Chennai Super Kings are taking on Punjab Kings in the match of 53 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. While the MS Dhoni-led side has already qualified for the playoffs, the KL Rahul-led side had to chase the target of 135 runs in just 17 balls to improve their net run rate and give themselves a chance to qualify for the playoffs.
Asked to bat first, Chennai Super Kings batsmen struggled to get going and found themselves tumbling at 61/5. However, opener Faf du Plessis seemed to be batting on a different surface as he bailed his team out of the trouble and registered a masterful half-century.
The right-handed batsman looked very cautious in the start and then took charge to Punjab bowlers and scored runs all around the ground and paved his way through another half-century in the tournament. The standout feature of his innings was when he hit Arshdeep Singh for a massive 100M six.
It was during the 19th over when Arshdeep Singh bowled a delivery in the slot and Faf du Plessis was quick to free his arms and slotted the ball for a 100M six over the deep mid-wicket area for six.
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Punjab Kings pacer Chris Jordan praised his team for their efforts to restrict the opposition to only 134 runs. He further added that everyone in his team’s dressing room is happy with restricting them to a low total.
“It’s very hot out there. The guys did a very good job to restrict CSK to 134. Everyone put every single bit of the energy into every ball and it really paid off. We have to complete the job now. We would have taken that (CSK’s 134) at the beginning of the innings having not seen any of the conditions. Everyone did a good job for the team. We know their line-up is very dangerous, we’re pretty happy with what we have restricted them to,” Chris Jordan said.