Indian Premier League, 2020

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings - Match 18

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 04 October 2020

Chennai Super Kings 181/0

RR: 10.24 | Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shane Watson not out not out 8353113
Faf du Plessis not out not out 8753111
Ambati Rayudu
Kedar Jadhav
MS Dhoni
Ravindra Jadeja
Sam Curran
Dwayne Bravo
Deepak Chahar
Shardul Thakur
Piyush Chawla
Extras 11 (b 0, lb 0, w 11, nb 0)
Total 181 (0 Wkts, 17.4 Ov)
BowlingO M R WEcon
Sheldon Cottrell3 0 30 0 10.00
Mohammed Shami3.4 0 35 0 10.29
Harpreet Brar4 0 41 0 10.25
Chris Jordan3 0 42 0 14.00
Ravi Bishnoi4 0 33 0 8.25

That's all from this game! Chennai have cruised past Punjab. They are back and how. Punjab have put on a sorry show and need to come back better in their upcoming games. On Monday, 5th October, 2020, we have Bangalore going up against Delhi in Dubai. The action will begin at 1800 local (1400 GMT). Join us for that. Until then, cheers and take care. 

Shane Watson, the MAN OF THE MATCH, says that it feels good to play like the way he did after some quiet games. States that he opened his front leg more in this game and it worked. Adds that he and Faf compliment each other well and he loves batting with him. Watto says that the team management believe in their players and there are no panic stations. 

MS Dhoni, the Chennai skipper, says that he feels better. Adds that they did the small things right and they were looking for this kind of batting performance. States that Watson was hitting really well in the nets and the tough part is to replicate it in the match. Says that Faf is a sheet anchor for them and he confuses the bowlers with his ramp shots. Goes onto say that consistency in selection is what they bank on and Fleming has to be credited for it. Adds that looking at the first 3-4 games, they looked to restrict their opposition and he feels that the bowlers did a very good job and they bowled according to the plan. Says that the momentum was missing in their batting and that is what they got and it was great to watch Faf and Watson bat.

Faf du Plessis is there for a chat. He says that it is a lot cooler in the bubble than it is on the ground. Adds that he wanted to try to stay till the end. Says that it is good to see Watson back in form. States that in the previous game, they bowled well but batted poorly and they are trying to make sure that their batters get some runs under their belt. Hopes that the players can find their best form in their upcoming games. Credits MS Dhoni and Fleming for sticking with their players who are not in form and they play as a team who will play if they reach the final. Adds that the captain is cool and calm. 

KL Rahul, the Punjab skipper, says that it is hard to be on the losing side for so many games in a row and they will try to come back better in the upcoming games. Adds that when they started batting, the wicket stopped a bit when the spinners came in. States that if they don't get wickets, they know they would be in trouble. Says that he wanted to get a couple of wickets at the start but when they don't get it, it becomes hard after the Powerplay. Adds that all he can expect from his players is that they can keep their chins up and come back harder. 

Earlier in the day, Punjab started with the bat. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal were again in fine touch starting with a bang. Agarwal fell before the first Drinks break. Mandeep Singh and Pooran played in small bursts and their small cameos were very helpful in Punjab reaching close to the 180-run mark. They will be disappointed as it looked like they would cross the 200-run mark but they ended up with 20 runs or odd short in the end. The bowling by Chennai was very hot and cold as they started well but lost their way in the middle overs. They did well to bounce back towards the end of the innings as they bowled well in the death overs and restricted Punjab to a score below what it looked like they would score. 

There is not much to talk about with regards to the bowling by Punjab. All of their bowlers were very poor tonight as nothing seemed to click for them on the night. Their problem so far has been their death bowling. Also, their bowling throughout this innings has been a let down as this is something that KL Rahul and the coaching staff of Punjab will have to ponder about. None of their bowlers bowled well and they gave some easy runs. Their fielding was poor as well and let Chennai off the hook. Overall, it was a really poor performance from Punjab. Only Ravi Bishnoi bowled decently while others were taken to the cleaners by the du Plessis and Watson partnership. 

Annihilation! Dominance! Call it what you want, it was a battering that Chennai gave Punjab. They have cruised to victory courtesy of their openers, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis who have stitched an unbeaten 181-run stand amongst them and have closed the game with some ease for Chennai. They never stopped pressing and breathing down on the bowlers of Punjab and they kept playing their strokes throughout the course of their batting. Chennai have had issues with their opening in the starting couple of games of the season, but it seems like they have put them to rest as this was a comprehensive batting performance from Watson and Faf du Plessis. The entire camp of the Chennai team will be all smiles all throughout the night after a difficult start to this year's tournament. MS Dhoni will be a very happy captain. 

