Chennai Super Kings hammered Punjab Kings by six wickets in the eight match of IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Chennai Super Kings hammered Punjab Kings by six wickets in the eight match of IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Sent into bat after losing the toss, PBKS could never really get any momentum going. They managed only 106 for 8 in their 20 overs as Deepak Chahar claimed 4 for 13. In response, CSK eased home to a dominating triumph courtesy good knocks from Moeen Ali (46) and Faf du Plessis (36 not out). Here are three reasons why Punjab went down to Chennai.

  1. The unplayable delivery to Mayank Agarwal

Deepak Chahar bowled brilliantly for his four wickets. But the ball he bowled to Mayank Agarwal at the start of the innings set up the game mentally for CSK. It was an unplayable delivery that pitched on middle, opened up the batsman completely and went on to knock back the off-stump. It was the perfectly-pitched delivery that would have got 99 out of 100 batsmen in the world out. Even PBKS skipper KL Rahul acknowledged the delivery from other end, nodding his head in appreciation. Beyond just claiming a wicket, the peach that Chahar delivered to Agarwal seemed to have dented the psyche of the other Punjab batsmen as well. They just didn’t seem in the game after it. As Agarwal walked back with a duck against his name, his epitomized all the woes Punjab were to face in the match.

  • KL Rahul’s hesitancy that cost him his wicket

After Agarwal was back in the hut cheaply, it was imperative for Punjab to have their skipper Rahul out in the middle. However, the PBKS captain also perished cheaply, risking a quick single against the gun arm of Ravindra Jadeja. Chris Gayle got an inside edge onto his pads and was unsure of going for the quick single but was coaxed by his captain into taking it. Rahul, it was, however, who was running to the danger end.

There was just a moment of hesitation shown by Rahul, and that was enough to cost him his wicket. Jadeja swooped in from short cover, took aim and hit bullseye. Replays showed that Rahul, who also did not dive, was caught just short of his crease. If was the amount of ground he could perhaps have covered had he not hesitated for a fraction of a second. In the end, that one moment of indecision cost Rahul his wicket, and went a long way in Punjab remaining on the backfoot.

  • Horrendous batting effort by the middle-order

While Agarwal was unlucky to get a brute of a delivery and Rahul, in a sense, gave his wicket away, the other batsmen played highly irresponsible shots to hurt the team beyond control. Chris Gayle, who was handed a life at the start of his innings, scooped a knuckle ball from Chahar straight up in the air.

Nicholas Pooran is exceptionally talented but often flatters to deceive with his stroke-making. Friday against CSK was one such occasion. He completely took his eyes away from a short ball and end up gifting the simplest of catches to long leg, who did not even have to move. Pooran too was back in the hut for a duck.

Deepak Hooda, who had cracked a brilliant 64 in the previous match for PBKS, also did not gauge the conditions. He also chipped a delivery from Chahar straight up in the air. Shahrukh Khan, who made a hard-fought 47, demonstrated that there were no demons in the pitch. But the damage had been done by then.

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