CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2020: Watson, du Plessis fifties lead Chennai Super Kings to 10-wicket win

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What a win. A 10-wicket victory for CSK, who before tonight, were struggling in all three departments. But Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis shrugged off all doubts and put on an exhibition in power-hitting as CSK registered the first 10-wicket win of IPL 2020 thanks to its highest-ever opening stand in IPL cricket. Massive props to the Chennai seamers too who bowled tidy lines and lengths at the death and kept Kings under 200, especially after the way KL and Pooran were batting at one stage. With tonight's defeat, Kings XI has slumped to the bottom of the points tally. CSK is now sixth with four points. That would be all from our side. Thank you for joining us.

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Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. Watson takes a single. Faf collects a couple with a pull to deep mid-wicket. Faf, you beauty. He has hit Shami for a one-handed six! Class.  And he brings up the win with a boundary. What a chase. Absolutely dominated it from ball one. CSK get past the finish line with 14 balls to spare.

Jordan is back into the attack. Starts with a dot. Faf is on strike. The next ball is a single to long-on. Another snigle later, Faf hits a full toss to deep backward point for four. This is now the highest opening partnership for CSK in IPL cricket. Four more, this time to third-man. Runs coming thick and fast. The victory is in sight. 12 from that over. CSK 168/0 after 17 Overs.  Chennai Super Kings needs 11 runs in 18 balls

Ravi Bishnoi is back into the attack. A couple of dots followed by a single for Watson. It is turning out to be a good over from Bishnoi. But Watson puts a dent to it with a lusty cover drive. Six from it. CSK 156/0 after 16 Overs.

Harpreet Brar to continue after the time out. Faf collects a couple courtesy a late cut. He then stands tall and clubs a short delivery over mid-wicket for four. Stand and deliver stuff from Faf. Now Watson - Harpreet bowls in his arc and Watto just hammers this over long-on for six. 15 runs from that over. CSK 150/0 after 15 Overs. Chennai Super Kings needs 29 runs in 30 balls

Cottrell is back into the attack. This is now CSK's game to loose. Watson and Faf collect singles off the first two balls. HUGE! Clean striking. No half measures. He is oozing class now, is Watson as he clears his front leg and launches this down the ground for six. Once he gets his eye in, Watson looks unbeatable and that has been the case tonight. 12 from it. CSK 135/0 after 14 Overs. Chennai Super Kings needs 44 runs in 36 balls

Harpreet Brar [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack. Faf is looking to attack, which is good from CSK's perspective. He collects a brace before getting off strike with a single. Four from the over. CSK 123/0 after 13 Overs.

Ravi Bishnoi [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack. Watson greets him with a powerful drive wide of long-off for four. Good comeback from the youngster - a wide and a couple of singles after being hit for a four. Seven from it in the end. CSK 119/0 after 12 Overs. Chennai Super Kings needs 60 runs in 48 balls.

Chris Jordan [1.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack. Watson brings up his fifty with two back-to-back boundaries. This is his 20th IPL fifty. Another half-century as Faf hits this to deep backward point for a single. Great opening stand this, all the experience coming to the fore. Another expensive over. 11 from it. CSK 112/0 after 11 Overs.

Mohammed Shami [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack. He needs to manufacture a wicket from somewhere because Chennai's absolutely bossing this chase at the moment. Its been great to see the intent from these batsmen - yes, there were a few plays and a misses at the start but they looked to stay positive and that's paid off tonight. The 100 comes up for CSK as Faf digs out a yorker and collects a single. Six from that over. CSK 101/0 after 10 Overs.

Ravi Bishnoi to continue. Watson is finding the gaps now, crouches and pulls it away to fine leg for yet another four. Runs coming thick and fast for Chennai. A slip in place. Bishnoi is at the receiving end of Watson's ire, as he slog sweeps this mid-wicket and long-on for a humongous six. Watson of the old has resurfaced in Dubai. 14 off that over. CSK 95/0 after 9 Overs.

Harpreet comes back into the attack. So, spin from both ends. Faf gets down on one knee and scoops it off the stumps to fine leg for four. Four more, this time to Watson, who sweeps it to short fine-leg where Shami makes a mess of it and concedes four. Sloppy work.  Faf again, he goes inside out over extra cover for four. 15 off the over. CSK 81/0 after 8 Overs.

