A solid partnership between Faf du Plessis (33-ball 36) and Moeen Ali (31-ball 46) following a magical career-best bowling spell from Deepak Chahar (4/13) helped Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets to secure their first-ever win in IPL 2021.
An unusually angry man. Normally a calm and composed presence behind the stumps, even in the face of adversity, Rahul lost his temper on more than one occasion.
Poor Mohammad Shami was often at the receiving end, not because he bowled listlessly but he did not appeal spiritedly after rapping batsmen on the pads. It happened twice in his first over, but Shami, realising that the ball was easily sailing over the stumps, did not bother to appeal. It angered Rahul, who implored Shami to appeal, and once even asked him if he wants to review.
Moeen Ali makes it to his best IPL score, scored 46 off 31 with 1 six and 7 fours. He built a strong partnership with Faf Du Plessis who remained not out and scored 36 off 33.
While despite losing 4 wickets Mahendra Singh Dhoni refused to walk out to bat on field on his 200th IPL match. The selfless captain gave chance to all-rounders Jadeja and Sam Curran instead.
Punjab Kings: 106/8
Chennai Super Kings: 107/4 (M Ali 46, Faf 36, Shami 2-21)