IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh happy after outwitting Chris Gayle in big win for CSK

first_img view more view less scorecard graphs IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh happy after outwitting Chris Gayle in big win for CSKIPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh picked up 2 for 17 including the wickets of Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal as Chennai Super Kings defeated Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs in Chennai on Saturday. Harbhajan was named man-of-the-match. advertisementcenter_img commentary No data available! Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 23:00 IST IPL 2019, CSK vs KXIP: Harbhajan Singh took the wicket of Chris Gayle and finished with figures of 17 for 2 on Saturday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh won his 2nd man-of-the-match award in the 2019 Indian Premier LeagueHarbhajan dismissed Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in his 1st over as KXIP chased 161CSK defeated KXIP by 22 runs to secure their 4th win in 5 matchesHarbhajan Singh was named man-of-the-match after his double wicket maiden scripted a 22-run win for Chennai Super Kings over Kings XI Punjab on Friday. Harbhajan removed Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in his first over to rock KXIP’s chase of 161 early in their innings. | CSK vs KXIP – Match report |KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan shared a 110-run stand but the early losses meant the two batsmen were under pressure to keep up the tempo against a top-quality spin attack.Harbhajan Singh was MS Dhoni’s trump card against Chris Gayle, the most dangerous batsman in T20 cricket. Gayle is the fastest man to reach 4000 IPL runs and the only player to hit 300 sixes in the IPL. On Saturday, he could well have been the difference between both sides in a steep chase on a tricky pitch.But MS Dhoni, one of the sharpest minds in the cricket world, knew he could challenge Gayle with a quality off-spinner and he brought Harbhajan Singh on in the second over of the KXIP innings.And Harbhajan Singh was happy to see his plan work – he got Gayle and also the talented Mayank Agarwal in a sensational over.”We always have a plan in T20 cricket and sometimes it comes off and sometimes it does not. We know Chris Gayle is someone who goes very hard at the top and can take the game forward. It was important for us to take his wicket (early) and it was nice to get his wicket in the first over and nice to get another one as well,” Harbhajan Singh told the broadcasters after picking up his second man-of-the-match award this season.advertisement”Mayank is a very, very good youngster who has played for India just now and he has been scoring a lot of runs. It’s nice to go out there and perform for the team and I am happy,” he said.Harbhajan Singh said he was glad his plan against Chris Gayle worked because T20 was is kind of format where plans can go awry very quickly.”I was just looking to bowl a little slower to Chris Gayle. The first couple of balls, I tried to push them in the air but it didn’t spin but the third or fourth ball I tried to give it a rip and it spun. That’s when it got in my mind that if I had to bowl slower to him, I had to bowl slow and wide”This is T20 and it could have gone either way… I am glad I am here talking to you and got the man-of-the-match award,” he said.In the season opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23, Harbhajan Singh had dismissed Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers to trigger a collapse for the visitors at the Chepauk. RCB folded for 70 in 17.1 overs as CSK won by 7 wickets.Also Read | MS Dhoni after CSK upstage KXIP: Had to get Universe Boss Chris Gayle out earlyAlso Read | CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Umpire talks to MS Dhoni after Ambati Rayudu backs up too farAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow Chris GayleFollow MS Dhonilast_img