Faf du Plessis of Chennai Super Kings during match 8 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between the Punjab Kings and the Chennai Super Kings held at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai on the 16th April 2021.
Faf du Plessis of Chennai Super Kings during match 8 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between the Punjab Kings and the Chennai Super Kings held at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai on the 16th April 2021.
Photo by Deepak Malik/ Sportzpics for IPL

Match details

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Toss: Chennai Super Kings elect to field in Dhoni's 200th IPL match for CSK

Match start: 7.30 pm

Head-to-Head: With 14 wins and 9 losses in 23 games, CSK head into the contest with numerical advantage. In recent contests too, Chennai have dominated Punjab Kings by winning four of their last five meetings. However, Punjab head into this one with full of confidence after an opening success while CSK are coming in after a loss in their first game.

Pitch: Wankhede wicket has always favoured the batting side. But the match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals turned out to be a low scorer. Expect this one to turn out similar if played on the same wicket.

Par score: 140-160

TV: Star Sports Network

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FPJ Dream XI predictions before toss

Wicketkeeper: KL Rahul

Batsmen: Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina

All-rounders: Moeen Ali, Sam Curran

Bowlers: Jhye Richardson, Mohammad Shami, Shardul Thakur

Dream XI: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Jhye Richardson, Mohammad Shami, Shardul Thakur

Playing XI's

Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, M Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, M Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar

Captains speak after the toss

Dhoni: The only thing they need to remember is they will get hit off good balls, but you need to assess whether it was a good shot or bad delivery. Otherwise, they've been doing well in practice sessions. Mostly, it's a mental game in cricket. Adaptability is the key factor, overall it's more of a mental game than the physical aspect. To start off, pitch looks tacky and a bit more grass. As the game progresses, dew will come and it will settle. It will do a bit in the first few overs.

Rahul: We did well last game and we will try to assess the pitch as quickly as we can. In Wankhede, every strip looks the same. I wasn't disappointed with them, they stuck to their plans. Even if they go for runs, it's fine. We are playing the same team.

KL Rahul's record at the toss as IPL captain: 4 wins | 12 losses 


Deepak Chahar to bowl the opening over. KL Rahul to strike. Mayank Agarwal at the non-striker's end

0.4 - WICKET!

Mayank Agarwal get a peach! Ball pitches on middle and late swing takes the top of off stump

End of Over 1: PBKS 2-1

Gayle is in early at No. 3

Sam Curran to bowl second Over. Good start for CSK!

1.5 - FOUR!

KL Rahul helps it down towards long leg. First boundary of the match

End of Over 2: PBKS: 7/1

KL Rahul 5 (7) | Chris Gayle 2 (3)

Sam Curran 1-0-5-0 | Deepak Chahar 1-0-2-1

2.1 - FOUR!

A flick over Square Leg by Chris Gayle

2.2 - FOUR!

Flies over the slip for four

2.5 - WICKET!

KL Rahul takes on the most dangerous fielder on this planet and pays the price for it! One stump to aim at Jadeja makes no mistake at the striker's end

KL Rahul run out (Jadeja) 5 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

End of Over 3: PBKS 17-2

Sam Curran to bowl Fourth Over

End of Over 4: PBKS 18-2

Just 1 from the Over

D Chahar will bowl 5th Over

4.2 - WICKET!

Superman is back in action! Jadeja takes a flying catch at short cover off Chahar's knuckle-ball

Chris Gayle c Jadeja b Chahar 10 (10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100

4.4 - WICKET!

Short ball and Nicholas Pooran departs. Thakur takes a simple catch at long leg

Nicholas Pooran c Thakur b Chahar 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

End of Over 5: PBKS 19/4

Shardul Thakur to bowl last over of the powerplay

Shahrukh Khan 0 (2) Deepak Hooda 3 (7)

Deepak Chahar 3-0-13-3 | Sam Curran 2-0-6-0

End of Over 6: PBKS 26-4

Dhoni decides to bowl out Chahar's four overs

6.2 - WICKET!

