IPL 2020: Dhoni’s brilliant gesture, CSK captain tutors KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal post match

Can you get a better teacher than MS Dhoni to give cricket tips post-match? The answer would be straight no. After drubbing at the hands of Dhoni’s CSK, both KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal were seen taking tips from captain cool.
Both KingsXI Punjab players were in complete attention as Dhoni was seen explaining to them the nuances of the game post-CSK-KXIP game.
Dhoni spent almost 5 mins each with both the players and it surely was the MASTER-CLASS for both the players.

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IPL 2020: Dhoni ‘happy’ with CSK’s record-breaking show, jumps to 6th position in IPL 2020 points table

 
 

Earlier Chennai Super Kings put up a record-breaking show against KingsXI Punjab. CSK openers Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson put up a record-breaking partnership against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday to put the side’s campaign back on track.

“(Consistency in selection) is something we bank on,” said Dhoni in the post-match presentation ceremony. “Fleming doesn’t get the kind of recognition he should. The good thing is that we decide each and everything between us. It’s not like we don’t have debates over selections or positions. But it stays between us.”

Watson smashed unbeaten 83 off 53 balls, while Du Plessis scored unbeaten 87 off 53 balls, to help CSK register a thumping 10-wickets win over Punjab, who set a 179-runs target after they opted to bat first.

Overall, the two batsmen hit 26 boundaries between them as CSK registered its first victory in four matches to revive its season.

In the process, Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis recorded the highest ever partnership for Chennai Super Kings in IPL history. It is also the ninth-highest stand in the IPL for any wicket. Interestingly, it is also the second-highest chase in the IPL history without losing a wicket.

“We did the small things right. Believed in the process. We were looking for the kind of start today. That’s where experience counts hopefully we can replicate this in the coming days,” he said.

“It’s not about being more aggressive. Watson was looking good in the nets. But what you want is to replicate that. It was just a matter of time that he gets going. Faf is like a sheet anchor for us. He can always confuse the bowlers with shots like the lap shot. They compliment each other well.”, said Dhoni.

IPL 2020: Watson-Du Plessis Highest opening partnerships for CSK in IPL:

Also, both the batsmen provided the side with the best PowerPlay start in the ongoing season as they scored 60 runs in the opening six overs, bettering the previous record of 53/0 set by Watson and Murali Vijay against Rajasthan Royals.

IPL 2020 : Watson and Faf register these feats during their unbeaten partnership:

  • Shane Watson registered his 20th career IPL fifty. Watson scored his sixth fifty for CSK in the tournament.
  • The former Australian all-rounder went past the 400-run mark against KXIP and also registered his third fifty against the Punjab-based franchise.
  • Faf du Plessis went past the 2,100-run mark in the IPL.
  • The South African scored his 15th career IPL fifty.
  • It was also his 13th fifty for CSK.

Meanwhile, the victory saw CSK move to sixth position, while KXIP slipped to the bottom place in the points table.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied NR Pts NRR
Mumbai Indians 5 3 2 0 0 6 1.214
Delhi Capitals 4 3 1 0 0 6 0.588
Royal Challengers Bangalore 4 3 1 0 0 6 -0.954
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 2 2 0 0 4 -0.121
Rajasthan Royals 4 2 2 0 0 4 -0.317
Chennai Super Kings 5 2 3 0 0 4 -0.342
Sunrisers Hyderabad 5 2 3 0 0 4 -0.417
KingsXI Punjab 5 1 4 0 0 2 0.178