The Chennai Super Kings tamed Royal Challengers Bangalore in match number 35 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season. RCB lost a second match in succession since IPL’s resumption in the UAE. They had been beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders in their first match. Asked to bat first, RCB managed 156/6 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Dwayne Bravo was terrific for CSK, giving away just 24 runs from four overs and claiming three wickets. In response, every CSK batsmen from 1-6 chipped in with useful contributions. CSK chased down the target in just 18.1 overs (157/4). With this win, CSK have moved to number one in the table. RCB are still third with 10 points. CSK have 14 points, the same as DC but have a superior NRR.
In this article, we present an analysis of which team fared how across the powerplay, middle and death overs.
The powerplay overs (1-6) saw CSK start with pacers as they bowled all six overs. RCB took the initiative and slammed 55 runs in the PP overs. Josh Hazlewood gave 22 runs from his three overs as Deepak Chahar proved to be costly, conceding 23 from just two. Shardul Thakur gave away 10 runs from one solitary over. RCB skipper Virat Kohli slammed a 21-ball 33 and Devdutt Padikkal hammered a 15-ball 21.
On the other hand, CSK were no less. They had a better display, scoring four more runs than RCB as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis did well. Ruturaj scored a 15-ball 28 and Faf mustered 28 from 22 balls. RCB bowled five overs of pace and one of spin. Navdeep Saini failed to settle down, conceding 25 runs from his two overs. Notably, both teams hammered eight boundaries. It was an even powerplay for both sides.
The middle overs (7-15) was the turning point. RCB managed 63/1 in these nine overs in the middle phase. What CSK did well was to keep the run flow in check. Virat struggled to find the momentum after doing so well in the first six overs. He scored 20 of 20 deliveries in the middle overs. Meanwhile, Padikkal scored 36 runs and was the busier of the two. Dwayne Bravo bowled an excellent 14th over, dismissing Kohli and conceding just three. Shardul followed it with four in the 15th over. CSK came back to tie RCB down.
CSK started slowly in the middle overs, scoring 19 from the first four overs (7-10) and losing two wickets. However, the next three overs saw CSK capitalise. They hit 34 runs, including three sixes. The next two overs saw them scoring 13 runs for the loss of one wicket. CSK managed 66 runs in total in these nine overs, staying above RCB by a whisker once again.
Death overs (16-20) are extremely crucial in terms of acceleration. RCB started well, getting 13 off Hazlewood in the 16th over. However, Shardul changed the complexion by claiming two wickets in the next over. He got AB de Villiers and Padikkal to hurt RCB. The Challengers scored nine in that over and managed another 10 in the 18th. The last two overs belonged to CSK. RCB lost one wicket and managed four singles in the 19th over. They lost two more scalps and scored just two in the final over. RCB managed just 38 from the last five overs.
Meanwhile, CSK faced just 19 balls in the death overs and collected 32 runs. They scored 9, 11 and 10 from the 16th to the 18th over, losing one wicket. The 19h over saw CSK complete the job with just one ball faced.
CSK’s mastery in the death overs with the ball was a major difference. Till then, both teams were at par in both PP and middle overs. RCB lost the plot completely in the final overs as CSK executed their game plan to perfection.