KXIP vs CSK match highlights: Resolute Punjab Sign Off From IPL 12 With A Flourish
KXIP vs CSK match highlights:
- Punjab defeated CSK by 6 wickets in their last match of the season to end on 6th place with 14 points
- Chasing CSK’s 170 which was built of Faf’s 96, Punjab’s entire top-order came up with the goods to see the home side ease past the target at hand in 18 overs
- The defeat for CSK meant they slumped down to second place, a position they managed to hold onto after MI defeated KKR later in the day
KXIP vs CSK match highlights
As the Kings XI Punjab went about trashing the Chennai Super Kings, their supporter base had only question. Why couldn’t the franchisee be more efficient on a consistent basis? As the franchisee ended the tournament on a spectacular note, comprehensively defeating the Super Kings by 6 wickets in their backyard, unfortunately the inconsequential result meant they could only finish as high as sixth place in the league standings.
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It was a clinical performance by the Punjab side on Sunday afternoon, one that decimated a full-strength CSK side. Putting in CSK to bat first after winning the toss, Punjab came under the brunt of some clean hitting by Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina. In what was a rampant performance by the first wicket partnership for the visiting side, Punjab were pummelled in the opening 10 overs.
An incredible partnership, one that saw both the batsmen compellingly spare no bowler that was sent their way lasted a mammoth 12 overs. Despite Punjab throwing the kitchen sink and more at CSK, both Faf and Raina went onto reach their half-centuries, opening their arms in stupendous style to amass the runs. Putting on 120 runs, the two looked certain to take this to a mincing 200 plus total before Sam Curran came in and finally delivered with the ball something he was missing since week 2 of the riveting tournament.
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Meticulous with the ball on the day, Curran picked up 3 wickets, his second being that of Raina for 58. He got Faf to depart soon after for 96, leaving CSK yet searching for a player to reach three digits for them this season. From there on it was all Punjab as they showed immense perseverance. Continuously snapping at CSK’s heels, Punjab managed to wrestle back all the lost incentive as they restricted them to a mere 170.
Building on the momentum garnered by their bowlers, Punjab’s opening stand of 108 in 10 overs between Chris Gayle (28) and KL Rahul (71) all but won the match for the hosts. It was a determined performance, one that showed immense resolve from the hosts who were bent on giving their adoring support one last thing to cheer for.
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In complete control and well on top of the encounter, the run chase was traversed with comfortable ease as Pooran scored 36 to complete the job for the home side in the 18th over.
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