Gilly guides his team to a victory over CSK
Returning after a lengthy lay-off, Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist produced a vintage performance to guide his side to a six-wicket upset win over defending champions Chennai Super Kings.
A result that keeps alive their chances of advancing to the playoffs, while simultaneously leaving CSK waiting on the other teams.
Returning to the team after a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, Gilchrist snapped up four catches and followed that up with an unbeaten 64 that came off just 46 balls.
Chasing a paltry 120 for seven set by CSK, Kings XI rode on Gilchrist’s whirlwind innings to romp home with 21 balls to spare.
Apart from Gilchrist, Mandeep Singh (24 off 21) made an useful contribution at the top. For CSK, Dwayne Bravo picked up two wickets for 18 runs, while Ben Hilfenhaus (1/20) and Albie Morkel (1/28) scalped one apiece.
Earlier, opting to bowl Kings XI pacers produced a disciplined bowling effort to restrict defending champions Chennai Super Kings to 120 for seven.
On a bouncy HPCA Stadium pitch, Praveen Kumar (2/18), Parvinder Awana (2/12) and Azhar Mahmood (2/28) shared six wickets between them, while Ryan Harris (1/24) accounted for the other CSK batsman.
Bravo played an important 43-ball 46-run knock in the middle, during which he struck two fours and three sixes, to take CSK to the 120-run mark.
With this defeat CSK have ended their league engagements with 17 points from 16 games and will have to wait for the results of the remaining league games to know their fate.
Kings XI, on the other hand, will have to win their last game against table toppers Delhi Daredevils to stay in the hunt.