Kushal Kumar Jha
IPL 2020, CSK vs KXIP: Ruturaj Gaikwad & Faf du Plessis help CSK beat KXIP by 9 wickets
In the 53rd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 9 wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad's undefeated 62 runs knock and Faf du Plessis' 48 runs knock helps CSK grab a massive victory against KXIP by 9 wickets. Aided by Deepak Hooda's undefeated knock of 62 runs off 30 balls, KXIP gave a decent target of 154 runs for the CSK to chase today. Lungi Ngidi shined with the ball for the CSK today with him grabbing 3 crucial wickets in his spell of 4 overs. Skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first. Kings XI Punjab had a decent start aided by skipper KL Rahul and opener Mayank Agarwal's sublime partnership. While the skipper played an innings of 29 runs off 27 balls, Aggarwal made quick 26 runs off 15 balls for the KXIP today. Last match's super striker Chris Gayle failed to shine today as he lost his wicket after making just 12 runs off 19 balls for the KXIP today. Nicholas Pooran also departed early after making 2 runs for the KXIP today. Mandeep Singh also took an early departure with him making 14 runs off 15 balls for the KXIP today. Deepak Hooda impressed everyone with his explosive yet undefeated knock of 62 runs off 30 balls allowing KXIP to set a decent target of 154 runs for the CSK to chase today. Lungi Ngidi remained successful in grabbing 3 crucial wickets for the CSK in his spell of 4 overs today. However, Ravindra Jadeja remained the most economical bowler in his spell of 4 overs while also taking a wicket for the CSK today. With today's loss against CSK, KXIP is in deep trouble as they remain at the 5th position in the points table of the 13th edition of IPL. Chennai Super Kings had a good start aided by openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis today. While Gaikwad took his time and played a brilliant innings of undefeated 62 runs off 49 balls, Plessis played an important knock of 48 runs off 34 balls for the CSK today. Ambati Rayudu joined Gaikwad after the fall of Plessis' wicket and made undefeated 30 runs off 30 balls for the CSK today, allowing CSK to grab an easy win against KXIP by 9 wickets in the 19th over itself. Chris Jordan remained the only bowler from the KXIP lot to take a wicket for the KXIP today.