Ravi Bishnoi, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack. Punjab need a wicket and Chennai need to carry on in the same vein. A slip in place. Watto collects a single to cover. Bishnoi bowls a couple of dots. A loud shout for lbw off the fourth ball but KXIP do not review. Faf is getting into the groove as he pulls this short ball to deep square leg for four. A single to end the over. Six from it. CSK 66/0 after 7 Overs.

Chris Jordan, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. It's his birthday today! Watson takes a single to sweeper cover. Cheeky from Faf, gets down on one knee and scoops it over Pooran's head for four. He collects a couple off the next ball. He is riding his luck, is Faf. Didn't quite get hold of that short ball and the mistimed hit fell safely. Faf brings up the fifty stand with a cracking four between mid-wicket and mid-on and celebrates it with another four, this time to third-man. Best start for CSK this season as Faf flat bats the final ball to long-on for a hat-trick of fours. 19 from that over. CSK 60/0 after 6 Overs.

Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. Starts with a wide and is taken for a boundary by Faf, who exploits the empty deep mid-wicket region with an uppish hit for four. Just a couple of singles and a brace off the next five. Nine from it. CSK 41/0 after 5 Overs. Chennai Super Kings needs 138 runs in 90 balls

Harpreet comes on for his first over of the season. Faf with a single down after nudging it to the mid on fielder. After a short delivery which was angled into Watson for a dot ball, Harpreet gives the ball some air and bowls it full, which Watson smacks it straight over the bowler's head for a four. Following another single, there is a loud lbw shout against Faf, who is caught on the crease going for a sweep. KXIP decide against the review but replay suggests it would have been overturned. It hit his back leg as well. CSK 32/0 after 4 Overs.

Sheldon Cottrell continues. Faf takes a single and gets off strike. Watto slashes hard at this slightly wide delivery, the ball runs to the fielder at third-man and the batsmen take a single. Faf collects a couple with a mistimed pull to square-leg. SHOT! Watto has dismissed this from his presence - just hammers it down the ground for four. It was in the slot too for the Aussie all-rounder. Nine from the over. CSK 25/0 after 3 Overs.

Mohammed Shami, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. He starts with a peach. Watson is beaten as Shami gets it to seam away after pitching on a length. After two good deliveries, Shami concedes 5wides. A very good over from Shami save that wide. Seven from it. CSK 16/0 after 2 Overs.

Nicholas Pooran to keep wickets. Watson and Faf are at the crease. Sheldon Cottrell with the new ball. Shape into the right-hander straightaway as Watson bunts it out back to the bowler. He defends the second ball back to the bowler. He is particularly vulnerable against the inswinging ball, is Watson.... That's a gift: Cottrell errs in line, strays on the hips and Watto tickles it to fine leg for four. Make that two in two, this one's more convincing - clubs it over long-on for four more. Cottrell almost had his man - the ball just about evades the mid-off fielder as Watson mistimes this lofted drive. Nine runs from the over. CSK 9/0 after 1 Over.

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A good comeback from the Chennai seamers. Last 5 overs, Kings could manage only 48 for the loss of two wickets. KL Rahul's fifty, coupled with Pooran and Mandeep's big hits, has guided Punjab to a competitive score. Given the struggles the Chennai batters have had to endure so far, KL Rahul and Co. will believe they are in with more than a chance here. That said, you don't rule MSD and CSK out, do you? We will back with the run chase soon.

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Cheeky. What a shot. Sarfaraz has earned a boundary first ball, to third-man. Thanks to a well-executed dilscoop. Make that two in two, again to third-man. Shardul under pressure. Bowls a wide. Sarfaraz runs a single next ball. Maxi on strike with three legitimate balls to go. He will get a dot, will Shardul. Great comeback from Shardul. Keeps Maxi down to a single. And another single to end the over. KXIP 178/4 after 20 Overs.

