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IPL 2022 PBKS vs CSK: Punjab Kings defend the total in a last over encounter

With this win, PBKS are back to the winning ways and now have eight points on the points table.

In the 38th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Punjab Kings (PBKS) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 11 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

After winning the toss, Ravindra Jadeja opted to bowl first. Innings began well for PBKS as the openers Shikar Dhawan (88*) and Mayank Agarwal (18) gave a proper foundation to make a big score. Dhawan kept the momentum going after the captain’s wicket and smashed nine 4’s and two 6’s to play throughout the inning. Bhanuka Rajapaksa (42) in the middle overs also provided a huge aid to Dhawan. Both the batsman put together 110 runs for the second wicket partnership before the Sri Lankan batsman got out in the 18th over. In the end, big hitter Liam Livingstone played a cameo knock of 19 off 7 balls with one four and two sixes. Along with him Jonny Bairstow also hit a four to take PBKS to a huge total of 187/4 in 20 overs.

Chasing 188, it was also going to be difficult for CSK given that totals were being defended majorly at the Wankhede Stadium this year. Ruturaj Gaikwad (30) was the only top-order batsman to play well for CSK. He gave a decent start but couldn’t take it forward. Ambati Rayudu (78) was the only inning that kept CSK in the chase. With seven fours and six sixes and at a proper strike rate of 200, Rayudu once again showed why he is simply the best. In the end, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (12) was the only hope for CSK fans but the former captain failed to take CSK home on this occasion. In the end, CSK only managed to reach 176/6 in their 20 overs.

In the bowling department, Rishi Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada scalped two wickets each. Along with them, Arshdeep Singh and Sandeep Sharma also managed to pick one wicket each. For CSK, Dwayne Bravo was the only bowler to get two wickets in the first inning. Maheesh Theekshana also picked up one wicket.

Dhawan was awarded the Man of the Match for his powerful performance with the bat. With this win, PBKS are back to the winning ways and now have eight points on the points table.

Scorecard:

Punjab Kings: 187/4, Overs 20, Shikhar Dhawan 88*, Dwayne Bravo 2/42

Chennai Super Kings: 176/6, Overs 20, Ambati Rayudu 78, Kagiso Rabada 2/23

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