Chennai Super Kings (CSK) came up with a clinical all-round show to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets in match 35 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Sharjah on Friday. CSK put RCB into bat after winning the toss. Devdutt Padikkal (70) and Virat Kohli (53) got RCB off to a brilliant start, adding 111 for the opening wicket. However, man of the match Dwayne Bravo (3 for 24) and Shardul Thakur (2 for 29) claimed key scalps as CSK staged a fightback and restricted RCB to 156 for 6. Ruturaj Gaikwad (38), Faf du Plessis (31), Moeen Ali (23) and Ambati Rayudu (32) then combined to play good cameos as CSK got home in 18.1 overs. Here are three unexpected things that happened during the game.
- Deepak Chahar being taken apart at the start
CSK pacer Deepak Chahar is renowned as someone who keeps things very tight even if he is not taking wickets. He has a brilliant career economy rate of 7.64 in the IPL. Even in the ongoing edition, his economy rate was under eight at the start of the match against RCB. However, Chahar proved rather expensive in his first two overs, allowing the opposition openers to get off to a rollicking start.
Chahar began by bowling an uncharacteristically poor first ball down the leg side, which was clipped by Virat Kohli for four. The next ball was flicked over midwicket for another boundary. The over ended with Devdutt Padikkal driving one through covers as RCB got three fours in six balls. Chahar went for two more boundaries in his second over as Bangalore got off to a raging start after losing the toss. As for Chahar, he had conceded 23 in his first two overs.
2. ABD coming into bat at No. 3
There are no two ways about the fact that AB de Villiers is the most destructive batter in RCB’s line-up. However, the franchise refused to send him up the order irrespective of what happened during their innings in the first half of IPL 2021 in India. Whether RCB got off to a good start or were in trouble early on, RCB did not promote De Villiers in the batting order. He was constantly batting at No. 5, after Rajat Patidar and Glenn Maxwell.
As such, it was a pleasant surprise to see ABD walking into bat at the No. 3 position in the match against CSK. After being asked to bat, RCB openers Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal added 111 for the first wicket in 13.2 overs. Kohli was dismissed for 53 to end a brilliant opening stand. De Villiers, who was bowled for a golden duck against KKR, ended up scoring 12. The South African legend hit an impressive six but was dismissed soon after. The move may not have worked but it was definitely a positive one.
3. Kohli bringing on Maxwell, who gets a big wicket
RCB skipper Kohli made another interesting move when he introduced part-time off-spinner Glenn Maxwell in the 10th over of the innings. Bangalore had just broken the opening partnership between Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis, when Yuzvendra Chahal foxed the former and had him brilliantly caught by the captain, who took a diving catch at backward point.
Off his very first ball, Maxwell sent back the other set opener Du Plessis. The South African batter attempted a sweep of the spinner. However, the ball bounced a little more than expected and Du Plessis only managed to miscue the ball into the hands of a short fine leg. From 71 for no loss, CSK were suddenly 71 for 21. There was a glimmer of hope for RCB when the two wickets fell. However, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali and Suresh Raina played fine cameos to lift CSK to victory.