After being knocked out of the playoffs race in IPL 2020 a week ago, CSK have played the role of party poppers perfectly as they registered third win on the trot to throw KXIP out of tournament.
In the last three matches, CSK have beaten Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab chasing the target courtesy the 23-year old Ruturaj Gaikwad. After being missing out on first few opportunities, the Pune born came to the party hitting three consecutive half-centuries at his preferred opening position.
After winning the toss, MS Dhoni chose what has been working for them (to bowl first) but both Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul came hard at CSK bowlers as they duo added 48 runs inside 6 overs.
However, Lungi Ngidi had other plans as the pacer plucked out both Rahul and Mayank in short span to push KXIP on backfoot. Other CSK bowlers utilized and maintained the pressure created by Ngidi to block the run flow in middle overs before Deepak Hooda played a nice cameo at the end to take KXIP at 153-6 in 20 overs.
In reply, CSK batters chased down the target with little fuss to win the match by 9-wickets.
After Chennai Super Kings won the match, the franchises twitter handle posted a hilarious tweet by dedicating the win to RCB, DC, SRH, RR and KKR – the franchises in contention for three playoff spots.
CSK tweeted: “One for the Super Fans……and RCB, DC, SRH, RR and KKR,” to give fans a moment of laughter.
With this facile win Chennai Super Kings finished the tournament with 7th place in points table. On the other hand, KXIP ended on 6th place after 14 matches.