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Patna : Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 9 wickets in the 53rd match of IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE, on November 1, 2020, evening, powered by an unbeaten 62 in 49 balls with 6 fours and 1 six by opener Ruturaj Gaikwad and 48 in 34 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes by his opening partner Faf du Plessis.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis added 82 runs for the 1st wicket. Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten on 30 in 30 balls with 2 fours. Replying to KXIP’s 153/6 in 20 overs, CSK scored 154/1 in 18.5 overs. CSK won the toss and opted to bowl. Gaikwad was named Player Of The Match.

It was CSK’s 6th win in 14 matches and they have now 12 points. For KXIP, it was their 8th defeat in 14 matches and they too have 12 points.

Batting first, KXIP openers : Lokesh Rahul (captain & wk) and Mayank Agarwal, added 48 runs for the 1st wicket.Mayank fell to fast bowler Lungi Ngidi for 26 in 16 balls hitting 5 fours. Lokesh Rahul also fell to Ngidi for 29 in 27 balls with 3 fours and 1 six and it was 62/2. Nicholas Pooran fell to fast bowler Shardul Thakur for 2 making it 68/3.

Chris Gayle was lbw to spinner Imran Tahir for 12 in 19 bals and it was 72/4. Mandeep Singh fell to spinner Ravindra Jadeja for 14 and it was 108/5. James Neesham fell to Ngidi for 2 making it 113/6 in 17.1 overs. Deepak Hooda scored an explosive unbeaten 62 in 30 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes and added 40 runs with Chris Jordan in their unbroken partnership for the 7th wicket.