CSK vs KXIP: In the 53rd match of the 13th season of IPL, Chennai Super Kings defeated Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets. With this defeat, Punjab was eliminated from the playoff race. Punjab has 12 points with 6 wins in 14 matches. At the same time, Chennai is already out of the tournament. They too have 12 points with 6 wins in 14 matches.
In the match played in Abu Dhabi, after losing the toss, Punjab came to bat and gave Chennai a target of 154 runs. In reply, Chennai won the match by scoring 154 runs at the loss of one wicket in 18.5 overs. Rituraj Gaikwad scored the highest consecutive unbeaten innings of 62 runs while putting his fifth consecutive fifty in the league. Faf du Plessis scored 48 and Ambati Rayudu scored 30 not out. At the same time, Chris Jordan of Punjab got the only wicket.
Chennai’s Brilliant Start
Chennai openers gave their team a good start. Du Plessis and Gaikwad played shots very well, giving the team to a stable start. Both made 82 runs for the first wicket and scored 57 in the power-play.
Hooda Led Punjab to 150+ Score
Deepak Hooda made his second fifty in the league, scoring the highest 62 runs off 30 deliveries. Apart from Hooda, no batsman was able to score big.
At the same time, Lungi Ngidi took 3 wickets for Chennai. Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja got 1-1 wickets.
Rahul-Mayank Gave a Good to KXIP
Punjab captain Lokesh Rahul gave a good start to the team with Mayank Agarwal. Both played good shots and also shared a 48-run opening partnership off 32 balls. This partnership was broken by Lungi Ngidi. He bowled Mayank to an individual score of 26 runs.
Gayle-Pooran Failed in Crucial Match
After a good start, Punjab’s innings faltered. Lokesh Rahul was dismissed for 29 runs off 27 balls, Nicholas Pooran 2 runs off 6 balls and Chris Gayle scored 12 runs off 19 balls. Punjab lost the wickets of these 3 players at a difference of just 10 runs.
Dhoni Clears Speculation
Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni put a stop to the speculation of his retirement from IPL on Sunday. During the toss against Punjab, Danny Morrison asked him if this is your last match in the yellow jersey in the IPL. To this Dhoni immediately replied that “No, Definitely Not”.
Man of The Match
Ruturaj Gaikwad is adjudged the Man of the Match for his match-winning knock of 62 off 49 deliveries with the help of 6 fours and 1 sixes at a strike rate of 126.53.
Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Performance
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) & Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Playing 11
Chennai Super Kings
KL Rahul (C/WK), M Agarwal, C Gayle, M Singh, N Pooran, D Hooda, J Neesham, C Jordan, M Ashwin, R Bishnoi, M Shami
Kings Xi Punjab
F du Plessis, R Gaikwad, A Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C/WK), N Jagadeesan, S Curran, R Jadeja, D Chahar, S Thakur, I Tahir, L Ngidi