Ruturaj Gaikwad (62 not out off 49 balls) scored his third fifty in a row as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets, to knock them out of the match. Gaikwad’s opening accomplice Faf du Plessis additionally made an helpful contribution, scoring 48 off simply 34 balls. MS Dhoni‘s aspect ended their season on a excessive successful their final three video games. CSK, who had nothing to lose, performed fearless cricket and outclassed KXIP in all three departments. They finished the season at 12 points, due to a hat-trick of wins. After their bowlers had restricted KXIP to a below-par whole, CSK’s opening duo of du Plessis and Gaikwad gave them a strong begin including 57 runs within the Powerplay with none loss, as Punjab bowlers struggled for wickets.
KL Rahul, who had strengthened his batting stepping into to this sport, tried totally different bowling adjustments however to no avail. The one success they acquired got here within the tenth over of the innings when du Plessis tried to scoop a Chris Jordan supply however handed a easy catch to KL Rahul, lacking his fifty by two runs.
Gaikwad reached his third successive fifty of the season off simply 38 balls by hitting a Ravi Bishnoi supply inside out over extra-cover for a boundary. Ambati Rayudu additionally performed a helpful knock of 30 runs as CSK cruised to a simple win with seven balls to spare.
Earlier, Deepak Hooda smashed 62 not out off 32 balls serving to KXIP publish 153/6 in 20 overs. With their IPL 2020 marketing campaign on the road, KXIP acquired off to a strong begin as KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal added 48 runs for the opening wicket. Agarwal, making a comeback after an damage, batted extra aggressively than his accomplice scoring 26 off 15 balls however could not keep it up for lengthy as he was clear bowled by Lungi Ngidi within the final over of the Powerplay.
Ngidi offered CSK with an enormous breakthrough as he cleaned up ‘Orange Cap’ holder KL Rahul with a slower supply within the ninth over. KXIP batters could not make most of the high-quality begin as they misplaced wickets at common intervals by the center section. Shardul Thakur acquired Nicholas Pooran caught behind stumps, whereas Chris Gayle noticed a uncommon failure this season as he was trapped leg earlier than by leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
By eradicating two of essentially the most harmful batsmen in KXIP’s batting line-up in fast succession, CSK bowlers took management of the sport and dried up the runs, pushing KL Rahul’s aspect on the backfoot.
Mandeep Singh (14) and Jimmy Neesham (2) additionally departed cheaply placing CSK within the driver’s seat. With issues not trying shiny for KXIP, Deepak Hooda in all probability performed his greatest IPL knock, powering them to whole.
Lungi Ngidi was the star with the ball for CSK as he picked up three wicket for 39 runs from his 4 overs, whereas Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja and Tahir shared three wickets amongst them.
The KL Rahul-led aspect, after a poor begin to the season which noticed them shedding six of their first seven video games, gained 5 matches on the trot to emerge as a high contender for playoff qualification however they could not carry their momentum of their final two matches and ended on similar factors as CSK.
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