IPL 2019: Faf Du Plessis was back in the Chennai squad, and he was promoted to open the batting with Shane Watson. Ambati Rayudu was slotted at his preferred middle-order after a few poor performances. It was in the last ball of the 3rd over when the South African got down on his knees and guided the ball for a six. The ball came off the middle of the bat and the solid timing on it took it over the ropes. Gayle, who was stationed at short fine leg was spotted copying the shot after Faf played it successfully.
Here is the video:
Meanwhile, Faf scored a 38-ball 54 after Chennai won the toss and opted to bat first at Chepauk. Initially, they did not get off the best of starts as Punjab bowling was disciplined. Ashwin has been the pick of the Punjab bowlers, the skipper scalped three for 23 in his stipulated four overs. He got rid of the top three batsmen from the opposition camp to grab an early advantage.
Best IPL figures for R Ashwin:
4/34 RPS v KXIP, Vizag, 2016
3/16 CSK v RCB, Chennai, 2011
3/16 CSK v KKR, Chennai, 2010
3/23 CSK v DD, Chennai, 2012
3/23 KXIP v CSK, Chennai, 2019*
3/30 CSK v MI, Mumbai WS, 2014
At the time of filing the copy, Chennai were 127/3 in 18 overs. Dhoni and Rayudu are in the middle and they will hope for a big finish.
Kings XI Punjab Squad
Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami
Chennai Super Kings Squad
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir