IPL 2018: CSK’s victory eliminates Punjab, sends Royals into playoffs

Pune: Young paceman Lungi Ngidi conceded only 10 runs and took four wickets before Suresh Raina hit a measured 61 as Chennai Super Kings eliminated Kings XI Punjab from IPL with a five-wicket win, a result which sealed Rajasthan Royals’ place in the Play-offs, here on Sunday. Delhi Daredevils had done a favour to Punjab by knocking out Mumbai Indians with an 11-run win in the first match of the day as it kept Punjab in the hunt to take the last-available spot in the Play-offs.

When Punjab batsmen needed to fire in unison, only Karun Nair (54) showed stomach for fight with his 26-ball knock, which was laced with three fours and five sixes. Nair’s half-century helped Kings XI Punjab recover from a poor start and post 153 in 19.4 overs but they needed to win by at least 53 runs to qualify for the playoffs. CSK and SRH will now clash in the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday while Royals and KKR will lock horn in Eliminator on Wednesday.

BRIEF SCORES: CSK 159 for 5 (Raina 61, Chahar 39, Rajpoot 2-19) beat KXIP 153 (Nair 54, Ngidi 4-10)