Chennai Super Kings have lastly left the blues of their IPL 2020 season behind with a marauding 10-wicket win over a hapless Kings XI Punjab who noticed CSK openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis hammer throughout the park on the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
The toothless bowling assault of the KXIP was uncovered on the night time with Watson (83 runs off 53balls ) and Faf (87 off 53) chasing down 179-run goal in merely 17.four overs. The firework from the duo up the order meant the nice work performed by KXIP skipper KL Rahul (63 off 52) within the first ininngs stood for nothing.
None of the skilled KXIP bowlers in Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell and Chris Jordan had solutions to the pyrotechnics of the CSK abroad duad as they scored boundaries at will whereas clobbering 22 boundaries and 4 sixes.
They additionally took down CSK’s highest wicket stand of 159 at any wicket (Murali Vijay & Mike Hussey for first wicket towards RCB in Chennai in 2011).
While each scored at kind of the identical price all through the match, it was Shane Watson who turned the aggressor within the closing phases with 10 fours and each the sixes.
Playing clever cricket, the duo began cautiously with floor strokemaking within the early phases as the primary 5 overs noticed 41 runs. However a heavy 19-run over of the final over of the powerplay noticed the spike within the run price.
They quickly stitched an unbeaten opening 100-plus stand as CSK dugout may odor victory already. Both the batsmen reached their fifties in course of with Watson to cross the milestone first with one six and two boundaries on the trot. Watson took 31 deliveries to hit his 20th IPL half-century.
Faf was subsequent to attain the mark off simply 33 deliveries within the 11th over.
Earlier within the first innings, extremely efficient demise over bowling from Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo on Sunday helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) limit Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to 178/four after the latter seemed set for a complete shut to or past the 200-run mark on the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
KXIP’s star openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal bought them off to an excellent begin and their partnership of 61 runs was solely damaged within the ninth over. Mandeep Singh performed a helpful cameo of 27 off 16 balls after which Nicholas Pooran put up a 58-run stand for the third wicket.
Shardul took two wickets in two balls within the 18th over to put the breaks on the innings. His first was that Pooran who was dismissed due to a pointy catch by Ravindra Jadeja within the deep after which he dismissed Rahul on 63.