CSK v KXIP: Comfortable Super Kings cruise past Punjab

Chennai Super Kings is back to the top of the table with a 22-run victory over Kings XI Punjab. A 60-run stand between Dhoni and Rayudu and Du Plessis' half-century along with Harbhajan Singh's two for 17 runs gave the host a comfortable win over Punjab on Saturday.

Shane Watson
Shane Watson had a point to prove as he opened the Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday. With Faf du Plessis, Watson hammered Andrew Tye for 18 runs before falling prey to Ravinchandran Ashwin for 26. Photo: AP
Faf du Plessis
The wait ended for Chennai Super Kings fans as Faf du Plessis finally made it to the playing eleven on Saturday. His patient 33-ball fifty helped CSK make 160/3 in 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab. Photo: AFP
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni isn't called the best finisher in the business for nothing. A late unbeaten 60-run stand between him (37*) and Ambati Rayudu (21*) took Chennai Super Kings to a competitive 160/3 against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday. Photo: M. Vedhan
Ravichandran Ashwin Kings XI Punjab
It was a bittersweet return to home turf for Ravichandran Ashwin, playing against the Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk for the first time on Saturday. While KXIP lost the match, Ashwin claimed all three of CSK's wickets, getting close to a hat-trick too. Photo: AP
MS Dhoni
What goes around comes around and MS Dhoni's smile after this attempted dismissal said it all. The Chennai Super Kings captain had benefited from the bizarre incident of the bails not being dislodged during a stumping in the match against Rajasthan Royals (RR) earlier in this season of the Indian Premier League. On Saturday, it was Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) batsman KL Rahul's turn for some good fortune. Photo: M PRABHU
KL Rahul
Two half centuries couldn't save Kings XI Punjab against the formidable Chennai Super Kings in their clash on Saturday. KL Rahul (55) and Sarfaraz Khan (67) put on a 110-run stand off 93 balls but Chennai inched its way past KXIP to claim the game. Photo: AFP