In the second match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday, Chennai Super Kings broke the order of consecutive defeats by defeating Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in the match played at Dubai International Stadium. Punjab, batting first, scored 178 runs at the loss of four wickets. In response, Chennai achieved this target without losing wickets in 17.4 overs. For Chennai, Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 87 and Shane Watson scored an unbeaten 83. Du Plessis hit 11 fours and a six in a 53-ball innings. Watson faced 11 fours and three sixes in 53 balls. Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul has given a statement after the unilateral defeat against Chennai.
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This is Punjab’s third consecutive loss in four matches and the fourth defeat in five matches, which led the team to drop to the last place and captain Lokesh Rahul looked very disappointed. Rahul, who scored the highest 63 for Punjab in the match, said that it is disappointing to face defeat in so many matches. We have to keep trying hard. There is no rocket science in it, we know where we are at fault. We are failing to implement plans. Hopefully, we will learn a lesson and come back.
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In terms of the team’s score, Rahul said that I thought the score of 178 runs would be good. When we started batting, the ball was coming to a stop. We thought that 170 to 180 would be a competitive score but we knew that if we do not take wickets then we will have to struggle against these level players. Watson, who was elected man of the match, said it was good to play the innings. It was a combination of technique and emotion. Be able to cope with the ball much better. We play each other well. There are some bowlers whom he (du Plessis) prefer to face. He is a good player and it feels good to bat with him.
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Du Plessis said that yes, we did well. I think the big thing for me is that I stayed till the end. My focus is to try to convert a good start into a big innings. It was good that we were able to have a good partnership tonight. I think our bowling was very good in the last match, our team balance was better but we did not bat well.