M53 : Chennai exclude Punjab from the play-off race, KXIP battered by 9 wickets
In the 53rd match of the 13th season of IPL, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. He defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 9 wickets. With this, Punjab's team lost out of the play-off race after losing the 'do or die' match. Chennai first stopped Punjab at a score of 153/6 and then achieved the winning target (154 runs) by losing 1 wicket in 18.5 overs. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored his third consecutive half-century (62 not out). Chennai won their honor by winning their third consecutive match.
Chasing a target of 154 runs, the Chennai team gave an excellent start to the openers. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf Du plessis added 82 runs. Duplessis (48 runs) on the back of the wicket KL Rahul caught by Chris Jordan. After this Ruturaj (62 not out) and Ambati Rayudu (30 not out) led the team to victory.
Chennai Super Kings innings was like this
Man of the match Ruturaj Gaikwad scored an unbeaten 62 from 49 balls with the help of a six and 6 fours. Chasing the target, Faf Du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad played hard in the beginning overs. Gaikwad opened his hand in the third over with a six off Jordan. In the fourth over of the innings, Du Plessis was given a life by Hooda by dripping his hard catch off Jimmy Neesham. Du Plessis hit a six on the next ball. He welcomed Ravi Bishnoi in the sixth over with sixes and fours in the first two balls.
Chennai scored 57/0 in the power play
In the power play, Chennai scored 57 runs without any loss. Jordan ended Duplessis' innings of 48 runs in the 10th over by catching wicket-keeper Rahul. He hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in 34 balls. After this, Rayudu who came to bat also batted comfortably without taking any risk. He completed the team's century by taking a run on the third ball of the 13th over. Rahul dropped Rayudu's catch behind the wicket in the 15th over against this bowler.
In his next over, Gaikwad completed his half-century in 38 balls by putting a brilliant four over the cover of Bishnoi. This is his third consecutive half-century innings. Rayudu hit two fours in a 30-ball unbeaten innings.
Kings XI Punjab scored 153/6
Deepak Hooda's unbeaten 62-run aggressive innings helped Kings XI Punjab bat first and set a challenging score of 153 for 6 wickets in 20 overs. Hooda hit 3 fours and 4 sixes in an unbeaten innings of 30 balls. Lungi Nagidi took three wickets for 39 runs in 4 overs for Chennai, while Imran Tahir took 24 wickets in 4 overs and Ravindra Jadeja took one wicket for just 17 runs in 3 overs, Shardul Thakur spent 27 runs in 4 overs and took a wicket.