Chennai Super Kings are back into IPL 2020 and back with a bang. They defeated Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets to storm back into IPL 2020 after three consecutive defeats. Speaking at the end of the game, MS Dhoni said they believed in the process and did the right things to come to winning ways.
Batting first, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul started like they usually do. But Rahul – apart from that one over where he hit one six and two fours – was really conservative. The Kings XI Punjab skipper shared two good partnerships with Mayank and Mandeep Singh, who is playing his first game.
Nicholas Pooran looked in serious touch, middling some lusty hits. But a brilliant 18th over from Shardul Thakur where he removed Pooran and Rahul changed the complexion of the match. Chennai pulled things back as Kings XI Punjab managed to only post 178 runs.
While many thought it was game on but Chennai Super Kings openers – Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson reduced it to a club game. Watson, after a few poor outings, stormed back to form while du Plessis continued his splendid run. Watson remained unbeaten on 83 while du Plessis contributed 87 runs as Chennai Super Kings surged over the rope with 14 balls to spare.
We believed in the process – MS Dhoni
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, MS Dhoni admitted that they believed in the process and did the right things. The Chennai skipper has stated that ke knew Shane Watson was only a game away from getting a big hit.
“Did the small things right. Believed in the process. Were looking for the kind of start today,” MS Dhoni said. “That’s where experience counts. It’s not about being more aggressive. Watson was looking good in the nets. But what you want is to replicate that. It was just a matter of time that he gets going.
Faf is like a sheet anchor for us. He can always confuse the bowlers with shots like the lap shot. They compliment each other well,” he added.
Furthermore, MS Dhoni complimented his bowlers for executing the plans, who has been a bit wayward so far in the competition. Chennai Super Kings are currently at the sixth spot with two wins from five matches.
“Felt the bowlers did a very good job. Felt we bowled according to what our plan was,” MS Dhoni signed off.