In the match against Punjab, Chennai’s openers got to see the tune for the first time. So, on the strength of these two openers’ half-centuries, Chennai scored a big victory over Punjab. Both the openers have shown the other team that they do not want to make Chennai sound in this match. Faf hit an unbeaten 87 off 53 balls with 11 fours and a six, while Watson hit an unbeaten 83 off 53 balls with 11 fours and three sixes.
Chasing Punjab’s 179, Chennai got off to a flying start. Both openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis celebrated their half-centuries this time around and paved the way for the team to win. Chennai have not had a good opener in the matches so far. But for the first time in this match, Chennai got a century opener. Watson and Faf put on a good attack on Punjab’s bowling and played a vital role in the team’s victory.
Captain Lokesh Rahul’s half-century helped Punjab to a 179-run victory over Chennai. Rahul scored 63 runs this time and was well supported by other players. Shardul Thakur, a fast bowler from Chennai, struck out Rahul and Nicholas Puran in the same over to give Punjab a double lead.
Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first. Captain Punjab Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal gave a good start to the first innings. Rahul and Mayank opened the innings with 61 runs. But this time, Chennai spinner Piyush Chawla dismissed Mayank to give the team its first victory. Mayank was able to score 28 runs this time. After Mayank’s dismissal, Mandeep Singh came to support Rahul. Though Mandeep was cautious at the beginning, Rahul was seen batting hard from the other end. But Chennai spinner Ravindra Jadeja broke the deadlock by dismissing Mandeep. Mandeep scored 27 off 16 balls.
Nicolas Puran, who came to bat after Mandeep’s dismissal, took good news of Chennai’s bowling this time. Puran batted brilliantly in the last few overs. Rahul and Puran’s strong batting helped Punjab to a challenging score in the match. Puran hit 33 off just 13 balls with one four and three sixes. Chennai fast bowler Shardul Thakur caught Puran with a jadejakarvi. Lokesh Rahul saved the team well this time. Because on the one hand, he was making good runs and increasing his speed. But Shardul Thakur dismissed Rahul to give Chennai a huge lead. Rahul hit 63 off 52 balls with seven fours and a six.