Punjab Kings captain Shikhar Dhawan (Sportzpics)
It was a thrilling contest and the Punjab Kings managed to snatch both points from the jaws of defeat as Sikandar Raza hit the winning points for his side.
Punjab Kings skipper Shikhar Dhawan said beating Chennai at Chepauk was a big thing and victory over MS Dhoni and Co on Sunday was very special for him and the team. It was a thrilling competition and the Punjab Kings managed to snatch both points from the jaws of defeat as Sikandar Raza hit his side’s winning runs in a final ball thriller.
It was tricky on the final ball as Punjab needed three points and Chepauk fans were cheering loudly for their team. Raza closed the gap on the spot as he and Shahrukh Khan ran three hard to help PBKS to a nervy 4-wicket win.
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Devon Conway (92* from 52) hit his fifth half of the season to propel CSK to 200/4 as Dhoni provided the finishing touch in Dhoni style with two sixes on the last two balls for the biggest enjoyment of the local public.
Chasing 201, a collective batting performance with airy cameos from Prabhsimran Singh (42 of 24), Liam Livingstone (40 of 24), Sam Curran (29 of 20), Jitesh Sharma (21 of 10) saw Sikandar Raza (13 on 7) helped PBKS hunt 9 in the final over to win a thrilling game by four wickets.
“It’s very, very special. Beating Chennai in Chennai is a very big thing. Very, very happy and it shows the great character of our team, leaving this loss behind and finding a new mindset,” said Dhawan at the post-match presentation ceremony.
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“I was very happy with the way our bowlers played; we got them at the right score. They have been very consistent. As captain we wanted them to play more overs, Liam has regained his touch and would like him to beat more overs. Good signs that everyone is playing well,” he added.
PBKS are back on a winning streak, following the loss to Lucknow Super Giants, and will be looking to build on their momentum when they take on Mumbai Indians on May 3 at IS Bindra Stadium.
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