Match : 18
Teams : Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Vs Chennai Super Kings(CSK)
Venue : Dubai International Stadium , Dubai
Toss : Kings XI Punjab had won the toss and Opted themselves to Bat First
Team Update: For Kings XI Punjab, they came with three changes Jimmy Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair replaced by Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Harpreet Brar.For Chennai Super Kings , surprisingly they played with the same team .
In the First Innings, Kings XI Punjab opening partners started well , Both the set batsman Mayank & Rahul middled the ball without problem,as both of them were in peak form in this IPL 2020. Then , Piyush Chawla got the much needed breakthrough for CSK, Mayank got out after a decent start. On the other end , KL Rahul took time to settle in the crease by rotating the strike with singles. After 10 overs , KXIP scored 70 runs with a wicket. CSK restricted them well. MSD used his prime bowlers within 10 overs, shuffling his bowling option. Though they started their innings with a slower rate , they accelerated the innings on their second half KL Rahul and Pooran aggressive start made them increase their score rate. Then, KXIP 18th over completely turned the momentum towards CSK after shardool Thakur back to back wickets. But, KXIP were 20-30 runs short as they lost these wickets and scored 178 Runs with 4 wickets. They set the target of 179 .
In the Second Innings, there were a lot of talks against CSK opening combination & Watson poor form for the previous games. He replied to them with this fantastic comeback innings.CSK Started their innings with a lot of confidence by scoring every over with a run rate of 10 the failed to score . Both openers completely outplayed KXIP bowling attack, they never played loose shots and made a comfortable victory at the end by 10 wickets with more than 2 overs in hand. There is a famous saying the world “ Experience is the mother of Wisdom”, hence proved in today’s CSK game .MSDhoni Trusted his players and they paid him with this victory.Everyone trolled them for losing three games in a row , CSK replied them with a Massive Win against KXIP.
FAF & Watson Registered the highest opening Partnership (181)for CSK.
Also, this is the second highest opening partnership in 10 wicket wins in the IPL History.
Drawbacks of KXIP:
Though, the team openers are contenders for Orange Cap, they failed to get their bowling combination. If they had a plan of a 6th bowling option ,they might have a chance to get the breakthrough. Hope they will bring back the right combination after this loss .
Game Changer & Man of the match:
Shane Watson was awarded man of the match for his sensational innings of 83 from 53 balls which involved 11 fours and 3 sixes and it was the game changing moment for CSK.