Incredible Fielding Helps Chennai Super Kings Send Royal Challengers Bangalore on the Back Foot

April 23 09:15 2015

csk5New Delhi, Thursday, April 23 – It is never easy for ay team to beat Chennai Super Kings probably for the reason that it is captained by a person who remains calm and composed even when situations are not too favorable.

Post winning the toss against  Chennai Super Kings at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to field first. CSK did not have an ideal start given that Brendon McCullum, the game changer, was out for 4 runs after not succeeding to read the mood of a delivery by Yuzvendra Chahal. But Suresh Raina, the new man on the crease, and the opener Dwayne Smith were in a different frame of mind. They kept on hitting a number of shots. The attacking mode helped CSK gain foothold in the match.

After dismissal of Smith (39 runs off 29 balls; 6 x 3 and 4 x 3) in 8.5 overs, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni came to hold the fort. Start was good as he sent the ball into the fences twice in is short knock of 13 runs and succumbed to Yuzvendra Chahal, who also surprised Raina – the leading scorer from CSK. He struck 6 sixes and 4 fours to score 62 off 32 balls.

Ravindra Jadeja was out for 8. Dwayne Bravo, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohit Sharma pocketed 5, 5 and 2 runs but did not give required support eyed by Faf du Plessis, who stayed unbeaten at 33 runs which came in 18 balls, together with 4 boundaries and a six. Ashish Nehra was not out at zero. After 20 overs and 10 extras, Chennai Super Kings accumulated 181 runs. This wasn’t at all an easy chase in view of the fact that all CSK players hardly give room to the opposition to go for long shots and take quick singles.

Royal Challengers Bangalore had a wobbly start too for the reason that the openers Manvinder Bisla and Rilee Rossouw fell short to Ashish Nehra after attaining 17 runs and 14 runs, respectively. RCB skipper Virat Kohli was back in form and pocketed beautiful half-century, along with 4 x 4 and 6 x 2. The Delhi born players tried is best to stay on the 22 yards pitch as long as possible but wickets continued to fall from other end.

Dinesh Karthik departed post contributing 10 runs, AB de Villiers – the most dangerous player in 50 & 20 over game turned a run out victim when Dwayne Smith did not delay to hit the stumps. This was probably the game changing moment for both the teams as Villiers struck two sixes in his 14-run knock. Sarfaraz Khan was out at 11 runs (6 x 1). David Wiese put forward a good play and achieved 22 runs. Game was already over for them as several runs were to be scored when only few balls remained to be bowled. Harshal Patel was out for a duck while Mitchell Starc was not out at 9 runs. With 8 men down, RCB could just manage to get 154 runs. CSK defeated them by 27 runs.

In another match played yesterday, Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed Defending Champions Kolkata Knight Riders by 16 runs. Rain played spoilsport after Sunrisers put a challenging total of 176 runs on the scoreboard in 20 overs. In the cut-short contest, the winners of Indian Premier League season 7 had to chase 118 runs in 12 overs or make 117 runs for the tie. Rain threat loomed right for the beginning and it was supposed to be a disturbing factor when the match was on. David Warner stole the show as he played incredible knock of 91 runs in just 55 balls, together with nine boundaries and 4 massive sixes. The opener got required support from Shikhar Dhawan who pocketed 54 runs off 46 balls, including 4 fours and a biggie.

Kolkata players tried to put their best foot forward as the wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa scored 34 runs in just 21 balls, sending the ball into the fences twice and hitting huge sixes. Manish Pandey efforts went in vain as his unbeaten inning of 33 runs (4 x 3 & 6 x1). Andre Russell, Yusuf Pathan and Suryakumar Yadav were out at 19, 6 and 2 runs, respectively. In today’s match Delhi Daredevils will take on Mumbai Indians. The contest is going to be highly interesting as both the squads haven’t won too many matches. A victory is what both MI and DD will look forward to. Audiences are keen  to see which group wins the crucial game and ensures to climb up at the points table.  The men in red shirts will have the advantage of playing at home as competition is scheduled to take place at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

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