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Chris Gayle walks out at number 3!
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OUT! BOWLED! Peach of a delivery from Deepak Chahar and it is too good for Mayank Agarwal. He is out of here without troubling the scorers.
Chahar pulls out! Probably lost his run-up!
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On a good length and just outside off, Mayank pushes it gently, with an angled bat to point. Straight to the fielder.
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EDGY! Punjab are underway! Chahar pulls his length back slightly and drops the ball with a lovely seam presentation. Rahul stands back to push it through the line but inside edges it past the stumps towards backward square leg. MS Dhoni runs after it and they cross for a run.
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A hint of movement to start! Chahar starts with a full length ball around middle and leg, getting it to straighten a bit, Rahul plays it cautiously off his pads to mid-wicket.
We are all set for the action to begin! The two umpires make their way out to the middle. MS Dhoni leads his Chennai troops out for the 200th time. Punjab skipper, KL Rahul walks out with Mayank Agarwal to open the innings for Punjab. Deepak Chahar to start the proceedings with the new ball for Chennai.
Punjab (Playing XI) – KL Rahul(WK/C), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Chennai (Playing XI) – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK/C), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
Punjab skipper, KL Rahul says that they did well last game and they are looking to follow the same template. Rahul says that the strip looks the same that is the case in all pitches at Wankhede. Rahul says that he would like to look at how the two Australian bowlers got hit and when a set batter is batting this ground can be cruel on bowlers. Tells he tries to encourage them and back them. Rahul informs they are unchanged as well.
Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni says that the only thing to remember is to bowl good deliveries. Tells a lot of times a few good shot from the batters sees the bowlers deviate from the plan and they need to rectify that. Dhoni says cricket is a mental game and adds adaptability is the key factor. Dhoni says that whoever is mentally stronger comes out as a winner. Dhoni says that the pitch looks a bit tacky and has a bit more grass. Dhoni feels the first 4 overs in the second innings is crucial. Dhonis says it boils down to good cricket. Dhoni informs they are unchanged.
TOSS – We are all in readiness for the spin of coin. Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni, is out in the middle for his 200th game for Chennai. He is joined by Punjab captain, KL Rahul. Rahul has the coin in hand. Dhoni calls correctly and the coin comes down in his favour in his milestone game. CHENNAI OPT TO BOWL!
PITCH REPORT – Ian Bishop is the pitch expert for the evening. Bishop tells it is a fresh pitch. Adds that there is a tinge of grass at one end but as he walks down it has a fresh cut. Bishop feels there might not be too much movement like game no.7. Bishop tells that dew starts to form later in the contest and when that happens yorkers need to come into play. Reminds us Delhi did not do that and paid a heavy price.
Hello and welcome to game number 8 as Punjab takes on Chennai. KL Rahul’s side managed to get their campaign off to a nail-biting win and will hope to make it two-in-two and join Bangalore at the top with a 100 percent win record to begin with. Dhoni’s Chennai got off to a thumping loss against Delhi at this very venue. Their bowling was well under par on that evening but MS will hope his bowlers can come to the party. The 3-time champions will be desperate not to lose both their opening games. Can Dhoni refind his magical touch or will the lions of Punjab pounce on wounded lions of Chennai? Stay tuned for toss and further updates.
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