Kings XI Punjab beat Chennai Super Kings by 4 runs in yet another nail-biter match in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018).
Chasing a mammoth total of 198, CSK kept losing wickets at regular intervals, but in the end captain, MS Dhoni stood tall to make sure it did not become a one-sided match. However, CSK fell short by 4 runs.
CSK did not have the best of the starts as they would have liked chasing 198. Shane Watson played some shots before getting out for 11. Mohit Sharma, former CSK member took the wicket.
Earlier, put into bat first, Kings XI Punjab had a dream start as the comeback king Chris Gayle when hammer and tongs from ball one. KL Rahul was not far behind, and he too hit some good shots. Chris Gayle scored 63 runs. Other batsmen did get starts but failed to convert them into big scores. Despite Imran Tahir getting two wickets in two balls, KXIP was able to reach 197-7 in the 20 overs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to MS Dhoni’s masterclass:
CSK loses, but Dhoni clearly the winner tonight. Unbelievable knock! 🙏🙏🙏#CSKvsKXIP
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 15, 2018
That was quite a show by MS Dhoni. Love watching his interviews, loved when he mentioned God has given him enough power he doesn't need to use his back to hit sixes(referring to injury). Kings 11 will be delighted with this win #KXIPvCSK
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 15, 2018
MS stands for Mad Skills #Dhoni
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) April 15, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 15, 2018
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) April 15, 2018
— ian bishop (@irbishi) April 15, 2018
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) April 15, 2018
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) April 15, 2018
— Kate Cross (@katecross16) April 15, 2018
Dhoni’s knock was a wonderful reminder of what he can do if he bats higher up the order….most bowlers still don’t know where to bowl to him in the death overs. You see fear in their eyes… #Mahi #KXIPvCSK #IPL
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2018
Dhoni played an inning which satisfied both fans and haters.#KXIPvCSK
— Sunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) April 15, 2018
"What's going on in your head?"
Dhoni: Nothing much. pic.twitter.com/bctzoakhwL
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) April 15, 2018
@msdhoni Bhai You are champion 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 hard Luck but that inning was absolutely Amazing and outstanding to Watch 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) April 15, 2018
Magical from @msdhoni but just one hit less. Brilliant 19th over set it up and he did it yet again.. almost. This win will mean a lot to @ashwinravi99 but why only leg spin from him is a mystery!! Even to the left handed! Why? #KXIPvsCSK
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 15, 2018
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) April 15, 2018
Man! Never a dull moment with MSD. What an effort 🙌 A good win this for KXIP.
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) April 15, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) April 15, 2018
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 15, 2018
MS Dhoni still has plenty of MS Dhoni left in him! What a splendid way to remind us all why he’s called #Thala! Well fought @ChennaiIPL, congrats @lionsdenkxip! @msdhoni #KXIPvCSK #VIVOIPLonStar #IPL2018
— Sanjana Ganesan (@SanjanaGanesan) April 15, 2018
— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) April 15, 2018
MSD remaining not out in a unsuccessful chase in IPL:
v MI, 2013 (63*)
v KXIP, 2014 (42*)
v KXIP, 2018 (79*)
He has remained not out in 15 successful chases#KXIP
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 15, 2018
Fantastic run chase it turned out to be by CSK, theoretically only a stroke away from victory. Dhoni played a marvellous knock and in the process answering several critics. But in hindsight you reckon Bravo could have batted before Jadeja?
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 15, 2018
— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 15, 2018
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 15, 2018
Sorry will put my hand up could have done better but gave it all I had.The team fought till the very https://t.co/IJtjIGqOvr well did our captain cool play today.We will be back with a bang @ChennaiIPL #whistle podu
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) April 15, 2018
CSK is dealing exclusively in last over finishes #KXIPvCSK
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) April 15, 2018
Congratulations to the boys. Good to win this. Excellent knock from Dhoni ,kept everybody on the edge of their seats. But Chris Gayle ,the Universe Boss was magnificent. Our spinners did well to contain in the middle overs. #KXIPvCSK
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 15, 2018
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) April 15, 2018