KXIP 197/7 (20.0 Ovs)
CSK 193/5 (20.0 Ovs) CRR: 9.65
Kings XI Punjab won by 4 runs
Gayle: It was good to be back. I got a text this morning that I would be playing. I am very happy that I have got off to a winning start for this new franchise. Rahul took pressure off me at times as well. I am feeling like 25, the Universe Boss is back.
Gayle is the Man of the Match
Ashwin: I felt there was a lot of dew, but overall the bowling went well. It was crucial to get Rayudu at that point of the game. We are not going to be a team that thinks maybe we could have done this or that, we are going to be a team that thinks maybe we could have stuck to the basics.
MS Dhoni – Not much going through my mind. They bowled very well, Mujeeb made a difference. I don’t think there was much dew on the ground. They played better than us. We can improve in few areas. Chris innings in the first innings and Mujeeb’s bowling made a difference. It was a close game . We will be a safe fielding team and not be an exceptional one. We have to be smart while bowling. We want to keep cutting boundaries here and there and that can make a difference. All the games we have been part of were close so individuals would have learnt from that. Fleming is in the dug out so he needs to take the decision. We have confidence in Jadeja because being a left-hander it is not easy for the bowlers. This is the time we need to give him opportunity. If Jadeja can do the job of the floater that would be really good for the team as we have Raina in the top of the order and if Jadeja does it lower down the order. I will back him as we have not given much opportunities. I don’t know how bad my back is but it should be. God has given me enough power so I don’t have to rely on back a lot. It shouldn’t be so bad. I am used to playing with the injuries. You have to be tough.
Andrew Tye: Very nervy. Mahi put on a show for the crowd. Outstanding effort from the Chennai lads. You have to figure out where you can give away a single or maybe a dot. I would have liked to give him (Mohit) 23. But Mohit did the job. The crowd was awesome and electrifying. We have one more game here and hope to play it in front of a packed crowd.
- Toss: Chennai Super Kings, who chose to field
- Venue: IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
- Umpires: Vineet Kulkarni, O Nandan, Nigel Llong, Rohan Pandit
- Referee: Sunil Chaturvedi
- Kings XI Punjab innings
- Powerplay 1 – 75 runs, 0 wicket
- Kings XI Punjab: 50 runs in 4.6 overs
- 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 30 balls (KL Rahul 27, Chris Gayle 26)
- Chris Gayle: 50 off 22 balls (7 x fours, 3 x sixes)
- Kings XI Punjab: 100 runs in 8.4 overs
- Kings XI Punjab: 150 runs in 14.5 overs
- Innings Break: Kings XI Punjab – 197/7 in 20 overs (AJ Tye 3, Birander Sran 0)