Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 10 wickets in the eighteenth match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to register their second win in the tournament on Sunday.
Unlike their previous games, CSK bounced back strongly and completely outplayed KXIP during their chase of 179 runs. The opening pair of Shane Watson (83) and Faf du Plessis (87) put together an unbeaten 181-run stand to take the game away from Punjab.
Watson smashed his maiden half-century in IPL 2020 while Du Plessis scored his third fifty in the ongoing thirteenth season of the lucrative league.
Highest opening partnerships for CSK:
- 181* – S Watson and F du Plessis v KXIP at Dubai in 2020
- 159 – M Hussey and M Vijay v RCB at Chennai in 2011
- 139* – M Hussey and M Vijay v KXIP at Mohali in 2013
- 134 – S Watson and A Rayudu v SRH at Pune in 2018
After three successive defeats, it was CSK’s second victory in IPL 2020.
Rahul drives KXIP to 178/4
Earlier, KXIP captain KL Rahul once again gave an exhibition of his stellar form this season. He stitched crucial partnerships with Mayank Agarwal (26), Mandeep Singh (27) and Nicholas Pooran (33), before being dismissed for a well-made 63 off 52 deliveries. KXIP posted 178/4 in their allotted 20 overs.
For CSK, Shardul Thakur picked up two wickets while Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla bagged one scalp each.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) October 4, 2020
Comprehensive win by @ChennaiIPL. @klrahul11 and @nicholas_47 played well to put a decent total on the board but the way @ShaneRWatson33 & @faf1307 batted, they’ve made this chase look rather easy. Well done #CSK.#KXIPvCSK #IPL2020
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 4, 2020
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) October 4, 2020
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 4, 2020
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) October 4, 2020
— Simon Doull (@Sdoull) October 4, 2020
— JP Duminy (@jpduminy21) October 4, 2020
Shane Watson and @ChennaiIPL's relationship is unlike no other. CSK trusts him with patience and he always rewards them for their trust and patience with such innings. Not to forget FAF, as consistent as ever #KXIPvCSK
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) October 4, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 4, 2020
Second 10 wickets win for #CSK. Their first one was also against KXIP in 2013.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 4, 2020
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 4, 2020
That’s a much better performance from @ChennaiIPL. Hopefully they can get on a bit of a winning run now and then peak at the right time
— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) October 4, 2020
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) October 4, 2020
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 4, 2020
Second 10-wicket win for CSK in IPL history. Their first 10-wicket win came against KXIP in 2013 at Mohali.
CSK batting coach Michael Hussey was the Player of the Match back then #CSKvKXIP #KXIPvsCSK @ChennaiIPL
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 4, 2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 4, 2020
The stand of 181* runs today between Watson and du Plessis..
– Highest for CSK in IPL for any wicket
– Highest v KXIP in IPL for any wicket
– Fourth highest opening stand in IPL#KXIPvCSK
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) October 4, 2020
Chasing such a big total & winning it by 10 wickets tell you everything about @ChennaiIPL tonight! I'm sure the #CSK fans will be super happy tonight. @ShaneRWatson33's knock will be a massive relief for them! #IPL2020 #CSKvsKXIP
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) October 4, 2020
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) October 4, 2020