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CSK vs PBKS Match Highlights: IPL 2024

IPL  •  2 May, 2024  •  20,013 Views  •  ⭐ 4.7

Written by Anand Swami

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In a pivotal IPL 2024 showdown at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Punjab Kings (PBKS) demonstrated strategic prowess and robust execution to overcome Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by seven wickets. Tasked with chasing 163 runs, PBKS displayed a calculated assault led by Jonny Bairstow and Rilee Rossouw, who knocked brisk scores of 46 and 43, respectively. Their efforts, coupled with smart bowling decisions, allowed PBKS to keep their playoff hopes vividly alive, turning what seemed like a balanced game into a showcase of their chase mastery.


Opening Partnership and Early Success for PBKS

Jonny Bairstow
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Punjab Kings began their chase with Jonny Bairstow and Prabhsimran Singh opening the innings. Bairstow was aggressive from the start, striking a swift 46 off 30 balls, while Prabhsimran Singh, though less impactful, helped set a solid platform before being dismissed by Richard Gleeson. His catch was taken by Ruturaj Gaikwad at extra cover.

Following Prabhsimran’s dismissal, Rilee Rossouw joined Bairstow and quickly got into his stride, scoring 43 off 23 balls. Their partnership was instrumental in maintaining a high run rate early in the innings, setting up a strong foundation for the middle order.



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Middle Over Challenges and PBKS's Response

Mustafizur Rahman and MS Dhoni
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The game tightened during the middle overs when Mustafizur Rahman bowled a crucial maiden over, raising hopes for CSK. At this stage, PBKS required 28 runs from 30 balls. The turning point came when the ball was changed, a decision often made when the original ball became too worn. However, this did not deter PBKS; Shashank Singh hit a significant six over cow corner off Moeen Ali, easing the pressure significantly. This shot effectively shifted the momentum back to PBKS, simplifying their path to the target.

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