Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have finally got off the mark as they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 23 runs in Match 22 of IPL 2022 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. Blistering and devastating half-centuries from Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa and a four-wicket haul from spinner Maheesh Theekshanna ensured the Men in Yellow continued its domination over the Bangalore-based franchise.
Talking about how the southern derby panned out, Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to field first. RCB made two changes as Josh Hazlewood and Suyash Prabhudessai replaced David Willey and Harshal Patel respectively. CSK kept the same playing XI from the last match as they looked for their first victory. Ruturaj Gaikwad’s dismal show in the ongoing campaign continued as the orange cap winner from last season managed just 17 runs.
He has now amassed 35 runs with an average of 7.00 in the five matches so far. Moeen Ali mustered just three runs before former RCB players Dube and Uthappa began the show. The former slammed 95* off 46 deliveries with five fours and eight sixes while Uthappa scored 88 off 50 balls which included four fours and nine maximums.
The pair stitched the second-highest partnership of 165 runs for any wicket for CSK and also the highest third-wicket stand in IPL history as CSK raced away to a massive total of 216/4 in the 20 overs. Akash Deep was the most expensive bowler for Du Plessis’ side as he leaked 58 runs in his four-over spell. The four-time champions also registered their highest total ever against RCB. Chasing a mammoth target of 217, RCB got off to the worst possible side as they lost captain Du Plessis and Virat Kohli for just eight and one run respectively.
Glenn Maxwell scored 26 while Shahbaz Ahmed mustered 41 runs. Debutant Prabhudesai was impressive with his 18-balls 34-run knock. Dinesh Karthik kept fighting as the wicketkeeper batter struck 34 runs off just 14 balls with two fours and three sixes. Theekshana shone with the ball with the Sri Lankan spinner picking up four wickets for 33 runs in his four overs. CSK got the job done at the end to collect two points and open their account in the season. For his scintillating knock, CSK’s highest run-getter this campaign, Shivam Dube was declared the Player of the Match.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from Match 22 between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2022:
1 – Shivam Dube registered his highest score (95*) in the IPL. His previous best was 57* against CSK in 2021.
1 – Robin Uthappa also recorded his best score (88) in the IPL. His previous highest was 87 against Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017.
6 – Glenn Maxwell got dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja for the sixth time in the league, which is the most he has been out against. Amit Mishra and Jasprit Bumrah both have accounted for his wicket five times each.
1 – Dube and Uthappa scripted the highest third-wicket partnership (165) in the history of the league. The previous highest was 157 by Kumar Sangakkara and Cameron White against Pune Warriors India in 2012.
101 – Mohammed Siraj has now conceded 101 runs in six overs with an economy rate of 16.83 in slog overs this season.
2 – Dube and Uthappa also registered the second-highest partnership (165) for any wicket for CSK. The best partnership record of 181* is held by Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson against Punjab Kings in 2020.
7.00 – Ruturaj Gaikwad has now scored 35 runs with an average of just 7.00 in five innings this season.
3 – CSK hammered the third-best score of 156 in the last ten overs in the league’s history. RCB scored 172 against Gujarat Lions in 2016 and Punjab Kings (PBKS) 162 against CSK in 2014.
3 – CSK smashed 17 sixes for the third time in an IPL inning. They slammed as many maximums against RCB in 2018 and RR in 2010.
1 – CSK achieved the highest team total of 216/4 this season. They surpassed Delhi Capital’s score of 215/5 which they notched up against Kolkata Knight Riders.
4 – CSK scripted their fourth successive win against RCB.
1 – Dinesh Karthik got dismissed for the first time in five innings this campaign.
1 – Dube equaled Murali Vijay and both are now at the joint top for scoring the highest individual score (95) in matches between RCB and CSK.
1 – Dube and Uthappa also recorded the highest partnership (165) for any wicket this IPL campaign. The previous best was by Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli (118) against PBKS.
1 – CSK also scripted their biggest total (216/4) against RCB in the league. Their previous best was 208/5 in the year 2012.
1 – CSK equaled RCB and both the teams are now at the joint-top position for scoring 200 runs most times (21) in the tournament.