M18 : CSK destroyed KXIP in 10 wickets win
Sunday IPL matches showed the fans what champion teams do. In the first match where Mumbai Indians showed how to restrict opposition under 200 at Sharjah. In the second match, 3 times champion Chennai Super Kings showed how champion teams comeback in pressure situations.
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and opted to bat first. In this IPL only KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran has done bulk of the scoring for them. Karun Nair and Glenn Maxwell were below expectations. So skipper Rahul dropped Karun Nair and brought in Mandeep Singh. In 2018, KL Rahul was the destructor. But in this season he wants to bat as an anchor. So the strike rate of the batsman remains low as compared to his career strike rate. Mayank and Rahul get together well again and gave Punjab steady start. Piyush Chawla removed Mayank 26(19) in 9th over of the innings.
KL Rahul didn't went after the bowling so other batsmen at the other end need to hit every ball for a boundary. Mandeep Singh 27(16) and Nicholas Pooran 33(17) did exceedingly well to hit occassional boundary and keep aiming towards 190-200 run mark. But Shardul Thakur's 2 wickets in 2 ball saw the game turn on its head. Nicholas Pooran and KL Rahul got out on consecutive balls. Just when his team needed Rahul to accelerate, he got out. Maxwell and Sarfaraz Khan did ok but well set batsman could do more damage. KXIP scored 178 for 4 in 20 overs.
Chennai batsmen need to do stellar job to chase this score down. So far in Dubai no team had won batting second. But Chennai Super Kings didn't require any other batsmen when their openers are out to do the job.
Shane Watson promised in yesteday that CSK will come out and give complete performance. That's what they did. He kept his words and remained unbeaten on 83. Faf du Plesis scored 87 runs. Both the batsmen played 53 balls and hit 11 fours. Watson is power hitter so hit 3 sixes as compared to 1 six from du Plesis. Chennai Super Kings chased the target with 14 balls to spare and won the match by 10 wickets. CSK became the first team to win the match while chasing in Dubai. Here are some twitter reactions of fans after Chennai win.