CSK vs PBKS: Sunday produced two thrilling encounters in the 2023 Indian Premier League. Two games where targets of 200 or more were chased set the tone for the second leg of the tournament. The 41st game saw the four-time champion Chennai Super Kings take on the Punjab Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. That match went down to the wire, and PBKS clinched the victory on the last ball to finish with the help of all-rounder Sikandar Raza.

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There were crazy scenes in Chennai, and the atmosphere was electric. All-rounder Sikandar Raza outfoxed the bowler and played a decent shot to take a triple off the last ball, which sealed the deal for the Punjab Kings. He went unbeaten on 13 off 7 and PBKS registered their fifth victory of the 16th edition. It was a brilliant batting performance from both teams in the match.

CSK vs PBKS: “Liam Livingstone changed the game for us”- Sikandar Raza

CSK vs PBKS: “Won by Running Like Hell’- Sikandar Raza on Thrilling Last-Ball Win vs CSK in Chennai
CSK vs PBKS: “Won by Running Like Hell’- Sikandar Raza on Thrilling Last-Ball Win vs CSK in Chennai

CSK set a target of 201 to chase for visitors. Punjab had a decent start with a 50-run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan (28 off 15) and Prabhsimran Singh (42 off 24). Punjab needed 71 runs in the last five overs. Then, Liam Livingstone took on Tushar Deshpande. Although he got out in that over, Punjab scored 24 runs in the 16th over.

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That turned the game in favor of PBKS. After that, Sam Curran (29 off 20) and Jitesh Sharma (21 off 10) also contributed well in the chase. The equation came to nine needed for the last over. But Matheesha Pathirana bowled brilliantly and took the game to Punjab, who needed three on the last ball. But Raza was too smart and played the ball in the gap to run three. After the game, he said,

“I was just looking at a lot of arms being raised in the dressing room. No idea. Maybe it was about retiring one of the guys. I don’t know. We said we were one boundary away from run a ball (in the final over), and if we can’t get that, we’ll run well. We won by running like hell. I think that over Livingstone changed the game for us and we could never look back.”

That win helped Punjab move up one spot to fifth place. They now have 10 points and an NRR of -0.447. They have the same points as CSK, but Chennai has a better NRR. Punjab will now host Mumbai Indians on Wednesday, May 3, at PCA Stadium in Mohali.

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