One of the most successful teams in IPL, Chennai Super Kings are going through a torrid time these days. They have struggled in IPL 2020, but things were different this time. They thumped the Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets, as they finally announced their arrival, after the opening day win over the Mumbai Indians.
They displayed complete dominance while chasing the target of 179 runs. Openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis stitched an unbeaten partnership of 181 to steamroll opponent team. In 10-wicket wins, this is seconds highest partnership in IPL.
Raina applauded the team on Twitter
A veteran batsman of Chennai Suresh Raina who pulled out from the tournament before the start of IPL also lauded the team for thumping win over Punjab. He tweeted, “And that is the way to do it. Superb innings. All my love to @chennaiipl.Great WIN, well played boys! Congratulations & love all the way to Dubai.”
After the controversy around the withdrawal of Raina from the tournament citing personal reasons and expressing fears about the safety of Bio-bubble in the Coronavirus pandemic, Chennai Super Kings removed the name of southpaw from their official website. Their CEO also cleared that Raina will not play for Chennai in this season.
Chennai Super Kings got the crucial victory at the right time
Chennai Super Kings was bottom of points-table this season, which is never happened in past. They lost three consecutive games before this game. We are unheard of such a state of a champion side like Chennai Super Kings in past. So this win was much needed for the Chennai team this time. With this win, Chennai gave a clear message to fans and all other opponents in the league that they are ready to bounce back for such a fall.
While chasing a good target of 179 runs, openers Watson and Plessis give a good start to the team. They smashed 60 runs in just six overs of powerplay. After that, they didn’t look back and completed the chase in 18 overs to give second win for their team in this season. Also, Chennai scored more than 100 runs in first 10 overs first time in this season of IPL. Australian allrounder Watson amassed 83 runs off just 53 balls comprising with 11 elegant boundaries and three mammoth sixes. He got Man of the Match award for his spectacular match-winning knock. South African batsman Plessis give him company during this huge chase by making 87 runs off just 53 balls with the help of 11 exquisite boundaries and one six. Before the chase, Kings XI Punjab scored accumulated 178 runs in 20 overs. Skipper KL Rahul scored 63 runs off 52 balls and Caribbean batsman Nicholas Pooran scored 33 runs off 17 balls. Chennai jumped up from the last position to sixth position in the points table in this season. With this win, the confidence of the Chennai team and their fans is rejuvenated. They would hope to carry this momentum in upcoming games.
King XI Punjab fell to the bottom-most position in the points table due to lacklustre performance by their bowling department. Punjab’s head coach Anil Kumble and skipper KL Rahul would have many things to ponder in next few days.
Suresh Raina was really supportive of his team’s win. Also, Harbhajan Singh joined into the party, though he had been recently supporting his former team-mate Irfan Pathan’s comments as well. The comments looked like a dig at former Indian captain MS Dhoni, who had struggled in the last game.
Pathan had said that for some, “Age is just a number”, while others are forced into retirement (in a gist). This did not go down well with a lot of fans of MSD. Harbhajan had supported the motion as well at that point on Twitter. He had said that he totally agrees with this thought, as he re-Tweeted it out with a caption.
Well, it is good to see both stars sending out positive messages for the team. They had opted to skip the tournament and will not be part of the current tournament anymore. The rumours that were going around of a potential return have been completely played down in recent times.
It will be interesting to see now whether these two stars are part of the future IPLs for CSK or not. Only time will tell.
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