What a spell this is turning out to be for Deepak Chahar! Hooda chips it straight to du Plessis at mid off

Deepak Hooda c du Plessis b Chahar 10 (15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of Over 7: PBKS 26-5

A wicket maiden for Chahar. Jadeja to bowl Over 8

Jhye Richardson 0 (4) | Shahrukh Khan 0 (2)

Deepak Chahar4-1-13-4 | Shardul Thakur1-0-7-0

Punjab Kings playing at a rate of just 3.71 runs per over

7.5 - SIX!

SRK pounces on short ball from Jadeja and pulls it for six over deep midwicket

End of Over 8: PBKS 34-5

Thakur comes back to bowl 9th Over

8.1 - Four!

8.5 - FOUR!

End of Over 9: PBKS 45-5

Jadeja to bowl Over 10

End of Over 10: PBKS 48-5

End of Over 11: PBKS 52-5

End of Over 12: PBKS 57-5

12.1 - WICKET

Richardson attempts to pull a full ball on the middle stump and misses it

Jhye Richardson b Ali 15 (22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.18

End of Over 13: PBKS 61-6

4 runs from the over and 1 wicket

Shahrukh Khan17 (18) | Murugan Ashwin 2 (2)

Moeen Ali2-0-8-1 | Ravindra Jadeja 3-0-16-0

End of Over 14: PBKS 64/6

Jadeja gives away just 3 runs from his final over

Murugan Ashwin 3 (6) | Shahrukh Khan 19 (20)

Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-19-0 | Moeen Ali2-0-8-1

14.1 - SIX!

SRK sure is a desi version of Pollard. Muscled over midwicket for six.

End of Over 15: PBKS 73-6

Thakur to bowl Over 16

End of Over 16: PBKS 81-6

Bravo to bowl death overs

16.3 - FOUR! Shah Rukh Khan stretching Punjab innings

Will he take Punjab past 120?

16.5 - WICKET!

du Plessis at mid off takes another simple catch

Murugan Ashwin c du Plessis b Bravo 6 (14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

End of Over 17: 87-7

Thakur to bowl his final over

End of Over 18: PBKS 96-7

Shahrukh Khan 46 (34) Mohammed Shami 1 (2)

Shardul Thakur 4-0-35-0 | Dwayne Bravo 1-0-6-1

Bravo to bowl penultimate over

End of Over 19: PBKS 100/7

Mohammed Shami 4 (7) | Shahrukh Khan 47 (35)

Dwayne Bravo 2-0-10-1 | Shardul Thakur 4-0-35-0

Curran to bowl final over

19.1 - WICKET!

Pace off the ball and SRK falls 3 short of a well-deserved 50

Shahrukh Khan c Jadeja b Curran 47 (36b 4x4 2x6) SR: 130.55

No boundary in final 2 Overs and Punjab Kings finish on just 106-8 in 20 Overs

Start of 2nd innings

Faf du Plessis is joined by Ruturaj Gaekwad. Mohammad Shami to charge in with two slips in.




99 runs needed from 102 balls

Faf du Plessis 3 (7) Ruturaj Gaikwad 4 (11)

Mohammed Shami 2-0-6-0 Jhye Richardson 1-0-1-0


FAF takes Richardson to the cleaners. Two fours and a SIX from the over as CSK get to move on.

Arshdeep comes into the attack to bowl 5th Over.

4.6 - WICKET!

Gaikwad's sorry state at the middle comes to an end as he picks out Hooda at deep midwicket.

Ruturaj Gaikwad c Hooda b Arshdeep Singh 5 (16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.25


Need 83 runs from 90 balls

Faf du Plessis 18 (14) | Moeen Ali 0 (0)

Arshdeep Singh 1-0-2-1 | Jhye Richardson 2-0-15-0


Need 75 runs from 84 balls

Moeen Ali 8 (6) | Faf du Plessis 18 (14)

Riley Meredith 1-0-8-0 | Arshdeep Singh 1-0-2-1


Need 70 runs from 78 balls

Moeen Ali 12 (9) Faf du Plessis19 (17)

Arshdeep Singh 2-0-7-1 Riley Meredith 1-0-8-0


Need 60 runs from 72 balls

Faf du Plessis 22 (19) | Moeen Ali 19 (13)

Murugan Ashwin 1-0-10-0 | Arshdeep Singh 2-0-7-1

END OF OVER 9: 53-1

Need 54 runs from 66 balls

Moeen Ali 24 (17) | Faf du Plessis 19 (21)

Riley Meredith 2-0-14-0 | Murugan Ashwin 1-0-10-0

END OF OVER 10: 64-1

END OF OVER 11: 74-1

END OF OVER 12: 84-1

12.3- WICKET!

