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IPL 2019: Spinners help CSK beat KXIP by 22 runs

CHENNAI: The Chennai Super Kings-Kings XI Punjab conflict at Chepauk didn't end up to be a happy homecoming for R Ashwin as his side went all the way down to their fancied fighters via 22 runs on Saturday evening.

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If the big name offie saved CSK in check with the ball (4-Zero-23-3) within the first half of play, Punjab's opener KL Rahul (55, 3x4, 1x6) and Sarfaraz Khan (67, 4x4, 2x6) did most things proper in their 110-run third-wicket stand but failed to close out the contest.

But simply when the Punjab's chase wanted impetus, they did not hit the accelerator button. When Rahul departed within the 18th over, Punjab had been 44 away from their goal. With CSK having bowled out their spinners, skipper Dhoni had to usher in his debutant Scott Kuggeleijn (2-37) and Deepak Chahar (1-40) to bowl on the dying.

Sarfaraz, in spite of being a collection batsman at that point, failed to go big towards CSK's weak hyperlink - the tempo bowlers. Sarfaraz's innings was once fluent but lacked the punch had to take his side previous the finish line.

With 46 wanted off the ultimate 18 balls, Punjab had been undoubtedly within the sport with two set batsmen - Rahul and Sarfaraz at crease. However, CSK clawed their way back into the contest with their pacers varying the tempo and no longer allowing the Punjab batsmen to free their hands.

Chahar gave away 13 runs within the penultimate over whilst Punjab could simplest manage simply 3 runs off the overall over bowled via Kuggeleijn. Punjab will rue the truth that they had been within the chase for the easier part of the second one half but their incapability to go for the overall burst price them expensive.

CSK's fourth win within the tournament took their issues tally to eight from five games, whilst Punjab - who suffered their 2nd successive loss within the festival - stay on 6 from five outings.

In pursuit of 161 on a two-paced track, the guests had been wrecked early when Harbhajan Singh sent again dangerman Chris Gayle (five, 1x4) and No. 3 Mayank Agarwal (Zero) in the second one over of the chase. The Sarfaraz-Rahul pair then resurrected the guests' ship but couldn't move on to finish the activity.

Earlier within the day, CSK finished on 160 for three with opener Faf du Plessis (54, 2x4, 4x6) being the leading run-getter. Despite enjoying his first sport of the season, Faf showed no signs of rustiness as he made each and every scoring alternative count.

In the corporate of Shane Watson, Faf added 56 in 7.2 overs to provide a sedate get started. Watson went for slog sweep off the bowling of R Ashwin only for Sam Curran to have him caught at deep mid-wicket.

Once Watson departed, Faf stitched a 44-run partnership with Suresh Raina (17, 1x4) to assist CSK go the 100-run mark within the 14th over. R Ashwin (3 for 23) minimize Faf's innings short via having him caught at long-on area via David Miller.

If Faf equipped the initial thrust, MS Dhoni (37 n.o., 4x4, 1x6) and Ambati Rayudu (21 n.o., 1x4, 1x6) had been instrumental within the side crossing the 150-run mark.

Punjab's spin duo of R Ashwin (3 for 23) and M Ashwin (Zero-23) had been spot on with their lengths. While R Ashwin accounted for all of the wickets to have fallen within the CSK innings, his namesake saved up the drive via bowling tidy lengths.

The duo gave away runs at five.75 runs an over and never allowed the 'Men in Yellow' to dictate terms. However, the remainder in Punjab's bowling line-up bled runs at nine.five runs an over.

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