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IPL 2023: Punjab Kings steal a 4-wicket victory on a nail-biting final ball against Chennai Super Kings

In a tight Indian Premier League encounter on Sunday in Chennai, Sikandar Raza maintained composure to score the necessary three runs off the last ball, giving Punjab Kings a dramatic four-wicket victory against Chennai Super Kings.

Punjab needed nine runs from Matheesha Pathirana's last over to win the game as they were chasing 201. Pathirana only gave up two runs in her first three deliveries. Despite the intense pressure, Raza maintained his composure and scored two runs off each of the following two deliveries.

PBKS hitters had already scored three runs when the penultimate ball was delivered towards the boundary by Raza (13 not out), but Maheesh Theekshana brilliantly fielded it to stop it just before the ropes, inducing shocked silence from the home fans at Chepauk.

Prabhsimran Singh (42), Liam Livingstone (40), Sam Curran (29) and Jitesh Sharma (21) all played significant roles in helping Punjab reach 201 for 6, while CSK opener Devon Conway's outstanding 92-run effort was ineffective.

Before Livingstone and Curran turned the situation around in the middle overs, Punjab's batters did well to pull off a victory. In the end, Tushar Deshpande's 24 runs allowed in the 16th over were vital.

Jitesh Sharma (21 off 10 balls) smashed the opening ball for a four and grabbed two off the next with 22 runs required from 12 balls. He was caught in the deep by replacement Shaik Rasheed after falling off the fourth ball. After the fielder caught the ball and tripped back close to the boundary rope, the third umpire declared the batter out.

Deshpande completed his four overs with three for 49 while Ravindra Jadeja concluded with two for 32.

Shikhar Dhawan (28) and Prabhsimran Singh had a quick stand as Punjab's batsmen started the run chase before the former was bowled by Deshpande. In the powerplay, the starters raised the score to 50. Dhawan discovered Matheesha Pathirana off the top-edge in his effort to cut over the in-field.

Before Atharva Taide (13) became Jadeja's first victim, Prabhsimran and Taide quickly added 44 runs. When the ball turned slightly and beat Prabhsimran as he leaped out of the crease, Dhoni completed an easy stumping.

As Punjab slipped to 94 for 3 in the 11th over, Taide was the next to fall, caught and bowled by Jadeja for 13.

As the required run rate increased and the batters were unable to find the big over, things seemed to be going against PBKS. However, 15 runs from eight balls were scored by Raza and M. Shahrukh Khan (2 not out), allowing PBKS to reach the target.

Conway scored an outstanding unbroken 92 earlier to help CSK reach 200 for 4. With two sixes from the final two deliveries, Dhoni enthralled the home audience.

Following the dismissal of Ravindra Jadeja (12), the crowd erupted in a loud cheer as the talisman Dhoni entered the pitch. Sam Curran (4-0-46-1)'s first pitch was the first one he encountered, but he was unable to connect with it. The following pitch, which he smashed to the ground for a single, was then delivered.

One more ball later, Dhoni smashed a full toss for a maximum and a six off a wide delivery to end the innings on 13 not out as CSK did it in style.

After deciding to bat first, Conway and opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad (37) combined 86 runs for the first wicket to set the home side on the right track to a respectable total. Conway hit 16 fours and a six during his 52-ball unbeaten performance.

Curran, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, and Sikandar Raza each claimed one wicket for Punjab.

Conway and Gaikwad kept up their outstanding batting performance as they gave the squad another solid start by scoring 50 runs in the sixth over.

Conway established the tone with two boundaries off Kagiso Rabada's opening over and batted well after that. In the sixth over, bowled by Curran, he struck two straight fours as CSK steadily up the tempo. As the Punjab Kings bowlers struggled to make an impact, the powerplay produced 57 runs.

Gaikwad was trapped by Jitesh Sharma for 37 after leaping out to a Sikander Raza ball against the flow of play.

After being moved up the order, the powerful Shivam Dube smashed two massive sixes, one off Rabada. Together with Conway, he added 44 runs in 26 balls to help the Super Kings up the ante.

When Dube fell while attempting a big hit, he appeared to be in for more runs before being caught by Shahrukh Khan in the deep for a 17-ball 28.

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