Moeen goes in pursuit of early finish and holes out to to SRK at deep midwicket. He had just hit a six off the first ball of the over.

Moeen Ali c Shahrukh Khan b Ashwin 46 (31b 7x4 1x6) SR: 148.38

END OF OVER 13: CSK 95-2

END OF OVER 14: CSK 97-2

Shami to bowl 15th Over

14.2 - WICKET!

Raina's problems with bouncers continue

Suresh Raina c †Rahul b Mohammed Shami 8 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

Rayudu is the next man in and he's GONE!END OF OVER 15: CSK 102-4

Back to back wickets and CSK have been pegged back

Ambati Rayudu c Pooran b Mohammed Shami 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

END OF OVER 15: CSK 102-4

Need 5 runs from 30 balls

Faf du Plessis 35 (32) | Sam Curran 1 (1)

Mohammed Shami 4-0-21-2 | Riley Meredith 3-0-16-0

15.4 - FOUR by Curran! CSK WIN

What a great boost for CSK's net run rate. They jump to the No. 2 spot on the points table

Post-match Interviews

Moeen Ali: Getting two points is the most important thing. It's a great win. My role is to just enjoy myself. MS just tells me to go out and time it and not hit it hard. I really enjoy batting in the top three. England is such a good side - it is what it is. If the chance comes in the future [to bat up the order], I'll take it. I just concentrate on the shape and timing at the nets. Not a big-hitter of the ball and I just try to time it. Our bowlers were amazing at the top. It was a great time to bowl and get the wicket [of Richardson]

Chahar, Man of the Match: I think the first wicket [of Agarwal] pleased me. Dream ball: pitches on middle and hitting off. It was a delight for the coach. I think it's a ball you dream about - the outswinger hitting the top of off. The first over catch went to Ruturaj, only Jaddu could've taken it. He has taken so many catches off my bowling - I just want Jaddu in the field [laughs]. I think I got the responsibility to bowl the first over and set the tone. It's a big responsibility for me in the last four years and Mahi bhai has shown faith in me. As a bowler, this is my plan always. You may not take wickets in T20s, so my plan is to bowl dots in powerplays.

Post-match presentation

Dhoni: Makes me feel very good and it has been a very long journey [on playing 200 matches for CSK]. It started in 2008 - played in SA, Dubai, and back home. Never thought Mumbai would be our home. In 2011, the last time that we were happy with the Chennai wicket. Before that, there was spin, but it also helped fast bowlers. After the wicket was relaid, we found it difficult to adjust to conditions. This is a very good wicket, but it depends on the conditions on that day. The ball moved today, but it didn't swing around a lot. There was no dew and enough seam movement. Overall the years, he [Chahar] has matured into a death bowler too but he's somebody who gets more purchase than other bowlers. If you're looking to attack, why not finish his first four overs. Bravo can bowl at the death. It's not a secret. We felt if Moeen bats up the order, we can make use of the resources that we got. Moeen is a very good timer of the ball and plays authentic shots. We have to make the most of the resources. I thought that [lbw call] was high and that's what the bowler needs to take. That's where the bowler's input is very important. I always thought DRS is one to take howlers away from the game. You take the gamble when it's really important or the last over of the game.

Rahul: There's not much more to say. When any team loses five wickets in the first six or seven overs.... It [The pitch] did [play differently]. It was more sticky and tacky than what it looked like. Deepak with his knuckle ball got a couple of wickets. Myself getting run-out. It wasn't a 110-wicket, maybe 150-160. We have pace in our attack and we obviously want to use that. Playing in India can be tough and cruel. Meredith and Richardson did try to execute the plan [against RR] and it was good to see them come back. We will review the key points that we spoke before the game and like you mentioned yourself that's how cricket goes. You smile and see how you can do better if we get a similar situation when we play at the Wankhede again. It's important to learn from our mistakes, that's the kind of team that we want to be.

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