Welcome to the 18th Match of the IPL 2020.
Let IPL entertain our Sunday with this clash between CSK and Punjab!
Kings XI Punjab has won the toss and have opted to bat first.
Chennai fields the same eleven. CSK is known for giving long ropes to its players.
Punjab has three changes.
Mandeep Singh, Harpreet Brar and Jordan replacing Karun, Gowtham and Neesham respectively.
KL Rahul and Mayaannk, top scorer of this season have taken the crease.
Deepak Chahar gives only 4 runs in the first over.
Fourth over was the first big over for Punjab with boundaries each from the openers.
12 runs in the fourth over.
Punjab have been keeping the scoring rate close to 8.
Powerplay score was 46/0.
Chawla removed Agarwal in the first ball of the 9th over.
Sam Curran took the catch at the deep mid-wicket.
Jadeja gives away only 5 runs in the next over.
Mandeep scores two sixes off the next over by Chawla.
Rayudu takes a low catch and removes Mandeep off the last ball of 12th over.
Jadeja took one wicket and gave only 6 runs.
Score at the end of 12 the over was 94/2.
Jadeja bowls the 14th over again where smashed him for a boundary and six.
Punjab scored 13 runs in this over and Jadeja’s spell ends.
Finally, KL Rahul launched the attack in the 15th over and scored another fifty of the season with a six which was followed by two more boundaries.
Thakur was the unlucky bowler this time.
Next two overs saw one big hit each.
Score at the end of the 17th over was 152/2.
Thakur returns for the 18th over.
And he removes Pooran off the first ball, thanks to a beautiful catch by Jadeja.
Dhoni catches the outside edge of Rahul in the next ball.
Sarfaraz Khan negates the hat-trick.
18th over produced only 3 runs for Punjab where they lost two set batsmen.
19th over was bowled by Bravo and Punjab scored 11 runs.
Thakur bowls the 20th over and gives 12 runs.
Punjab has set a target of 179 runs for the CSK.
Watson on strike and Cottrell holds the ball.
No runs off the first two balls.
Watson then scores two boundaries in the next two balls.
Shami’s second over would have been very decent had those 5 runs off the wide ball would not have come.
Watson and Faf play smartly taking no risk and scoring a boundary in the next overs and Punjab also failed to stop their singles.
Faf decides to take tasks off Jordan and scores 4 boundaries in the last over of the powerplay. Powerplay score for CSK was 60/0.
Bishnoi bowled a decent 7th over with just one boundary where CSK scored 6 runs.
Chennai ambushes Punjab again.
They scored 14 runs in the 9th over.
Chennai batsmen complete their century stand in the 10th over.
Watson went hard on Jordan and scored two boundaries.
This over produced 11 runs for CSK.
These two batsmen still going strong and Chennai has already won the match.
What we were witnessing was a mere formality.
Chennai’s score at the end of 16th over was 156/0.
Jordan came with the 17th over where Faf again punished him with two boundaries.
Chennai score was 168/0.
Shami bowls the 18th over.
Watson gives the strike to Faf.
Faf hits one-handed six over the cover and finishes the match with a boundary.
Chennai has won this match with ten wickets.
This is how ruthless Chennai can become.
Watson had scored 82 runs in 53 balls with eleven fours and three sixes.
And Faf scored 87 runs with eleven boundaries and 1 six in the 53 balls which he faced.
This is also the highest opening wicket partnership for Chennai.
The previous best opening stand was 159 between Mike Hussey & Murali Vijay.
This is also the highest opening partnership by any team against Punjab.
They improved 147 run partnership by Gayle and Kohli.
It was a tough call for Man of the Match but jury settles with Shane Watson.