17.4
4
Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, FOUR! That's the end of the game! They have absolutely steamrolled the chase! Low full toss outside off, du Plessis creams the drive through the covers for a boundary. CHENNAI WIN BY 10 WICKETS.
17.3
6
Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, SIX! A one-handed six from Faf du Plessis! Full ball outside off, du Plessis smashes it over the deep cover region for a biggie. Just 2 needed.
17.2
2
Mohammed Shami to Faf du Plessis, Short ball on middle, Faf pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
17.1
1
Mohammed Shami to Shane Watson, EDGY! Full ball on off, Watson looks to go big over the off side but gets an edge towards deep cover. A single taken.

Shami is back on. 

16.6
2
Chris Jordan to Faf du Plessis, Well done, Sheldon Cottrell! Fullish ball outside off, du Plessis thrashes it to deep point. Cottrell runs across and dives to make a terrific stop. Two taken. Just 11 needed.
16.5
4
Chris Jordan to Faf du Plessis, FOUR! The day gets worse for Jordan! Very full ball outside off, Faf looks to drive but it takes the outside edge and goes towards the third man region for a boundary. 
16.4
4
Chris Jordan to Faf du Plessis, FOUR! Full toss and it has been punished! This has been an annihilation! Full toss outside off, du Plessis slashes it over point for a boundary. This is the highest partnership for Chennai in the Indian T20 League.
16.3
1
Chris Jordan to Shane Watson, Very full ball outside off, Watson punches it to deep cover for another single.
16.2
1
Chris Jordan to Faf du Plessis, Low full toss, driven to long on for a single.
16.1
0
Chris Jordan to Faf du Plessis, Yorker on off, du Plessis pushes it to cover.

Chris Jordan is back into the attack. His figures so far are 2-0-30-0.

15.6
4
Ravi Bishnoi to Shane Watson, FOUR! Poor end to the over! That was hit of the screws! Loopy ball outside off, Watson creams it through the cover region for a boundary.
15.5
1
Ravi Bishnoi to Faf du Plessis, Short and outside off, cut through cover-point for a single.
15.4
0
Ravi Bishnoi to Faf du Plessis, Flatter on off, du Plessis pushes it back to the bowler.
15.3
1
Ravi Bishnoi to Shane Watson, Short ball on middle, Watson flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
15.2
0
Ravi Bishnoi to Shane Watson, Flatter ball outside off, Watson punches it to cover.
15.1
0
Ravi Bishnoi to Shane Watson, BEATEN! Flighted ball outside off, Watson looks to drive but misses.

Ravi Bishnoi is back on. 

14.6
1
Harpreet Brar to Shane Watson, 150-RUN OPENING STAND! Flatter around middle, Watson works this down towards long on for a single to end the over. 
14.5
6
Harpreet Brar to Shane Watson, SIX! What a massive shot! Watson just seems to time everything from the middle of the bat tonight. Flighted ball around off, Watson gets on his knees and slogs this over the long on region for a huge six. Chennai are closing in on a huge victory! 
14.5
0
Harpreet Brar to Shane Watson, WIDE! That did not look like a wide but the umpire thinks so. He bowled this floated ball outside off, Watson looks to cut but misses. Wide given.
14.4
0
Harpreet Brar to Shane Watson, Loopy ball way outside off, Watson leaves it alone thinking it was a wide but it is not given. 
14.3
1
Harpreet Brar to Faf du Plessis, Outside off, du Plessis pushes this to the cover region to collect a single.
14.2
4
Harpreet Brar to Faf du Plessis, FOUR! Not the delivery you want to bowl to du Plessis! He smashes this one! Flatter around middle, du Plessis pulls this one hard towards the mid-wicket fence and will collect four runs for Chennai.
14.1
2
Harpreet Brar to Faf du Plessis, Flatter ball outside off, du Plessis cuts this in the gap between short third man and point and will collect a couple before the fielders clean up in the deep.

DRINKS! Chennai are doing it easily at the moment! Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis have made merry and need just 44 more in 6 overs. Should be easy-peasy for them. Punjab, on the other hand, need something special. They need quick wickets if they want to have any chance of winning this game. Can they make a match out of this?

