The Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) encounter was the 38th match of the ongoing IPL 2022 and saw one of the best knocks in a defeat as Ambati Rayudu smacked 78 runs in 39 balls as CSK came mightily close to chasing down PBKS’ total on April 25, 2022.
Chennai Super Kings came into the match with only two wins in 7 matches, while PBKS were just above them in IPL 2022 points table with 3 wins from the same number of matches. CSK captain Ravindra Jadeja won the toss and chose to bowl first.
PBKS made three changes, bringing in Rishi Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Sandeep Sharma, while CSK went in unchanged.
PBKS innings was the story of Shikhar Dhawan, as he remained unbeaten on 88 in 59 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes, while Bhanuka Rajapaksa made 42 runs and the duo added 110 runs together. Liam Livingstone added crucial 19 runs in 7 balls as PBKS ended their 20 overs with 187/4. For CSK, Dwyane Bravo took 2/42.
Ambati Rayudu Gives Chennai Super Kings A Ray Of Hope In Tough Chase
While Ruturaj Gaikwad played a safe game of 30 runs in 27 balls, the other top-order failed as Robin Uthappa made 1, Mitchell Santner made 9 and Shivam Dube made 8 runs. Then Rayudu took over the chase making 78 runs in 39 balls with 6 sixes and 7 fours but didn’t get support from other batters.
Jadeja made 21 runs, while Dhoni made 12, but it failed to take CSK past the finish line. This was despite Rayudu smashing Sandeep Sharma for 25 runs in the 16th over of the innings hitting 3 sixes and one four. He was clean bowled by Kagiso Rabada, whose yorker hit Rayudu on his boot and deflected onto his stumps.
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