Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Du Plessis Laid the Foundation for CSK

Du Plessis Laid the Foundation for CSK

Du Plessis Laid the Foundation for CSK
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Thriller of All Thrillers before Chennai Crowd


Thriller of All Thrillers before Chennai Crowd

The phrase ‘thriller of all thrillers’ is fast losing its meaning in the current IPL tournament. Many matches are thrillers that give full value for the crowd that throng in the stadium and for millions of viewers on TV. But I feel yesterday’s match between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) can aptly qualify for the description of thriller of all thrillers. After the RCB set CSK a high scoring target of 206 to win, it was thought that the match had slipped out of CSK’s hands.

19th Over Swung the Match In Favour Of CSK

Even after CSK made a spirited attempt to chase this total, at the end of the 18th over, the match was still in RCB’s favour. What turned the match in favour of CSK were the 28 runs scored off 19th over bowled by a non-regular bowler Virat Kohli. Daniel Vettori is a seasoned skipped and he does not need lessons to know that deploying a non-regular bowler in the penultimate over of the match could be suicidal for his team. This was what exactly happened. But probably Vettori had trusted Kohli to do the job because in his previous over, Kohli had conceded just 10 runs. But even after scoring 28 runs off the 19th over, CSK’s task was tough with still 15 runs needed off the final over of the match. This was achieved in the midst of a high drama with the $2 million fame Jadeja hitting the winning boundary hit off the last ball of the match.

Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli Regain Forms

The crowd and the viewers were made to sit on the edge of their seats throughout the match. It was a tribute to both the teams to produce such an outstanding match. RCB showed its true worth of possessing many superstars in its team for the first time in the current competition. The openers started with aggression. M Agarwal hit a breezy 45 runs off only 26 balls with five fours and three sixes. Chris Gayle came to his true form and scored 68 runs off 35 balls with two fours and six sixes. Virat Kohli also showed his calibre for the first time in the tournament by scoring 57 runs off 46 balls with five fours and two sixes. Any total above the coveted mark of 200 is a good and match winning one to defend. RCB had done its duty and now it was upto its bowlers to ensure a victory for their side.

Muralitharan Proves That It Is Possible To Bowl Economically Even Under Pressure

Muralitharan Proves That It Is Possible To Bowl Economically Even Under Pressure
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Du Plessis Laid the Foundation for CSK

But here, things went wrong for the RCB. CSK batsmen made merry on the batting track with RCB bowlers receiving no assistance from the pitch and the conditions. The CSK openers put on a half century partnership before Murali Vijay left when the score was at 56. But du Plessis carried on aggressively and scored 71 runs off 46 balls with five fours and four sixes. Raina promised much by hitting some nice shots including a six but before he could settle down, he was dismissed for 23. Captain Dhoni regained his true form by scoring 40 runs off only 24 balls with one four and two sixes. Bravo remained unbeaten with 25 off 15 balls with two fours and one six. Bravo contributed for the CSK victory by hitting a six and a four off the final over of the match. Albie Morkel scored 28 runs off only 7 balls with two fours and three sixes and this really turned the tables in favour of CSK in the 19th over. When CSK won off the last ball of the match, they still had five wickets in hand.

Muralitharan Proves That It Is Possible To Bowl Economically Even Under Pressure

Truly it was team effort that catapulted CSK to a glorious victory in front of its home crowd in Chennai. No single individual could be given credit for this high note performance by CSK. But Albie Morkel’s electric innings could score over others as it came at a crucial time and under tremendous pressure. Muthiah Muralitharan should be complemented for bowling economically when the CSK batsmen were throwing their bats at everything that came their way. Muralitharan finished the match with impressive figures of 4-0-21-3. Had Vettori not selected Kohli for the job of delivering the 19th over, RCB could well have won the match. Du Plessis was adjudged as the man-of-the-match. I would have given the award to Albie Morkel if I had the power.

Non-Inclusion of Fifth Specialist Bowler Cost RCB the Match

This group match between CSK and RCB reminded one of the finals of the last year’s IPL tournament when the CSK opener Murali Vijay scored a thunderous century and won the match for his side. Yesterday’s match possessed all the characteristics of that glorious final. RCB gave importance only to the batting and neglected its bowling department. They were content with four main bowlers Vettori, Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar and Muralitharan. They failed to include the fifth specialist bowler. The two non-regular bowlers Bhatkal and Kohli conceded 71 runs between them and gifted the match to CSK. This is a lesson for Daniel Vettori to learn. It is the bowlers who win matches.

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singhrakeshs 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

the match very interesting in last 2 over. CSK play very well in this match. And Gale is super player in this format.

Vote up and Interesting!!!!!!


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Dear singhrakeshs,

I thank you for your valuable comments. I agree with your views

Best wishes to you,


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indieswebs 4 years ago from Bhavnagar, India

Quite an interesting match to see.

12 balls and 43 runs!!!


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Dear indieswebs,

I thank you for your valuable comments. I agree with you entirely

Best wishes to you,

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