Kings XI Punjab ensured their victorious path against Chennai Super Kings that too complementing the advent of big dog Chris Gayle. Gayle tonight has turned the spotlight on with an exuberant 22-ball fifty in first-ever game for Punjab, and incidentally his first this IPL season. But it was MS Dhoni who stole the thunder, fighting through back pain to bludgeon 79 off 44 balls that took CSK close but fell 4 runs short of parrying them over the line.

Dhoni on the attempt of finishing it off;

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Things took a dramatic turn after the second time-out, with 64 needed off the last four overs. Dhoni, on 32 off 26 balls then, was in the middle of a severe struggle with his back spasms, and nobody really gave him a chance. Mohit Sharma conceded 19 runs in the eighteenth over to set the tone but it was Andrew Tye’s last over – the penultimate of the innings – that set the buzzers ringing. 19 runs were taken from him, with Dhoni carting Tye for four and two sixes compensating Ravindra Jadeja’s dismissal.

17 runs were needed off the last over, Mohit Sharma had the ball, and CSK were nearing another heist, and Dhoni’s form and his familiarity to Mohit’s slower-ball variations made a strong case for it. But Mohit started the over really well, nailing the full-and-wide yorker right for about five times in the over to deny CSK a third win on the trot.

The perfect start for KXIP;

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Simply it was very hard to watch CSK bowlers getting smacked all over the ground during the powerplay. It was always going to be difficult to match KXIP’s powerplay – KL Rahul and Gayle were going bonkers then, piling on 75 for naught in six overs – but Chennai, having scored 53, fell further behind when they lost both their openers. Both Murali Vijay and Shane Watson fell to slower deliveries, having been baited into playing their shots on a good pitch.

The advent of Chris Gayle;

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It was quite a throwback to the good old days of Gayle onslaughts. It has been long that we haven’t witnessed Gayle hitting the ball all over the ground and IPL simply loses its charm without this. But this time there was a bit exception and that was the MS Dhoni who always had a different offspinner trying to rein in Gayle at the top and that Ravichandran Ashwin was captaining the side with Gayle in it, put Harbhajan Singh into Ashwin’s role of the yore, but it hardly panned out the same. Gayle and Rahul laid into Harbhajan, picking 24 runs off his two overs and getting KXIP off the blocks in a hurry.

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