IPL 2022: Match 11, CSK vs PBKS – Who Said What

Punjab Kings team. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The Punjab Kings got the better of a clueless Chennai Super Kings by 54 runs in Match 11 of IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on April 3. Chasing a manageable 181, CSK failed to get the job done as losing wickets at regular intervals derailed their momentum and they ended up suffering a third straight defeat in this tournament.

After being asked to bat first, Punjab were reduced to 14/2 after losing skipper Mayank Agarwal and the hard-hitting Bhanuka Rajapaksa before opener Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone carried out the rescue act with a 95-run stand for the third wicket. Dhawan scored 33 runs from 24 balls while Livingstone scored 60 runs off 32 deliveries. Wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma chipped in with a 17-ball 26 and some tight bowling towards the end from the Chennai bowlers restricted Punjab Kings to 180/8 from their 20 overs.

In reply, CSK’s run chase ran out of fire and brimstone right from the beginning as they kept losing wickets without building even a single partnership. Only Shivam Dube and MS Dhoni salvaged pride with a 62-run stand for the sixth wicket. Dube scored an impressive 30-ball 57 while Dhoni scored 23 runs from 28 balls.

The veteran stumper tried to keep the defending champions in the hunt after Shivam Dube’s dismissal but once he was caught behind by Jitesh Sharma off leggie Rahul Chahar in the 18th over, the four-time champions completely lost their way and were bowled out for just 126 with two overs to spare.

Losing skipper, Ravindra Jadeja said:

We lost too many wickets in the powerplay, we didn’t find the momentum from ball one. We need to find a way to get better and come back stronger. (On Gaikwad) We need to give him confidence, we need to back him, we all know that he’s a very good player. We’ll definitely back him and I am sure that he’ll come good. He (Dube) has been batting so well, he batted well today, keeping him in a good frame of mind would be the key. Definitely we’ll try our best, work hard and come back stronger.

Winning skipper, Mayank Agarwal said:

We were thinking we were 5-7 short, but we knew chasing 180 wasn’t going to be easy, especially if we took wickets with the new ball and that’s exactly what we did. Winning that part of the game won us the game. (Told Livingstone) Nothing. Everyone holds their breath when he is batting. Some of the shots he hits are spectacular. Vaibhav was with us a couple of years back .. saw the talent there. He’s different, he’s young and has got some good skills. With Jitesh, Anil bhai had seen him when he was in MI. He said we’ve got to get this kid. He’s got good intent. Standout thing about him is his attitude. You can see the hunger, you can see the want. Definitely looking to play hard and positive cricket. Have to be emotionally intelligent when it doesn’t come off.

Player of the Match, Liam Livingstone said:

The first two games hadn’t gone my way. Good to contribute to a win. Thought the boys did brilliantly. We got to a target which we thought was defendable and our seam bowlers were outstanding in the powerplay. Got to try as smart as we can. All our conversations have been ‘try and be as exciting as we can’. Nice to get a few today. I’ve been swinging hard enough, nice to get a couple off the middle today. You don’t need to remind me about it (his IPL record previously). Struggled with RR as well last year. Nice to have a performance like this. Bowling is something I really enjoy. Something I’ve spent a lot of time on. Been nice to contribute. Hopefully as the tournament goes on, my spin comes into play. I also bat in the nets with Odean Smith, he’s got me covered by a long way, trust me. I’m sure he’ll get going at some point and you’ll see why.”

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