CSK vs KXIP
Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis stitched an unbeatable 181 runs-stand to hammered down Kings XI Punjab to a 10 Wickets defeat to bring back smile to CSK fans in Match 18 of the Dream11 IPL 2020.
KXIP posted 178-4 on the back of a 63 run knock by KL Rahul. Watson(83 off 53) and Du Plessis (87 off 53) made a mockery of Punjab bowling to hand CSK its first victory after 3 consecutive defeats.
With this win, CSK also broked the jink and became the first team to win chasing at Dubai in IPL 2020. KL Rahul elected to bat first after winning the toss. They made 3 changes to their lineup. They brought Chris Jordan, Mandeep Singh and Harpreet Brar in place of James Neesham, K.Gowtham and K.Nair whereas CSK went with the same XI.
Punjab had a good start with Aggarwal giving them the perfect start with Rahul playing the anchor role. The duo stitched a 61 runs partnership before Aggarwal fell to Chawla on 26. Mandeep Singh making his comeback hit a two brilliant six into the stands off Chawla before being departed by Jadeja.
Pooran played a cameo of 33 of 17 deliveries before Shardul Thakur removed him and Rahul in successive deliveries to halt Punjab acceleration. It was these 2 crucial Wickets in the 18th over which restricted Punjab to 178.
This time CSK had a perfect start to their innings, one which MS Dhoni usually points out in hai post-match interview. Watson who was looking out of touch in his earlier matches gave himself time before smashing Punjab bowlers all over the ground. The duo were scoring almost at a run rate of 10 runs per over. There were some poor fielding also to add to the woes of Punjab.
Watson scored 83 runs knock off 53 deliveries which included 11 fours and 3 sixes in the stand in which one six went for 101m. Du Plessis made 87 runs in as many balls with the help of 11 fours and 1 six to take home CSK by 10 wickets.
With this win, CSK will gain huge confidence going into their next match. Their bowling was average but they will look after areas where they can improve. With this loss, KXIP has moved to the bottom of the table as they have lost 4 matches in the 5 matched they have played so far.