IPL 2021: CSK recorded their first win of the season after beating PBKS.© BCCI / IPL
MS Dhoni in his 200th game for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) received the sweetest of gifts as his team beat the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 6 wickets to register their first win of the IPL 2021 season at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai Friday. Recovering from a disappointing performance in the opener, Deepak Chahar crossed the first order of the Punjab Kings, selecting four wickets for just 13 points in his four-out period. The Punjab couldn’t recover from the first setbacks and only managed 106 races for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs. Chasing a modest 107-point goal, CSK lost first opener Ruturaj Gaikwad on the cheap, but Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali forged a strong partnership for the second wicket, helping CSK almost cross the line. PBKS bowlers delayed CSK’s victory by picking up three wickets in quick succession, but the lack of points on the board meant they couldn’t stop them from crossing the line.
Table of IPL points 2021
With the win, CSK went from the bottom to second on the 2021 IPL points table. Chasing the target inside 16 overs, increased their net run rate (NRR) as they jumped several teams with the same number of points. The Punjab Kings NRR took a heavy toll falling to the bottom two spots on the points table. The Royal Challengers Bangalore under Virat Kohli continue to lead the table with two wins in two matches – the only side to have lost a game yet in the tournament. Below the CSK are the reigning champions Mumbai Indians, followed by the Delhi Capitals and the Rajasthan Royals, who round out the top five. SunRisers Hyderabad is the only team that has not yet opened its account in the tournament and is the last.
Race for Orange Cap
After a low scoring game between the Punjab Kings and the Chennai Super Kings, there hasn’t been much change in the top scorer roster, KKR’s Nitish Rana still sits in first place with 137 points from two matches. Moeen Ali, who was CSK’s leading scorer with 46 points, climbed to eighth place after scoring 82 points in two outings. Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul, eliminated by Ravindra Jadeja, missed the opportunity to move up the standings after adding just five points to his total.
Race for Purple Cap
Deepak Chahar’s performance, Man of the Match, helped him claim the Purple Cap by moving up to sixth on the list with four wickets in two matches. Mohammed Shami, who picked up two wickets in the game, also made forays into the top 10, finishing seventh, while fellow fast pitcher Arshdeep Singh was right behind him with as many wickets. RCB’s Harshal Patel continues to lead the bowling table with seven wickets in two outings, while Andre Russell is close second with six wickets and Delhi Capitals’ Avesh Khan is third on the list with five wickets.
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