Dubai: Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis conjured up commanding unbeaten half-centuries as Chennai Tremendous Kings demolished Kings XI Punjab by a complete 10 wickets to snap their string of losses within the IPL right here on Sunday.
CSK relished a much-needed victory after three defeats in a row, overhauling a 179-run goal with outstanding ease.
Watson (83 not out) and Du Plessis (87 not out) ensured that there was no shut end this time, lowering the match to a ‘no-contest’ with their authoritative batting.
The seasoned Australian punished the KXIP bowlers with 11 fours and three sixes in his 53-ball unbeaten knock whereas Du Plessis hit 11 fours and a six from 53 balls to additionally stay not out.
Besides Mohammed Shami, KXIP didn’t have a bowler who might bother the opposition batsmen and CSK exploited it to the fullest. CSK moved to sixth spot from backside with this confidence-boosting win.
Skipper KL Rahul had hit a well-paced 63 to steer Kings XI Punjab to a aggressive 178 for 4 after electing to bat however within the absence of fine bowlers it was an onerous activity to cease the skilled CSK brigade.
Rahul’s risk-free 63 got here off 52 balls with the assistance of seven fours and a six as he shared a 61-run stand with fellow opener Mayank Agarwal (26) after which raised a 58-run partnership with Nicholas Pooran (33 off 17).
KXIP regarded set for an even bigger complete however each Pooran and Rahul had been dismissed by pacer Shardul Thakur off successive balls within the 18th over.
CSK, like their rivals, additionally bought to a strong begin with openers—Du Plessis and Watson—creaming off 60 runs within the Powerplay overs.
They didn’t precisely set the sector on hearth however an efficient strokeplay helped them start the chase in proper earnest.
The Australian-Protea duo blended warning with aggression, selecting the correct deliveries to assault. They raised the group hundred within the 10th over.
Watson bought to his fifty with consecutive boundaries off Chris Jordan whereas Du Plessis raised his personal with a single off the identical bowler.
With Nothing working for KXIP, Watson and Du Plessis solely grew to become extra dominant as the sport progressed.
Earlier, Rahul and Agarwal had been cautious. No lofted shot was performed until the final over of the Powerplay with the 2 batsmen preferring to drive alongside the bottom. It was additionally as a result of Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran hardly pitched it brief.
Even when Agarwal and Rahul opened their arms it was to slap the balls outdoors the off stump, when there was sufficient room to try this.
CSK captain MS Dhoni launched spin within the seventh over with Ravindra Jadeja, who created an opportunity too however Agarwal’s hit fell simply in need of a diving Du Plessis.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla succeeded in getting the breakthrough when Agarwal pulled one straight to Curran. The openers added 61 runs in 8.1 overs.
Mandeep Singh, taking part in his first recreation of the season, joined his skipper and made an impression instantly. He creamed off two sixes off Chawla within the 11th over to begin the fireworks.
Jadeja quickly removed dangerous-looking Mandeep, who scored 27 off 16 balls.
Rahul, who had adopted a risk-free strategy until then, accomplished his half-century with a six off Thakur and adopted that up with a 4. Nicholas Pooran too regarded for boundaries as KXIP started the acceleration.
The West Indian hit three sixes in his brief 33-run knock, which ended whereas in search of one other huge shot off Thakur. He added 58 runs with Rahul, who was out subsequent ball, caught behind. It was Dhoni’s 100th catch in IPL.