“Chennai Super Kings” defeated “Lucknow Super Giants” by 12 runs in the “Indian Premier League” thanks to all-rounder Moeen Ali’s 4-26 from England.
Kyle Mayers scored a 22-ball 53 as Lucknow, which was chasing 218 runs, sped to 79 in only 5.3 overs before Moeen dismissed both openers for 20 runs each. After Lucknow finished with a score of 205-7, Moeen then secured Krunal Pandya and Marcus Stoinis. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 57, and Mark Wood, an English seamer, took 3 for 49 as Chennai scored 217-7. Ben Stokes, the captain of England’s Test team, unexpectedly dismissed a Chennai batsman.
After receiving an injection in his problematic left knee, the all-bowling rounder was anticipated to be restricted during the competition. Despite giving up 18 runs, he survived his wicketless inning unharmed.
Following Chennai’s opening-game loss to the defending champion Gujarat Titans, Stokes, who was acquired by Chennai for about £1.6 million, managed just eight runs with the bat. This was his second straight score of under ten runs. However, Gaikwad and Devon Conway of New Zealand, who scored 47 and contributed 110 in a blistering opening stand of 9.1 overs, helped Chennai reach 217.
Ambati Rayudu’s unbeaten addition of 27 from only 14 balls helped Chennai surpass 200, with the former India captain MS Dhoni’s two successive sixes in the penultimate over earning the greatest applause from his home audience.
Ravi Bishnoi, a leg-spinner, led the way for Lucknow with 3-28, and Wood added to his wicket total after collecting 5-14 in the team’s first victory, although both players gave up more than 12 runs per over.
Deepak Hooda and Rahul’s quick falls in the space of three balls caused Lucknow to slip from 79-0 to 82-3, exceeding the necessary run rate during the initial powerplay while taking advantage of careless bowling and short boundaries.
In spite of West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran’s exciting 32 from 18 balls, which included three sixes, the economical spin of Moeen Ali and Mitchell Santner, who claimed 1-21, effectively slowed the flow of runs in the middle overs.
When Chennai plays the Mumbai Indians the next day, Lucknow will be seeking to get back on track against “Sunrisers Hyderabad” on Friday.
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