Indian Premier League, Chennai
Chennai Super Kings 217-7 (20 overs): Gaikwad 57 (31); Bishnoi 3-28
Lucknow Super Giants 205-7 (20 overs): Mayers 53 (22); Moeen 4-26
Chennai Super Kings won by 12 runs
England all-rounder Moeen Ali took 4-26 as Chennai Super Kings beat Lucknow Super Giants by 12 runs in the Indian Premier League.
Chasing 218, Lucknow raced to 79 in just 5.3 overs with Kyle Mayers hitting a 22-ball 53, before Moeen removed him and fellow opener KL Rahul for 20.
Moeen then got Krunal Pandya and Marcus Stoinis, with Lucknow finishing 205-7.
Chennai made 217-7, with Ruturaj Gaikwad making 57 and England seamer Mark Wood taking 3-49.
England Test captain Ben Stokes surprisingly bowled one over for Chennai.
But Chennai’s 217 was set up by an explosive opening stand of 110 in 9.1 overs between Gaikwad and New Zealand’s Devon Conway, who made 47.
Ambati Rayudu added 27 not out from 14 balls to propel Chennai past 200, with former India skipper MS Dhoni’s consecutive sixes in the final over drawing the loudest cheers from his home crowd.
Lucknow were on top of the required run-rate in the opening powerplay, capitalising on loose bowling and short boundaries, but slipped from 79-0 to 82-3 as Deepak Hooda and Rahul fell in the space of three balls.
West Indies batter Nicholas Pooran struck an entertaining 32 from 18 balls, including three sixes, but the economical spin of Moeen and Mitchell Santner, who claimed 1-21, restricted the flow of runs effectively in the middle overs.
“It was a tough one because they’ve got a lot of big hitters so I was just trying to bowl like I would in Test cricket,” said Moeen.
“It was really pleasing to get the win. It’s always nice to put my hand up and win us some games.”
Lucknow will be looking to bounce back against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, while Chennai take on Mumbai Indians the following day.
News Source: https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/65168691.amp