Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings defeated Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets in the IPL-13 match on Sunday. This was the final match of the league stage for both teams. With the defeat, the Punjab team’s hopes of reaching the playoffs also came to an end.
Gaikwad, the man of the match, scored his third consecutive half-century in the season. Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis (48) added 82 runs for the first wicket. Then formed a 72-run unbeaten partnership with Ambati Rayudu (30 *). Rayudu returned unbeaten after 30 runs with the help of 2 fours in 30 balls.
Gaikwad had earlier scored 72 against KKR and an unbeaten 65 against RCB in Dubai. He said after the match, ‘I was scoring well in the domestic circuit in every format, so I was feeling confident. I had to be the anchor, make sure the team wins and I stay at the crease till the end. Initially practiced with the team but it was difficult for me to miss a few matches but the management and every teammate made sure that I was positive.