Both teams have seen exceptionally well individual performances with in the form of Dwayne Bravo and Sam Billings for CSK.
Andrew Tye kicked things off with the early wicket of M Vijay. Billings was out leg before after review and CSK were reduced to 57/3 in 6.4 overs. A direct hit from the KXIP captain removed the well-set Ambati Rayudu for 49, but Dhoni's famous composure allowed CSK to claw their way back.
Mandeep Singh (47 not out off 25 balls) and Washington Sundar (35) narrowed the margin of defeat with a 56-run, sixth-wicket stand, but Rajasthan always looked in control to record their second victory in the tournament. When Jadeja became Tye's second victim in the penultimate over, the visitors needed 35 off 10 balls. Battling a sore back for which he received on field treatment twice, Dhoni anchored the chase brilliantly by taking it deep and going for the jugular in the last overs.
It defies logic that no franchise showed faith in the Jamaican blaster during the IPL11 auction and he was unsold in two rounds before Punjab picked him up for his base price of Rs 2 crore. Gayle didn't play the matches against Delhi and Bangalore, but made a strong statement by notching 63 runs off 33 balls, which included seven boundaries and four sixes.
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The other contributions came from the in-form K L Rahul (37 off 22), Mayank Agarwal (30 off 19) and Karun Nair (29 off 17).
Gayle along with KL Rahul struck a 96-run opening wicket partnership with aggression in eight overs. Although stats do not look sharp for the home team as out of the 4 matches between the two in Mohali, CSK has won 3. After adding a few more runs, Gayle also departed, courtesy pacer Shane Watson, in the 12th over.
His knock was studded with four sixes and seven boundaries. Aaron Finch, after his return, perished to Imran Tahir and recorded his second golden-duck on the trot.
Yuvraj Singh (20 off 13), who struggled in the first two games, seemed to get into his groove before Thakur had him caught behind off a short ball. KXIP slowed down in the last five overs but eventually reached an imposing total.