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IPL: CSK get to play Qualifier 1 despite loss against KXIP

CHANDIGARH: KL Rahul's scintillating 36-ball-71 prepared the ground for a consolation six-wicket victory for Kings XI Punjab on Sunday but no longer prior to CSK ensured a top-two finish with chance to play the first IPL Qualifier at their glad looking house ground Chepauk.

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With nothing to lose in the ultimate game of the season, Rahul, Chris Gayle (28 off 28 balls) and Nicholas Pooran (36 off 22 balls) have been the key members in KXIP's a hit chase of 171 in 18 overs.

However CSK shall be glad that with a internet run-rate of +0.131 which is far better than Delhi Capitals' (+0.044), the protecting champions will stay in the top two with two transparent pictures at summit clash qualification even after MI beat KKR in the ultimate match of the league degree.

Such was once Rahul's domination that Universe Boss Gayle's run-a-ball knock paled in comparison because the duo added 108 runs in handiest 10.three overs to seal the match.

While senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh were given 3 wickets, he was once hit for 57 runs in 4 overs.

In fact, Dhoni's ploy to use Harbhajan in the Powerplays which had labored splendidly at the Chepauk, backfired on a placid Mohali monitor as he went for 41 runs in his first two overs -17 in the first and 24 in the second.

In that second Harbhajan over which was once fourth of the innings, Rahul hit the veteran for three boundaries and two sixes, finishing his half-century off 19 balls.

He scored at rapid clip albeit coming handiest after skipper Ravichandran Ashwin's public admission that KXIP's Powerplay batting left a lot to be desired.

Harbhajan was once some distance better in his ultimate two overs as he took 3 wickets for 16 runs including Rahul, Gayle and Mayank Agarwal. However Pooran played a cameo to verify glad ending for the house workforce.

Earlier, Faf du Plessis overlooked out on a well-merited hundred by means of 4 runs as Kings XI Punjab bowled properly at the demise to restrict Chennai Super Kings to 170 for 5. Courtesy Du Plessis' 96 off 55 balls and his 120-run stand with Suresh Raina (53 off 38 balls) set a platform for the protecting champions.

However Sam Curran (three/35) and Mohammed Shami (2/17 in three overs) bowled properly in the ultimate few overs as CSK gave the impression no less than 10 runs in need of par rating.

Du Plessis' knock had 10 fours and 4 sixes and was once pushed aside by means of brilliant Curran yorker in the 19th over.

Du Plessis destroyed the Kings XI bowling assault, particularly punishing medium pacer Andrew Tye (0/37 in three overs) and spinner Murugan Ashwin (0/33 in three overs), hitting two boundaries and a six in considered one of their over.

Raina gave him excellent support at the different end, hitting five boundaries and two sixes.

Raina, who in conjunction with du Plessis tried to boost up the tempo of scoring, fell when the rating was once 150 in the 17th over off Curran's bowling. The England all-rounder at the onset had pushed aside Shane Watson.

Ambati Rayudu (10) and Kedar Jadhav's (0) wickets have been claimed by means of pacer Shami in the ultimate over of the innings.

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