Led by a ruthless Deepak Chahar, Chennai Super Kings managed to pick up their first win of the IPL 2021. Chahar was on fire in the game and rattled the Punjab Kings with a 4 wicket haul. His scintillating spell broke the spine of Punjab’s batting as they were restricted to a paltry 106/8 in their 20 overs. The target wasn’t a big one and patient knocks from Faf Du Plessis (36 off 33) and Moeen Ali (46 off 31) helped CSK cruise to victory.
Here are some of the interesting facts from the match.
1 – Deepak Chahar had a wonderful outing and decimated the PBKS batting line up, picking up 4-13 in four overs. This was Deepak Chahar’s best bowling figures in IPL. Earlier, Chahar picked up 3-15, his previous best figures, against SRH in the IPL 2018.
2 – Today’s game against PBKS was MS Dhoni’s 200 appearance for CSK in T20 cricket. The former Indian skipper has played 206 games in the IPL but 30 of them had come for the Rising Pune Supergiants. Dhoni has also represented Chennai Super Kings in 24 Champions League games thus when he stepped on the park against PBKS, it was his 176th IPL and 200th overall appearance for CSK.
3- Punjab Kings lost their 15th match to the Chennai Super Kings. They are only behind RCB (16) in terms of most losses against CSK. Delhi Capitals are second on the list with 15 losses against CSK while Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have 14 losses each.
4- Ambati Rayudu was dismissed for a first-ball duck against Punjab Kings. This was his 13th duck in the tournament, joint most by any batsman in IPL. He joined his former Mumbai Indians teammates Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh and Parthiv Patel in the list.
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