What a comeback! What a side What an innings, Yes! Chennai Super Kings are back and they are back in style as they comprehensively beat the Kings XI Punjab side by 10 wickets chasing a score of 178. All thanks to a stellar knock by the openers Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis as they entered into a 181 run stand to guide Chennai Super Kings off to a win after losing three consecutive games this season.
It all started when the Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul won the toss and elected to bat first at Dubai where the record so far in this IPL has been that teams batting first have won all the matches this year. Kings XI Punjab got off to a good start like always as Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul had a decent powerplay.
Shane Watson And Faf Du Plessis’ 181 Run Onslaught
But as soon as the powerplay ended, Mayank Lost his wicket after which he was joined by Mandeep Singh at 3 who was playing his first game of the season. There were small but valuable contributions coming in from Glenn Maxwell and Mandeep Singh before Nicholas Pooran led the charge with his attacking display to take Kings XI Punjab to a total of 178.
Obviously, Kings XI Punjab players would’ve thought they have got enough on the board to topple the Chennai Super Kings batsmen. But little did they know that an onslaught was coming their way as Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis chased down the mammoth target without the help of any other batsmen in the Chennai Super Kings line up. That’s how easy the chase looked like for the two players from South Africa and Australia.
Me And Faf Du Plessis Complement Each Other Well: Shane Watson
The man of the match of today’s game was Shane Watson for his fantastic knock of 83 runs off 53 deliveries. At the post-match presentation, Watson said that he felt slightly off when the season began but he’s come out strong in-game as he batting with little more intent today.
“Nice to bat like that tonight. Felt something slightly off earlier in the tournament, technical thing. Bit more intent on the front leg, getting my weight through the ball. We complement each other well,” Shane Watson said.
The former Australia all-rounder further went on to talk about batting with Faf Du Plessis, how he’s a great guy with so much experience and is definitely looking to more good things with his batting partner in this season.
“He’s a great guy, love batting with him. With so much experience and success the franchise’s had, they believe in the players. Never any panic stations with CSK. Just had to do a few things better,” Shane Watson added.