Struggling Chennai Super Kings and in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore came up at Dr DY Patil Stadium to set the action for the 22nd match of the IPL 2022. Finally, the yellow army operated with their usual rhythm to register their maiden win of the season by 23 runs. Winning the toss, Faf du Plessis called his former side to get the scoreboard moving first, where the yellow army wreaked complete havoc to register the highest score (216) of the season.
The major manpower behind CSK’s scintillating stuff was fiery knocks from Robin Uthappa (88 off 50) and Shivam Dube (95 off 46). Both the batters held the two ends perfectly while smashing bowlers for fun in Navi Mumbai. Wanindu Hasaranga got two wickets under his belt while conceding at 11.70.
CSK get back to flying colours
However, when RCB came to chase, two early breakthroughs in form of Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli meant that their chances have been dented big time. However, in the middle, RCB found itself stable with innings played by Shahbaz Ahmed (41 off 27), Suyash Prabhudessai (34 off 18), and Dinesh Karthik (34 off 14). At a point in time, it started looking doable for RCB when Karthik was hitting before Dwayne Bravo ceased his blitz. Maheesh Theekshana picked four wickets for CSK while the skipper got three to his credit.
Winning skipper, Ravindra Jadeja said
First of all, this is the first victory as a captain ever. I would like to dedicate to my wife 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. Mhai 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.
Losing skipper, Faf du Plessis said
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. You see the value he (Harshal) offers not just to this team but any team. He has got the ability to really stop the game. We missed that tonight. Even towards the end we lacked the variety. Big miss for us, hopefully we will have him back soon again. Impressed by the way the guys coming in on a debut at 5 or 6 and playing like that just shows depth in our bowling. Even though we lost we were only 20 runs short on a total we should have been blown out of order and that is impressive.
Player of the match, Shivam Dube said:
We were looking for the first win and I am really happy that I contributed for the team. It’s a honour for me. I am more focused this time and focusing on basics. I spoke to many seniors – Mahi bhai also helped me to improve the game. He said, ‘Just be focused, just be still, just let the skill work in the game.’ I wanted to time the ball really well. I tried to maintain by balance. Yuvi pa is always a role model for a left-hander. Many people told me that I bat like him. As the situation demands, as the captain and coach tell me, I am ready to bat anywhere.