Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis both scored unbeaten half-centuries as Chennai Super Kings managed to beat Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets to get back in the winning zone in the IPL on Sunday.
CSK savored a genuinely necessary victory after three straight losses in this year’s IPL, chasing a 179-run target with no sweat. Watson (83 not out) and Du Plessis (87 not out) guaranteed that there was no nearby completion this time, lessening the match to a ‘no-challenge’ with their legitimate batting.
Shane Watson punished the KXIP bowlers with the help of 11 fours and three top-class sixes. He took 53 balls in his knock of 83. The in-form Du Plessis on the other hit 11 top-class fours and a brilliant six from 53 balls he faced to stay not-out.
Aside from Mohammed Shami, KXIP didn’t experience a bowler who could provide any difficulty to the resistance batsmen and CSK exploited it without limit. CSK moved to the 6th spot from the base with this certainty boosting win.
Captain KL Rahul had hit a very much paced 63 to lead Kings XI Punjab to a serious 178 for four after choosing for bat however without great bowlers, it was a cumbersome errand to stop the accomplished CSK unit. Rahul scored a brilliant 63 runs which came off 52 balls. He hit seven fours and a brilliant six to reach his fifty. Rahul shared a 61-run opening partnership with opener Mayank Agarwal (26) and afterward raised a 58-run partnership with Nicholas Pooran (33 off 17).
KXIP were looking very good to have a solid finish to their innings but both Pooran and Rahul got out in successive balls by bowler Shardul Thakur in the 18th over.
Shane Watson brought back his form with a solid half-century
Watson raised his fifty run mark with boundaries in quick successions off Chris Jordan while Du Plessis raised his bat with a one run. With nothing working for KXIP, Watson and Du Plessis just turned out to be more predominant as the game advanced.
Prior, Rahul and Agarwal were careful. No hurled shot was there till the last over of the Powerplay with the two batsmen liking to drive along the ground. It was additionally on the grounds that Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran scarcely pitched it short.
CSK commander MS Dhoni brought spin in the seventh over with Ravindra Jadeja, who made an opportunity as well yet Agarwal’s hit missed the mark concerning a jumping Du Plessis.
Mandeep Singh, playing his first match of the season, joined his captain and had an effect right away. He creamed off two sixes off Chawla in the eleventh over to begin the firecrackers.
Rahul, who had embraced a risk-free approach till at that point, brought his half-century with a six off Thakur and followed that up with a four. Nicholas Pooran also searched for boundaries as KXIP started the quickening.
The hard-hitting West Indian star hit 3 consecutive sixes in his cameo of 33-runs, which came to an end while he was trying for another big six. He included 58 runs with Rahul, who was out next ball, caught behind. It was Dhoni’s 100th catch in IPL.