Kings XI Punjab crashed out of IPL 2020 with a loss to the Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
KXIP headed into the big tie on Sunday, facing a must-win situation after having made a dramatic turnaround, winning 5 of their last 6 matches. KXIP would have all but sealed a spot in the top 4 had they won against CSK but on the big day, Rahul's men came up with a disappointing performance.
Chennai Super Kings, themselves out of contention for a play-off spot, took the KXIP out with them as they raced away to a comfortable 9-wicket win, as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis gunned down a below-par target of 154 in just 18.5 overs.
With the win, Chennai Super Kings have finished their ordinary season with a spark towards the end, winning 3 on the trot. CSK also have given themselves a chance to avoid the wooden spoon as the loser of Sunday's 2nd match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders might finish last on IPL 2020 points table.
Disappointed to lose but that's how IPL goes, says KL Rahul
KXIP skipper KL Rahul admitted that the franchise only have themselves to blame after Sunday’s loss.
“We didn't bat really well today. Big pressure game and we expected 180-190 on the board, unfortunately we couldn't soak in the pressure and get a big total. Disappointed but that's how IPL goes.
“We didn't have results going our way in the first half. The team still felt we were playing good cricket. We were patchy at times with the bowling and the batting didn't come together in the first half, we started doing well in the second half and really proud that we gave ourselves an opportunity to come into the top four.
“Unfortunate that today and yesterday's game didn't go our way but proud of the team. Hopefully we come back stronger next year and forget this year.
“If you look back at it, we had a lot of games in our pocket but we couldn't get over the line. We only have ourselves to blame.”