Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Du Plessis, Harbhajan fire CSK to 22-run win over KXIP

Du Plessis, Harbhajan fire CSK to 22-run win over KXIP

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was again at the centre of a freaky incident when the bails were not dislodged despite the ball making contact with the stumps.

Despite a valiant effort from Sarfaraz Khan and KL Rahul, Kings XI Punjab failed to chase down 161 against Chennai Super Kings, losing the game by 22 runs at Chepauk. The bails however refuse to come off to give the Karnataka opener a lifeline in a stiff run chase of 161 on a hard wicket. Harbhajan's variations kept the KXIP batsmen guessing at all times, and the bowler finished with excellent figures 2-17 from his four overs.

Two balls later, he had the stylish Mayank Agarwal, caught by Faf du Plessis near the boundary with the batsman going for a big hit.

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He built crucial partnerships including a 56-run opening stand with Australia's Shane Watson, who made 26, to lay the foundation of the total after the defending champions elected to bat first.

Dhoni came to bat in the 14th over of the innings when Ravichandran Ashwin had dismissed Du Plessis and Suresh Raina off successive deliveries.

Thanks to Dhoni and Rayudu, CSK scored 52 runs in the last five overs after a rather quiet middle period. R Ashwin pegged back CSK with a quick-fire three-wicket haul.

MS Dhoni is one of the bravest players of the game and fortune favours the courageous.

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