MUMBAI: Fast bowler Deepak Chahar grabbed 4-13 and led Chennai Super Kings to an emphatic six-wicket victory over Punjab Kings with 26 balls remaining in the Indian Premier League yesterday.
Chahar destroyed Punjab’s top order in an uninterrupted impressive spell of seam bowling to restrict Punjab to 106-8.
England’s Moeen Ali then scored 46 off 31 balls and seasoned batter Faf du Plessis remained unbeaten on 36 as Chennai recorded its first victory and reached 107-4 with more than four overs to spare.
Earlier, Chahar had justified captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to field first after winning the toss. The right-arm fast bowler hit the top of Mayank Agarwal’s off stump off his fourth ball and Ravindra Jadeja’s direct throw from short cover left captain Lokesh Rahul well short of his crease.
“There was no dew and enough seam movement,” Dhoni said. “Over the years, he (Chahar) has matured into a death bowler too but he’s somebody who gets more purchase than other bowlers.”
Chahar removed the West Indian duo of Chris Gayle (10) and Nicholas Pooran (0) in his third over before he capped off his brilliant spell by having Deepak Hooda (10) caught at mid-off that left Punjab reeling at 26-5 in the seventh over.