Chennai Super Kings finally returned to winning ways with a comprehensive win over Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. The MS Dhoni-led side thrashed the KL Rahul-led side by ten wickets to end their three-game losing streak and register their second win of the competition in five games.
Batting first, KXIP finished its innings on 178 for 4. At 152 for 2 after 17 overs, they were looking set to score something around 200 but the 18th over bowled by Shardul Thakur changed the complexion. The pacer managed to remove the dangerous Nicholas Pooran and KL Rahul, two set batsmen, on consecutive deliveries in the 18th over while conceding just three runs. Rahul top-scored for his side, scoring 63.
But looking at the way Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis batted, it would not have mattered even if the target was above 200 as well. The CSK openers scored unbeaten fifties while stitching up a 181-run partnership for the opening wicket to guide their team to win. The target of 179 runs was eventually chased down with 14 balls to spare. Watson scored 83* while du Plessis scored 87.
MS Dhoni gives tips:
After the game ended, a beautiful sight was witnessed. Keeping aside the rivalry, MS Dhoni was seen giving tips to his KXIP counterpart KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Both Rahul and Agarwal were all ears as one of the modern day greats gave them some valuable tips.
Here is the clip showing MS Dhoni giving tips to the duo:
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Meanwhile, KXIP are languishing at the bottom of the points table after managing just one win from their opening five games. The Punjab-based outfit will be looking to get back to winning way as soon as possible as they eye making it to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.