English all-rounder Sam Curran managed to escape a major injury during Kings XI Punjab's encounter on Saturday. Curran, who was adjudged 'Man of the Match' for his match-winning hat-trick against Delhi Capitals earlier, almost had a bizarre moment during the match against Chennai.
The incident happened in the sixth over of the CSK innings during which Curran was bowling. He had bowled a short-off length delivery to Shane Watson in the fourth ball as Watson played a rash stroke towards Curran. The ball came towards Curran at a good pace and the English all-rounder was completely taken by surprise as he did not see the ball coming.
The KXIP all-rounder could not react instantly as a result of which he failed to catch the ball and the ball struck him right on his shoulders.
In the aftermath, the match had to be halted for some time.
Nonetheless, Curran had a lucky escape and a major injury was avoided. He was able to take part in the match later.
However, unlike Monday, he had a completely contrasting day against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday where he not only went wicket-less but was also a bit expensive. He gave away 35 runs in his four overs at an economy of 8.75.
Skipper MS Dhoni who was making his 150th IPL appearance for Chennai won the toss and elected to bat first. The 'Yellow Army' got off to a brisk start due to some explosive batting by Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson who put on 56 runs for the opening wicket. Faf who was playing his first game of the season scored a brilliant 38-ball 54 at a strike rate of 142.11. The man of the occasion 'Thalaiva' himself made his bat talk once again with his quickfire unbeaten 23-ball 37 and stitched in 60 runs with Ambati Rayadu to take CSK's score to a competitive 160/3.
It proved to be enough as Punjab fell 22 runs short as they could only manage 138/5 in their 20 overs riding on the half-centuries of KL Rahul (55) and youngster Sarfaraz Khan (67).