Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 22nd Match (N), DY Patil, April 12, 2022, Indian Premier League
Match Result: Super Kings won by 23 runs
Player of the Match: Shivam Dube
Match Report: RCB didn’t get off to a good start. Quite bad in fact. They lost three wickets inside powerplay. Another one an over later. The big names didn’t show up to the party. Fans were expecting a du Plessis, Kohli and Maxwell show. It didn’t quite happen. Karthik gave a scare to the CSK fans, but once he was out, it was all but formality.
Put into bat, Gaikwad again lost his wicket for a low score. The only consolation is that he faced more deliveries. Moeen Ali also failed to score big. He lost his wicket to a big miscommunication between him and Uthappa. But then, we witnessed history. Uthappa and Dube were unstoppable. Their partnership was the second-highest partnership ever for CSK. Somehow players from other franchises perform a lot better when they join CSK. Dube was in RCB previously, had mediocre performance. People were writing Uthappa off, saying his time is up. And then we see this. It’s inspiring how this franchise manages to bring out the best of their players.
First win for the Men in Yellow. The defending champions. And we got to see how much it meant to Jadeja when he took that catch of Dinesh Karthik. It was the joint highest total of this edition of IPL. And the Faf-led men failed to succeed as there was too much work to be done for the batsmen. They still remain quite well placed in the points table.
Faf du Plessis: First of all our 7-8 overs were good. Then 8-14 we tried to bring the spinners on and they played really well. Dube taking on the spinners, they took the momentum they carried from 8-14. That partnership speaks for itself. When you are chasing a big score you have to have a good start. One of the first four setting up the foundation, we didn’t have that tonight. Good bowling from Chennai, they used their spinners well on a pitch that had some grip. We lost momentum with wickets, but we came back well. That shows the depth in our batting. Just shows you when you play a match like tonight.
Ravindra Jadeja: First of all, this is the first victory as a captain ever. I would like to dedicate to my wife and also the team because first victory is always special. Previous four games, we couldn’t cross the line. But as a team, we came good. As a batting unit, everybody did a good job. Robbie and Shivam batted brilliantly. The bowlers contributed with the ball as well. Our management don’t put pressure on me, they are relaxed, they always come to me and motivate. As a captain, I am still picking brains of the senior players.
Mahi bhai is there, I always go to him and discuss. Moulding into a new role, it’ll take time to get things going. I am still learning and trying to get better with each game. We have plenty of experience in our dressing room. Experience comes into play, we don’t panic early. We try to keep ourselves calm, we back ourselves and we look to play positive cricket. We’ll look to push hard, we’ve got the momentum, we’ll try and continue the momentum.
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