Chennai Super Kings vs. Kings XI Punjab: 5 Things We Learned

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Chennai Super Kings vs. Kings XI Punjab: 5 Things We Learned
James Elsby
Glenn Maxwell, playing for the Kings XI Punjab, struck 95 off just 43 balls to steer his team to victory against the Chennai Super Kings

The Kings XI Punjab stunned two-time champions Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on Friday by chasing down an imposing target of 206 with seven balls to spare in the Indian Premier League.

With this result, both finalists of last year's edition have lost their first respective matches this season, after Mumbai Indians suffered a 41-run loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on the opening day of the tournament.

Chennai put on a mammoth 205 for four in 20 overs after electing to bat first. Openers Dwayne Smith (66 off 43 balls) and Brendon McCullum (67 of 45 balls) shared a 123-run stand to get things going, before Suresh Raina (24 off 19 balls), playing his 100th IPL match, and skipper MS Dhoni (26 off 11 balls) took CSK past the 200-mark.

On the other hand, Punjab faltered with their start, losing three wickets for 52 runs within the powerplay, but recovered thanks to a match-winning partnership of 115 between Glenn Maxwell (95 off 43 balls) and David Miller (54 not out off 37 balls), which was enough to see them through.

The result stuck true to our prediction before the game, though quite a few things were learnt along the way.

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