CSK came close but fell 4 runs short of parrying over the line.
How did it get so close? . Dhoni, on 32 off 26 balls then, was in the middle of a severe struggle with his back spasms, and nobody really gave him a chance. "I am feeling like 25, the Universe Boss is back!" CSK have had an unbelievable start to their returning tournament with 2 consecutive wins.
Where did CSK lose the game? . The team won their season opener against the Delhi Daredevils, before suffering a defeat against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match.
Ashwin, Dhoni's former Chennai teammate, led Punjab from the front with bat, ball and on the field. Karun Nair and Yuvraj played a couple of cameos but Punjab could only muster 197 runs in their 20 overs.
Should KXIP have gotten more? . It all changed with Gayle's wicket in the twelfth over. Here is what Ravichandran Ashwin, the skipper of the Kings XI Punjab saidI felt there was a lot of dew, but overall the bowling went well.
Tahir dealt a double blow in innings' 16th over removing a set Agarwal and Aaron Finch, who was out for a first-ball duck for the second game in a row.
Dhoni, who received onfield treatment on his back, was patient until the 18th over with Chennai needing 55 runs.
What did Ashwin do different as a captain? CSK will now look to better their performance.
The CSK captain finished with six fours and five sixes. But the introduction of Andrew Tye in the fifth over paid immediate dividend for the hosts as the Australian pacer dismissed Vijay with his first ball.
Both teams have seen exceptionally well individual performances with in the form of Dwayne Bravo and Sam Billings for CSK. He did waft a few big hits towards the end but CSK, even with Bravo at the other end, were left with too much to do. Their batting lineup is strong with the players like Raina, Jadeja, du Plessis, Watson, Jadhav, and Rayudu.
Where next for the teams? Sunrisers Hyderabad is leading the table with three wins in three matches.