#IPL2019: CSK has enough smarts to comfortably beat KXIP

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Chennai Super Kings' Deepak Chahar, right, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Kings XI Punjab's David Miller during the VIVO IPL T20 cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab in Chennai, India, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/R.Parthibhan)

Chennai:  Opener K.L. Rahul (55 off 47) and Sarfaraz Khan’s (67 off 59) laborious efforts went in vain as Chennai Super Kings held their nerves to beat Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday.

Chennai Super Kings’ captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, interacts with teammates after their win in the VIVO IPL T20 cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai, India, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Chasing a modest 161-run target, the visitors received couple of early jolts before Rahul and Sarfaraz anchored the Punjab innings with a crucial 110-run stand for the second wicket. However, it was not enough to help them cross the line as Chennai registered their fourth win from five matches.

New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings’ Suresh Raina in action during the fifth IPL 2019 match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi on March 26, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Brief Scores: CSK 160/3 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 54, M.S. Dhoni 37*; R. Ashwin 3/23) beat Kings XI Punjab 138/5 in 20 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 67, K.L. Rahul 55; Harbhajan Singh 2/17, Scott Kuggeleijn 2/37) by 22 runs.