Chennai Super Kings have finally hade a remarkable comeback victory in their 2nd victory of IPL 2020 campaign against Kings XI Punjab with an astounding 10-wicket chase victory thanks to the destructive performance from the CSK opening duo Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson at the Dubai International Stadium.
The KXIP skipper KL Rahul had elected to bat first after winning the toss and started off the 1st innings with a superb 63 runs from 52 balls, including seven fours and one six.
There were some quick hits from Rahul’s opening partner Mayank Agarwal (26), followed by Mandeep Singh (27). A blistering 33-off-17 was seen from Nicholas Pooran, who smashed three over boundaries and a four. Their final score was 178 for 4 wickets.
Shardul Thakur shined in the CSK bowling dept, who picked the wickets of the KXIP captain as well as Pooran, however, was a bit costly with a 9.75 economy rate. Deepak Chahar only gave away 17 runs in 3 overs he bowled, while Jadeja and Chawla both picked one scalp each.
A triumphant performance from the CSK opening duo takes the victory
With a target of 179 to chase down, CSK were desperate to secure a victory to be back in the league table battle and the effort from their opening duo became fruitful, as the Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson partnership saw the three-time champions comfortably reaching the target by the 18th over, without losing a single wicket.
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Du Plessis, who has been in stellar form this season, powered to a mountainous 87 runs from 53 balls, which includes 11 fours and one six. His partner Watson, the player of the match, went shoulder to shoulder with a 53-ball-83 and also rained 11 boundaries and three sixes, as CSK reached a score of 181 with 14 balls left.
Except for Ravi Bishnoi and Mohammed Shami, all of the KXIP bowlers failed to maintain a below-10 economy rate.
While KXIP drops down to the bottom of the table, CSK have moved up to the 6th place with 4 points. They will take on Kolkata Knight Riders next on 7th October at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
KXIP 178-4 (20 overs) (KL Rahul 63; Shardul Thakur 2-39)
CSK 181-0 (20 overs) (Faf du Plessis 87; Sheldon Cottrell 0-30)