-CSK Beat KXIP by 10 wickets.
-Punjab scored 178 for the loss of four wickets while batting first.
-Chennai achieved the target in 17.4 overs without losing wickets.
-Faf du Plessis scored 87 and Shane Watson scored 83.
CSK Beat KXIP by a massive win of 10 wickets in the 13th IPL match played at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Punjab scored 178 runs at the loss of four wickets while batting first. Chennai achieved the target in just 17.4 overs without losing wickets. The victory took Chennai Super Kings to 7th position on the points table.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made a tremendous comeback on the victory by taking 10 wickets against Punjab. Australian all-rounder Shane Watson (53 ball, 11 fours, 3 sixes, unbeaten 83 runs) and South Africa’s Faf du Plessis (53 ball, 11 fours, one six and unbeaten 87 runs) were both chasing 179 runs and chennai (181/0) did not take any blow. In front of these two batsmen, Punjab bowlers looked completely helpless and could not take any wickets.
Faf du Plessis and Watson’s stormy start:
Done and dusted, Chasing a target of 179 runs Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis were limping the game and then it’s all history. Both of them gave the team a stormy start and scored an average of 10 in the powerplay.
Watson and du Plessis’ fifty:
The stormy batting of the two was such that the Bowlers of Punjab were not able to understand where the last ball should be to check the run speed. In the meantime, poor fielding also created a headache for Captain KL Rahul. Shane Watson completed his half century by hitting 4 fours in 31 balls, and in the 11th over Faf du Plessis also crossed the figure in 32 balls.
On the third ball of the 18th over, Faf du Plessis made the team win very easily with a four.
The thrill of Punjab’s innings:
Earlier, Kings XI Punjab set a target of 179 runs in front of Chennai Super Kings on the semi-directional innings of Captain Lokesh Rahul (63) and the combined performance of the remaining batsmen. Punjab won the toss and chose to bat first, all its batsmen made a good contribution and took the team to a score of 178 runs at the loss of four wickets in 20 overs. In the end overs, Chennai made a comeback and prevented Punjab from going closer to 200.
Mayank was bowled out by making 26 runs:
Punjab’s start was definitely slow, but later Rahul and Nicholas Puran batted in their style and made big shots. Rahul lost his wicket at 61 runs on the first ball of the ninth over. Mayank made 26 runs with 3 fours on 19 balls. Mandeep Singh, playing his first match this season, also made a good contribution and scored 27 runs with 2 fours on 16 balls.
Puran speeds up the running score:
Rahul and Nicholas Puran then took the responsibility of reaching Punjab to a strong score. Puran scored 33 on 17 balls. His innings included 3 sixes. On the next ball after Puran’s visit, Shardul Thakur bowled out Rahul with a catch by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This was Dhoni’s 100 catch as wicketkeeper in IPL. Rahul took 52 balls in his innings and hit a six in addition to 7 fours.
Wicketkeeper (IPL) who took the most catches
Dinesh Karthik – 103 Catches
MS Dhoni – 100 catches
Parthiv Patel – 66 catches
Naman Ojha – 65 catches
Robin Uthappa – 58 catches
48 runs scored in the last 5 overs:
From here, Punjab’s score was 10-15 runs short. Sarfaraz Khan 14 and Glaon McSwell were unbeaten on 11 runs. Punjab scored 48 runs in the last five overs. For Chennai, Thakur took two wickets. Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla also took one wicket each.