Fans of IPL and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are ecstatic as the MS Dhoni-led side got over their 3-match losing streak and registered a crushing 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to roar back to form.
Before the win CSK had lost 3 out of their starting 4 matches and were at the bottom of the points table but the emphatic victory in Dubai has helped them move to the number 6 position of the 8-team points table of IPL 2020.
Winning the toss and batting first in Dubai has been a norm of sorts this season as teams doing that have emerged victorious every single time but KXIP brought an end to it on Sunday.
Reacting to the dismal performance for KL Rahul’s KXIP, Virender Sehwag said, “Only Punjab can lose the match even after batting first in Dubai.”
The former India and Kings XI Punjab opener hailed MS Dhoni’s captaincy, saying that it played a huge role in the shift of momentum in the 18th over of Punjab’s batting innings.
Dhoni had introduced Shardul Thakur to bowl the over and he responded with 2 massive wickets of set and in-form Nicholas Pooran and KL Rahul on the starting 2 deliveries. KL Rahul’s wicket especially, looked a well planned one. Shardul bowled a full wide delivery which Rahul edged to MS Dhoni while trying to chase and hit it. Ravindra Jadeja also contributed in the over by taking a very well judged catch of Pooran at the boundary line.
“18th over me turning point tha jaha Gabbar MS Dhoni ki kaptani, Jaddu ki fielding aur Shardul ki bowling ne momentum hi shift kar diya (18th over was the turning point of the match. MS Dhoni’s captaincy, Ravindra Jadeja’s fielding and Shardul Thakur’s bowling brought back the momentum in CSK’s favour),” Sehwag said a video uploaded by him on his Facebook handle.
Further, Virender Sehwag also praised 39-year-old Shane Watson in his very own unique manner. The veteran all-rounder had joined forces with Faf du Plessis on Sunday to play a crushing 53-ball 83 knock. Faf du Plessis ended up scoring 87 off 53 and the result was CSK chasing down KXIP’s 179-run target with 14 balls remaining. Watson’s knock included 11 fours and 3 massive sixes.
“By the way the thing which has been trying to start since 19th September, that diesel engine Watson finally started. He and ‘Sambha’ Faf du Plessis got together and took took the Punjabi lads for a tour of the stadium, hitting the ball everywhere,” Virender Sehwag while talking about the special knock from the Australian legend.