Chennai: Was it over-confidence or just plain bad thinking on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's part that he sent Wriddhiman Saha in to bat at number four? Saha scored just six from 14 balls, but more crucially, he threw the Chennai Super Kings chase completely off gear. So much so that Kings XI Punjab's rather sorry looking 156 for 8 suddenly looked imposing. And in the end, the defending champions fell short by seven runs.
Adam Gilchrist's injury had upset the balance of the Kings XI batting order, leading to Mandeep Singh opening with Nitin Saini in the past few matches. Against Chennai, Kings XI finally got it right by pushing Shaun Marsh to open with Mandeep, and that seemed to give Mandeep the confidence that he needed. (Also see: Match in pics)