Chennai Super Kings thrashed Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in the match no.18 of Indian Premier League 2020 on Sunday to move to sixth position in the points table.
MS Dhoni-led side achieved a 179-run target with remarkable ease and it was a much-needed victory for them after they suffered three defeats in a row.
Shane Watson (83 not out) and Faf du Plessis (87 not out) ensured that there was no close finish this time, reducing the match to a ‘no-contest’ with their authoritative batting.
The seasoned Australian punished the KXIP bowlers with 11 fours and three sixes in his 53-ball unbeaten knock while Du Plessis hit 11 fours and a six from 53 balls to also remain not out.
On the other hand, KXIP skipper KL Rahul had hit a well-paced 63 to lead Kings XI Punjab to a competitive 178 for four after electing to bat but in the absence of good bowlers it was an onerous task to stop the experienced CSK brigade.
Meanwhile, KXIP slipped to the bottom place in the points table after their latest loss.
Earlier in the day, Mumbai Indians went to the top of the points tally after they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah.
IPL 2020 Latest Points Table
|Indian Premier League||P||W||L||D||NRR||Pts|
|3||Royal Challengers Bangalore||4||3||1||0||-0.954||6|
|4||Kolkata Knight Riders||4||2||2||0||-0.121||4|
|6||Chennai Super Kings||5||2||3||0||-0.342||4|
|8||Kings XI Punjab||5||1||4||0||0.178||2|
Meanwhile, KXIP skipper KL Rahul is back to the top of the Orange Cap leaderboard as he scored 63 off 52 balls in the IPL 2020 match against CSK on Sunday.
The batsman has scored 302* runs so far at a whopping average of 75.50 and a strike rate of 141.78. Rahul has also smashed a century and two fifties in IPL 2020 so far.
Meanwhile, CSK opener Faf du Plessis moved to second spot in the tally after he smashed unbeaten 87 against KXIP. The South African now has 282 runs in his kitty, including three fifties.
Notably, Rahul’s teammate Mayank Agarwal has slipped to third position in the tally after he was dismissed for mere 26 runs against CSK.
Agarwal is followed by MI skipper Rohit Sharma who has 176 runs to his name in five games.
Earlier in the day, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner scored 60 off 44 balls against Mumbai Indians in the match no.17 of IPL 2020 on Sunday to become the fifth-highest run-getter in IPL 2020 so far. He smashed 5 fours and 2 sixes during his innings.
The Australian opener has so far accumulated 175 runs in five games including a half-century. His average is 43.75.
IPL 2020 Orange Cap Leaderboard
Faf du Plessis
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal continue to don the Purple Cap after he bagged three wickets against Rajasthan Royals in the Match no.15 of Indian Premier League 2020 on Saturday.
Overall, the wrist spinner has bagged 8 wickets in four matches of IPL 2020 and he is on top of the Purple Cap holder list with an economy of 7.18.
Chahal is followed by Delhi Capitals pacer Kagiso Rabada who also has 8 wickets in his kitty and an economy rate of 7.87.
Notably, Mumbai Indian pacers Trent Boult and James Pattinson acquired third and fifth positions in the table respectively after they clinched two wickets each against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.
Meanwhile, KXIP pacer Mohammad Sham slipped to fourth position after he failed to pick a single wicket against CSK on Sunday.
IPL 2020 Purple Cap Leaderboard
In the 19th match of IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Delhi Capitals on Monday (Oct 5) at 7:30 pm IST.