IPL 2019: Ravichandran Ashwin has been a ‘no-nonsense’ captain this season, for which he has also faced flak. His tough style of captaincy was on display today when KL Rahul did a misfield in the 11th over of the match. Faf Du Plessis hit the ball towards the cow-corner and went off for a run. Rahul was approaching the ball, but it seemed he had a little slip which allowed the ball to get past him and hit the ropes. This did not please Ashwin, who gave a stern stare at Rahul which said it all. Also Read - Faf Du Plessis Makes my Job Easier, Says CSK Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad
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Meanwhile, half-centuries by opener Faf du Plessis (96 off 55) and Suresh Raina’s (53 off 38) powered Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to 170/5 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) even as Sam Curran (3/35) starred for the hosts in their Indian Premier Leauge (IPL) clash at the PCA I.S. Bindra Stadium.
The Chennai duo was involved in a crucial 120-run second wicket partnership, building the platform for a fighting total as their lower middle-order failed to contribute. While du Plessis’ knock was laced with 10 boundaries and four sixes, Raina’s innings contained five fours and couple of hits into the stands.
Put into bat, openers Shane Watson (7 off 11) and du Plessis started on a good note, adding 30 runs in the initial four overs. However, in the next over Curran drew the first blood for Punjab as he castled Watson.
At the time of filing the copy, KXIP was 37/0 in three overs.