left short by 54 runs, getting bowled out for 126 in 18 overs. Liam Livingstone was the star of the night for Punjab Kings not only starring with the bat with his maiden IPL half-century, scoring 60 off 32 balls, but he even picked a couple of wickets and grabbed stunning catches to deservingly get the Player of the Match award.
"The first two games didn't go my way, but [it's] nice to contribute to a win. We got to a target we thought was defendable and the seam bowers set it up for us. We wanted to be aggressive and as exciting as we can," Livingstone said at the post-match presentation.
"Nice to get a few today, but as I said the seamers set it up in the powerplay. I've been swinging hard, so nice to get it off the middle today. But it was all about the seamers. I play my own way and I struggled a bit with Rajasthan as well," he added.