Watson scored 83* off 53 against KXIP

With this win, CSK cricket team will gain huge confidence going into their next match.

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Watson scored 83* off 53 against KXIP

"What Fleming and MS Dhoni do, it is incredible for cricket team. They trust the players, they trust the quality and calibre of their players. They know if they keep the faith, the things will certainly change," Watson told Faf du Plessis in a video uploaded on iplt20.com.

Before Sunday, Watson's four scores in IPL 2020 read 4, 33, 14 and 1, while skipper MS Dhoni, after three three straight losses, had complained of poor starts with the bat that was not only pulling his team down but also amplifying the importance of an unavailable Suresh Raina to this line-up.

 

With this win, CSK cricket team will gain huge confidence going into their next match. Their bowling was average but they will look after areas where they can improve. With this loss, KXIP has moved to the bottom of the table as they have lost 4 matches in the 5 matches they have played so far.

CSK, however, showed their real class while chasing. The opening pair of Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis chased the entire total singlehandedly as they put together a 181 run partnership. Watson finally converted his start into a big one as he scored 83 off just 53 balls. Du Plessis continued his form as he scored 87 off 53 balls to take the side through.

 

CSK cricket captain Dhoni expressed hope that his crew will continue to replicate this high-quality end result in the final matches of the IPL 2020. "I assume we did the small things. That's what was once vital to us. The type of start we acquired in batting, it really is what we needed. Hopefully, we'll be able to replicate this in the coming games. It's now not about being extra aggressive. He was once hitting it well in the nets and what you need is to do that in the middle. It used to simply depend on time. Faf is like a sheet anchor for us, continuing playing those shots in the middle. He can always confuse the bowler with the lap shots and all coming in," Dhoni said after the match. 

Unlike how it's been for CSK thus far, where they had invariably ended up in a race against climbing asking-rates, Watson set the tone for this chase early. Helped by two looseners from Sheldon Cottrell in the opening over itself, Watson got CSK going with a couple of boundary hits that helped restore his confidence as well. 

Watson's partner in the record-breaking partnership, du Plessis, too acknowledged CSK's guiding principle of placing their faith in their men wholeheartedly. 

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