Chennai Super Kings finished their 2020 IPL campaign with a 9 wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab at Abu Dhabi on Sunday. It was a completely clinical performance from all the CSK players as they outplayed KXIP players in all the departments in their last game.
Playing the first game of the double header weekend, it was CSK’s last game while the game of fate for the KL Rahul led side.
During the toss, CSK skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bowl first at Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul opened the inning and gave a decent start to the inning before Lungi Ngidi bowled both of them in his first spell.
Ngidi was also the pick of the bowlers as he finished with 3/39 while Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur and Jadeja picked one wicket each.
KXIP’s middle order looked below ordinary except Deepak Hooda who came into bat at No. 6 and accumulated 62 runs off 30 balls.
He clobbered CSK bowlers for three boundaries and four sixes in his inning as he took his team’s score to a total of 153/6 in 20 overs.
Ruturaj Gaikwad finally finds form
Put a target of 154 runs in 20 overs, openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad started off on a high and compiled 82 runs as opening stand.
Gaikwad continued with his latterly found form and went on to score his third consecutive half-centuries in the tournament. He nurtured his inning of unbeaten 62 runs with six boundaries and one six and also shared partnership with du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu leading to the win.
As CSK won the game by 9 wickets, Gaikwad was also adjudged the player of the match for his unbeaten knock and stirred the fans in the last game.
For Kings XI Punjab, it was also their last chance to make into the playoffs after a despairing loss. They also finished after their last game against CSK.
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