Kings XI Punjab was eliminated from the IPL 2020 playoff race after suffering a comprehensive nine-wicket defeat to Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Sunday. CSK, the first team to exit the playoff race, ended its campaign on a positive note, recording its third successive win.
Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad once again showed his mettle, scoring his third half-century in as many games. His unbeaten 62 off 49 balls (6×4, 1×6) helped CSK chase down 154 with ease. The young opener showed great composure and awareness, even preferring to play second fiddle when Faf du Plessis (48, 34b, 4×4, 2×6) went after the Punjab bowlers. The duo added 82 for the opening wicket.