Bravo to bowl the 19th. A slip-up allows Sarfaraz to run back for the second. Bravo bowls an inch-perfect yorker next ball. Brilliant. No run. Bravo is sticking to slower ball ploy. Maxwell, now, collects a couple. We know why as he backs away and flat bats it over long-off for four. Maxi collects a two off the final ball. Sarfaraz to take strike for the last over. KXIP 166/4 after 19 Overs.

GONE! Thakur comes back into the attack and takes the big wicket of Pooran first ball. Jadeja completes a sharp catch at deep mid-wicket. It looked like it was going to disappear into the night sky, but Pooran didn't find the middle of the bat and persihed. Wicket number 2. KL Rahul is caught behind. Dhoni takes a brilliant catch behind the stumps. The field was set for a wide ball, outside off and Thakur executed it to perfection. Rahul got out for 63. Sarfaraz is the new man in. Thakur could've had a hat-trick... Sarfaraz got a big outside edge first ball but the ball died on Shane Watson who was standing near the circle. Maxwell and Sarfaraz at the crease. Three runs and a wicket. KXIP 155/4 after 18 Overs.

Bravo will resume proceedings after the second time out. Pooran digs out a wide yorker and some excellent running between the wickets allows the batsmen to complete two. Pooran hits the next ball straight to the fielder at extra cover. No run. Another dot. Bravo errs, gifts a full toss and Nic Pooran says 'thanl you' and tonks it for six over deep mid-wicket. The 50-run stand is up as well. Eleven runs from the over. KXIP 152/2 after 17 Overs.

Sam Curran [2.0-0-20-0] returns into the attack. Pooran pulls the first ball for a single. KXIP batting coach feels 200 will be a good score. Well, the way Pooran's teeing off, that just might be the case - he launches this into the orbit ... a maximum over deep mid-wicket for six. 11 from that over. KXIP accelerating. KXIP 141/2 after 16 Overs.

Shardul Thakur is back into the attack. KL Rahul reaches his fifty with a six over long-off. Not much room there but KL Rahul went through with it and bags a six. The next ball is dismissed through extra cover for four. And another one - imperious placement from KL - makes room and KL Rahul plays a late cut past backward point for four. He is changing gears in style. 16 from the over. KXIP 130/2 after 15 Overs.

Jadeja to bowl out. Rahul drives through covers for a single. Jaddu's bowled well tonight. He will want to finish on a good note. Both Pooran and KL happy to nudge around for singles. FOUR! A big hit was around the corner - slaps it over extra cover for four. Make that 10 off two as Pooran swivels and pulls the last ball over backward square for six. 13 from the over. KXIP 114/2 after 14 Overs.

Nicholas Pooran, left handed bat, comes to the crease. Bravo is back into the attack. Rahul goes hard at it and the outside edge flies through the vacant slip cordon for four. Pooran, meanwhile, guides one to third-man for a single. The 100 comes up for Punjab. Rahul will keep strike with a single off the final ball. Seven from the over. KXIP 101/2 after 13 Overs.

Jaddu into his third over. While Mayank's wicket would have brought CSK some relief, they will be wary of Punjab's tall batting order. They still have Maxwell in the ranks. The Aussie all-rounder hasn't fired so far and is due a big knock this IPL. Mandeep and Rahul have taken Punjab into the nineties. GONE! Just what CSK wanted - Mandeep hits this one straight to Rayudu and CSK have a second wicket. Six runs and a wicket. KXIP 94/2 after 12 Overs.

Mandeep lofts this Chawla ball to long-off and a slip-up from Faf allows the batsmen to run a two. Mandeep goes big next ball - goes down on his knee and launches this over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Super shot. SIX! Mandeep punishes this short ball - rocks back and pulls it over deep mid-wicket for six. 17 from that Chawla over. KXIP 88/1 after 11 Overs.

Jaddu continues. Mandeep collects a couple with a pull to long-on. A single next ball brings KL back on strike. Good over from Jaddu so far. Just the ones and twos from both batsmen. Three singles and a two from Jaddu's second over. KXIP 71/1 after 10 Overs.

