Chennai Super Kings spoil the party of Kings XI Punjab by defeating the hopes of a playoff in Indian Premier League.

Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab face off in Match No. 53 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in what would be the last league game for both sides. CSK have won the toss and elected to field. Three changes for CSK A fit Faf du Plessis is in for Shane Watson. While Mitchel Santner and Karn Sharma make way for Imran Tahir and Shardul Thakur.

KL Rahul  and Mayank Agarwal give KXIP a solid start. Mayank scores a quick 26 off just 15 balls before Ngidi shatters his stumps. Rahul follows soon after, dismissed by Ngidi, again, for 29. Shardul Thakur gets rewards for four quiet overs after the Powerplay as Nicholas Pooran 2 runs off 6 deliveries inside-edges behind the ‘keeper Dhoni. Imran Tahir then traps Chris Gayle 12 runs off 19 deliveries lbw to put Chennai Super Kings on top. Mandeep Singh and Deepak Hooda hang around for a while but Jadeja bowls Mandeep 14 runs off 15 deliveries to put CSK on top yet again.

Lungi Ngidi shatters Mayank stumps (livesportcentre.com)
Lungi Ngidi shatters Mayank stumps (BCCI/IPL)

While Kings XI Punjab lost of quick wickets early in the phase Hooda’s 62* runs 30 deliveries comprised of 4 Sixes and 3 Fours A timely effort by Hooda lifts KXIP to a fighting 153

Hooda's 62* runs 30 deliveries comprised of 4 Sixes and 3 Fours A timely effort by Hooda lifts KXIP to a fighting 153(livesportcentre.com)
Hooda’s 62* runs 30 deliveries comprised of 4 Sixes and 3 Fours A timely effort by Hooda lifts KXIP to a fighting 153(BCCI/IPL)

Chasing 154, CSK had a great start with Faf du Plessis 48 runs off 34 deliveries and Ruturaj Gaikwad adding 82 in the first wickets partnership. It is third consecutive fifty for Ruturaj Gaikwad. Chennai Super Kings won by 9 wickets. Ruturaj Gaikwad 61* and Ambati Rayudu 30*. CSK move to No. 7 on the points table.

 Ruturaj Gaikwad 61* third consecutive fifty(livesportcentre.com)

Ruturaj Gaikwad 61* third consecutive fifty(BCCI/IPL)

Ruturaj Gaikwad | Player of the Match: I was scoring well in the domestic arena in every format, so I was feeling confident. Even for my club and state team, I had to be the anchor, make sure the team wins and stay till the end. One of my favourite – inside-out (shot). Not to be part of the squad which was practising, to miss a few games, it was difficult for me. But the management and every team mates ensured that I remained positive. It did help a lot.

KL Rahul | Losing captain: It is as simple as that. We didn’t bat really well. Big pressure game and we expected 180-190 on the board, unfortunately we couldn’t soak in the pressure and get a big total. Disappointed but that’s how IPL goes. We didn’t have results going our way in the first half. The team still felt we were playing good cricket. We were patchy at times with the bowling and the batting didn’t come together in the first half, we started doing well in the second half and really proud that we gave ourselves an opportunity to come into the top four. Unfortunate that today and yesterday’s game didn’t go our way but proud of the team. Hopefully come back stronger next year and forget this year. If you look back at it , we had a lot of games in our pocket but we couldn’t get over the line. We only have ourselves to blame. At the start of the tournament, that short run has come back to bite us very hard. We all make mistakes and we have made a few this season. We need to accept it, learn from it and come back stronger.

MS Dhoni | Winning captain: It was a difficult campaign for us. I don’t think we played to the full potential. If you are lagging too much, it becomes very difficult to push yourself and come up with performances. Very proud the way they played their cricket. It would have been very tough 6-7 games. You won’t want to be in a dressing room that is not really enjoying cricket. You want to keep coming up with different ideas but if the dressing room atmosphere is not happy, it becomes very tough. A lot depends on what the BCCI decides upon the auction. We need to slightly change our core group and look for the next ten years. At the start of the IPL, we made a team and it served well. There comes a time where you have to shift a bit, hand it over to the next generation. We’ll come back strong, that’s what we are known for. This has been a tough year. This is one of the seasons most of the teams played well.

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