IPL 11: Chennai Super Kings wins toss, Kings XI Punjab to bat

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni nearly pulled off another signature finish for Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Sunday. With their third match of the series, CSK would love to carry forward their winning streak against Kings XI on Sunday, April 15. Punjab will next face Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday while CSK will play Rajasthan Royals on Friday. Subsequently, they also tasted their maiden defeat of the this season's IPL.

Chris Gayle, man of the match: "I got a text this morning that I would be playing". They trod the aggressive route and notched 75 runs within the fielding restrictions. Playing his first game of the season, he hammered 63 off 33 balls and raced to his half-century off 22 balls. Gayle and Rahul laid into Harbhajan, picking 24 runs off his two overs and getting KXIP off the blocks in a hurry.

Big names like Shane Watson (11), Murali Vijay (12), Sam Billings (9) and Ravindra Jadeja (19) failed to score handsomely in a big run chase. Slowly Dhoni brought his side back in the game with some power hitting but could not finish on a high.

Here is what Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the skipper of the Chennai Super Kings saidNot much going through my mind.

"I think they bowled pretty well".

Bangalore's famed batting line up was not good enough to overhaul the Royals' total, coming up short by 19 runs, with Virat Kohli the only player who looked risky.

In the bowling department, Mujeeb Ur Rahaman (3-18-0) and Andrew Tye (4-47-2) stood out for KXIP. It was a close game.

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We have to be smart while bowling.

Next in, Ravi Jadeja (19, 13b) though hit a couple of boundaries but consumed a lot of dot balls to contribute to the rising required rate.

When asked as to why Dwayne Bravo was not promoted up the order, the 37-year-old said,"Fleming is in the dugout so he needs to take the decision". This is the time we can give him the opportunity to express himself.

"It shouldn't be too bad because I know what happened, and when you know the extent of injury, you know how bad it really is", he added. It shouldn't be so bad. At the toss, Kings XI captain R Ashwin said Axar was a forced exclusion due to a "small niggle".

Punjab is up against a team that has two back to back wins.

Rewind to the first two games and Ashwin threatened an invasion by spin to start with. I am feeling like 25, the Universe Boss is back (laughs).

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