Piyush Chawla, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack. A rank long hop but Mayank has hit that straight to the fielder. Much needed breakthrough! Sam Curran at deep mid-wicket gleefully accepts the offering. Mayank will be disappointed, could've hit it anywhere but picked the fielder. Mandeep Singh is in at 3. A slip in place. Five runs and a wicket from that. KXIP 66/1 after 9 Overs.

Ravindra Jadeja, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack. Agarwal collects three off the second ball - a close shave at deep extra-cover... Faf du Plessis did all the hard work, ran in, put in the dive but couldn't hold on to it. Stephen Fleming is not happy. Might be tough but that's a drop. Six from the over. KXIP 61/0 after 8 Overs.

Dwayne Bravo, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. This should be fun. Thakur's off the field. He hurt his finger, trying to stop a straight drive off KL Rahul in the previous over. Meanwhile, Bravo has bowled two back-to-back wides. Agarwal brings up the 50 stand with a single. Brilliant from Bravo. After those two extras, he kept the batters quiet with two dots but erred in line in the final delivery - slightly wide and Rahul put it away for four. A single to end the over. Nine from it. KXIP 55/0 after 7 Overs.

Shardul Thakur, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. He will round off the Powerplay. Mayank welcomes him with a front foot pull shot for four. Gets off strike with a single next ball. There have been only six boundaries so far. CSK wouldn't mind that too much, to be honest. Good one from Thakur. Powerplay's done. KXIP 46/0 after 6 Overs.

Chahar into his third. SHOT! Mayank has pummelled this over sweeper cover for four. Full ball, outside off, and the Karnataka batsman just smashes it to the fence. Seven runs from the over. Good comeback from Chahar. KXIP 38/0 after 5 Overs.

Sam Curran, left-arm fast medium, continues. Both Chahar and Curran searching for swing but there's none. Nevertheless, the pace duo has managed to keep a lid on Punjab's scoring rate so far. Mayank tries to go over the top, the outside edge flies to third-man for four. That shouldn't disappoint CSK. Mayank takes a single next ball. FOUR! This time, Rahul drives through deep backward point for four. 12 from this one. KXIP 31/0 after 4 Overs.

Chahar continues. Starts with a dot. KL collects a brace before cutting the third ball to deep backward point for four. The slip's disappeared. Curran is standing at short third-man for KL. Seven from this over. KXIP 19/0 after 3 Overs.

Sam Curran, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. Mayank drives through extra cover for a couple. Follows it up with a single to short third-man. Beautiful shot from KL. What timing - takes a big stride forward, width on offer and drives it handsomely for four. Good over for Punjab. Seven from it. KXIP 12/0 after 2 Overs.

Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are at the crease. Deepak Chahar to start proceedings. KL to take strike. KL gets off the mark with a couple. Chahar follows it up with a dot. Some swing on offer for Chahar. There's a slip in place for KL. Good over so far from the right-arm seamer. Just a couple of singles to end the over. Four from it. KXIP 4/0 after 1 Over.

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TOSS UPDATE:  KL Rahul has won the toss and Punjab will bat first.

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar

Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Jordan, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell

PITCH REPORT: "If you're batting first for the majority of the games, you're winning. So, I don't see that changing. We do have a shorter boundary tonight, there is a 66 metre boundary but we do have a bigger boundary which is like 85-86 metres to my left, straight down the ground not much. I would like to tell you that it's 21 balls per six here in Dubai, Abu Dhabi 22 balls per six and in Sharjah it's only 8 balls per six," says Kevin Pietersen.

Right, we are just 30 minutes away from the toss. Two teams, who have struggled for momentum so far, will lock horns in Dubai and hope for their fortunes to turn for the good. It will be interesting to see how many changes - if any - CSK and KXIP ring in for tonight's match. Will Gayle finally get a game? Will Josh Hazlewood find a place in the CSK XI? While Punjab's openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul have been in sensational form, Chennai's Shane Watson and Murali Vijay have struggled to get going. Chennai might consider promoting the in-form Sam Curran up the order, especially if it is chasing a tall target. You'd imagine he is wasted lower down the order.

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Squads

Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, R. Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif

Kings XI Punjab: K. L. Rahul (Capt.), Glenn Maxwell, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M. Ashwin, J. Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh.

Match 18, Dubai International Stadium

Time: 7.30 pm

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