After the last game played by CCSK in which they lost, captain MS Dhoni planned on better starts at the top. He also concentrated focus on ‘small things’.
The call for more runs meant that Shane Watson, who is a veteran and also the Australian opener dominated the proceedings.
CSK ensured that they picked up wickets just when the batsmen of the KXIP started getting comfortable at the crease. This ensured that there were no big partnerships by the batsmen of the KXIP. Shardul Thakur worked out to be a little expensive.
KXIP, on the other hand, we’re unable to put any pressure on the CSK team. CSK managed to score 60 runs from the first 6 over’s without losing any wicket. Watson managed to hit into the stands quite a number of times as soon as his confidence grew. The partnership of Watson and Du Plessis managed 150 runs and soon the finish was only a formality.
There were many records made with this partnership. One of them was the highest opening partnership by any batsman in the CSK team, the second-highest score that was chased without a loss of any wicket were just two of the records. The opposite team, KXIP did not have a good game and we’re also in a bad spot with indifferent fielding patches.
Dwayne Bravo was one player who can be termed as a disappointment. He entered the playing XI, replacing Lungi Ngidi . He has gone wicketless in the two games that he has played. He has not even batted.
In this game against KXIP, Bravo conceded 38 runs and could not show any incisiveness in the middle over’s or even at the death. He could be taken for runs easily.
Sheldon Cottrell of the KXIP had opened the bowling for KXIP and was expected to get some wickets. He also had the opportunity to dismiss Watson, the opener and put the required pressure on du Plessis.
Cottrell was hit for boundaries right from the first over and also gave away 9 runs in each of the 2 overs. As there was a lack of pressure from him, Rahul, the skipper, had to keep rotating his bowlers. Eventually, this was of no use.
KXIP looked for a bowler who could put some pressure on the batsmen in the death bowling and Chris Jordan seemed to be the perfect answer.
Jordan came into bowl in the sixth over but was unable to get the breakthrough that was so required. Instead, he allowed Du Plessis to make merry on his bowling He was smashed for four boundaries and made 32 runs off only 17 balls.
At the end of 6 over’s, CSK was 60 for no loss and the pendulum had shifted in favor of the batting team. Jordan bowled two more over’s that were ineffective. This was no memorable night for the experienced pacer.
To put it short, this game was an all-out game for the CSK team with a 10 wicket victory.