After suffering from drastic defeats CSK squad through their immense of hard work emerged victorious by defeating KXIP by a mammoth 10 wickets. Following a massive win MS Dhoni was full of praise for Opener batsman Shane Watson & FAF Du Plessis who scored unbeaten half centuries to defeat KXIP by 10 wickets.
CSK franchise recorded victory after being handed an average target of 179 runs to achieve. Watson scored 83 runs off 53 balls with 11 boundaries & 3 sixes registered on his name. Du Plessis made his presence felt by scoring 87 runs off 53 balls which consisted of 11 boundaries & a massive six.
“It’s not about being more aggressive. Watson was hitting it well in the nets and what you need is to do that in the middle. It was just a matter of time. FAF is like a sheet anchor for us, keeps playing those shots in the middle. He can always confuse the bowler with the lap shots and all coming in. We needed momentum with the right kind of shots. Watto and Faf backed themselves with the shots they’re known for,” said Dhoni in the post-match presentation.
KXIP captain KL Rahul blamed poor execution of plans which has made them drop down at the bottom of the points table. “There’s no rocket science, we know where we’re going wrong. The execution part’s been bad. They’re all professional players, they know where it’s going wrong,” he stated.
Rahul helped KXIP to set a target of 178/4 after selecting to bat first & emerged as the top scorer for the team by scoring 63 runs off 52 balls. The wicketkeeper batsman received support from West Indies Cricketer Nicholas Pooran who scored 33 runs off 17 deliveries.