13.6
1
Sheldon Cottrell to Faf du Plessis, Back of a length ball around the off stump channel, du Plessis slashes this through towards deep point for a single to retain the strike for the next over. Chennai need 44 runs in 36 balls. 
13.6
0
Sheldon Cottrell to Faf du Plessis, WIDE! Cottrell seems to be under pressure! He bowls a full toss way outside the off stump, du Plessis leaves this one alone. Wided.
13.5
1
Sheldon Cottrell to Shane Watson, Short of a good length ball around off and middle, Watson pulls this one towards the deep mid-wicket region for a single. 
13.5
0
Sheldon Cottrell to Shane Watson, WIDE! Cottrell bowls a short ball around middle and leg, Watson looks to pull this but misses. The umpire signals this as a wide.
13.4
6
Sheldon Cottrell to Shane Watson, SIX! Extraordinary! What a powerful shot! Back of a length ball around off and middle, Watson clears his foot and hammers this over the long on region for a six. 
13.3
0
Sheldon Cottrell to Shane Watson, Bangs in another short ball around middle, Watson looks to pull this away but does not connect bat with ball. 
13.2
1
Sheldon Cottrell to Faf du Plessis, In the air but...safe! Cottrell bangs this short and around off and middle, du Plessis looks to pull this but it takes a top edge and goes towards Shami at short fine leg but it drops short and the batters run across for the single.
13.1
1
Sheldon Cottrell to Shane Watson, On a good length around middle, Watson works this towards the mid-wicket region for a single run.

Sheldon Cottrell is back on. 2-0-18-0 are his figures so far.

12.6
0
Harpreet Brar to Faf du Plessis, Floated outside off, du Plessis looks to cut this one but connects his bat with only thin air. 
12.5
1
Harpreet Brar to Shane Watson, Short ball on middle, Watson pulls this hard down the ground towards the man at long on. One.
12.4
0
Harpreet Brar to Shane Watson, Loopy ball around off, Watson punches this but this is straight to the fielder at covers.
12.3
1
Harpreet Brar to Faf du Plessis, Flatter around middle. du Plessis pulls this one hard towards the deep mid-wicket region and the batters will exchange ends before the fielder cuts it off.
12.2
2
Harpreet Brar to Faf du Plessis, Good footwork by du Plessis! Loopy ball around off, du Plessis dances down the track and lofts this over the cover region and the batters will fetch two runs before the fielder cleans up in the deep.
12.1
0
Harpreet Brar to Faf du Plessis, Floated around off, du Plessis plays this slightly uppish towards the cover region but it drops safe.

He is panting. He is coughing. Is he okay? The whole nation is asking these questions as it is not used to see MS Dhoni panting like this. What was witnessed in the Chennai-Hyderabad clash was a tired, perhaps ill, MS Dhoni and raising questions over his fitness and form. A win to start the tournament for Chennai, only to be followed by a hat-trick of losses. What is ailing them? Plenty of reasons. Top order or rather, batting, not firing. Bowlers not doing well either - seamers or spinners. So in short, a plethora of issues for MSD and his team and he really cannot search for answers within his squad because it is an issue of the entire unit. Perhaps, he could look to move Ambati Rayudu up the order to open with Faf du Plessis and get in Imran Tahir in place of the struggling Shane Watson. But how will he cover up for the other issues? Now, a look at Punjab. They are 7th but a win here and they will skyrocket to third. Three losses in 4 games - yet, Punjab will feel they are in good shape. How? Because they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Delhi, did really well with the bat against Rajasthan, thrashed Bangalore before finding Mumbai a bit too good. Their middle order is a concern while the bowling has done decently barring the last match. Against a side which is struggling to find any sort of consistency, Punjab will back themselves to get back to winning ways.

Kings XI Punjab Team Squad -Chris Gayle,Deepak Hooda,Karun Nair,Mayank Agarwal,Sarfaraz Khan,Glenn Maxwell,James Neesham,Krishnappa Gowtham,Mandeep Singh,Tajinder Singh,KL Rahul,Nicholas Pooran,Prabhsimran Singh,Arshdeep Singh,Chris Jordan,Darshan Nalkande,Hardus Viljoen,Harpreet Brar,Ishan Porel,Jagadeesha Suchith,Mohammed Shami,Mujeeb Ur Rahman,Murugan Ashwin,Ravi Bishnoi,Sheldon Cottrell

Chennai Super Kings Team Squad -Ambati Rayudu,Faf du Plessis,Murali Vijay,Ruturaj Gaikwad,Shane Watson,Dwayne Bravo,Kedar Jadhav,Mitchell Santner,Ravindra Jadeja,Sam Curran,MS Dhoni,Narayan Jagadeesan,Deepak Chahar,Imran Tahir,Josh Hazlewood,Karn Sharma,KM Asif,Lungi Ngidi,Monu Kumar,Piyush Chawla,Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore,Shardul Thakur