Top 5 Closest Encounter Between Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings in IPL

The Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings are among the major giants in the Indian Premier League. The sports team Punjab Kings, formerly knowns as Kings XI Punjab, is headquartered in Mohali, Punjab, and is owned by Preity Zinta. The squad made it to the IPL final once, in 2014, however in the 2020 season, they placed last in the standings. India Cements is the owner of Chennai Super Kings, which has its headquarters in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The squad is one of the most successful in history after winning the IPL four times, in 2010, 2011, and 2018, 2021 and making eight final appearances. Following are the top 5 close encounters between the two.

1. CSK vs PBKS, 2009:

The closest encounter between the two franchises came in the 2nd edition of the IPL. While batting first, Chennai set the target of mere 116 runs which was thought to be easily chased by the then-Kings XI but who knew that the match would last till the 20th over of the match. Punjab failed to chase the target and only posted 92 runs in all 20 overs at the loss of 8 wickets.

2. CSK vs PBKS, 2014:

In the 3rd match of the 2014 edition of the league, CSK’s batsmen set the target of 205 runs with openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum scoring the most runs on CSK’s behalf. However, the Glenn Maxwell tornado destroyed the bowling line-up of super kings and guided Punjab Kings to win, contributing crucial 95 runs.

3. CSK vs PBKS, 2018:

In the 12th match of the 2018 edition of IPL, Punjab Kings set the target of 197 runs with Chris Gayle amassing 63 highest individual runs while batting first. Chennai walked on the ground to chase the target however and almost reached there with the help of Dhonis’ 79 runs but succumbed to Punjab Kings in the end by the margin of mere 4 runs.

4. CSK vs PBKS, 2019:

In the 55th match of the 2019 edition of the league, CSK set a defendable target of 170 runs against the Punjab Kings with Faf Du Plessis thrashing Punjab bowlers and scoring 96 runs. The match looked one-sided but when Punjab’s KL Rahul set on, he opened the doors to victory for Punjab and scored the most crucial 71 runs.

5. CSK vs PBKS, 2022

In the 38th match of the 15th edition of the cash-rich league, Punjab batted first and gave CSK a defendable target of 187 runs which was thought to be chased by CSK. However, despite playing all 20 overs of the match, CSK lost the match to PBKS by mere 11 runs.