Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) v/s Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

Chennai Super Kings

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This IPL 2020 match played on the 25th October 2020 saw Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight wickets in Dubai International Stadium. The RCB team managed a score of 145 runs for 6 wickets and CSK crossed the target with eight balls to spare.

The RCB team won the toss and elected to bat but unfortunately, lost 2 wickets early within 7 overs. Virat Kohli with 50 runs and AB de Villiers with 39 runs tried their level best to stabilise the innings to a certain extent, but this did not seem to work out. Finally, the CSK team were able to restrict the RCB team to 145 runs for only 6 wickets after 20 overs. This was with the help of Sam Curran, who gave 19 runs for 3 wickets and Deepak Chahar who gave only 31 runs and took 2 wickets. The CSK team were off to a good start but RCB team managed to strike back with the wicket of Faf du Plessis. From then on there was a steady partnership between Ruturaj Gaikwad, who made 65, and Ambati Rayadu, who made 39.

In the tournament of the IPL2020, quick bowlers have proved to be effective by cranking up their speeds. On Sunday, the pitch was slow. The CSK team understood the pitch and used 130kph as the ‘cut off’ speed. The trio, Chahar, Curran and Monu Kumar bowled almost 25 balls that were below the mark, this was off the 54 deliveries. Chahar managed to get De Villiers with a knuckle ball of 120kph. Slower balls, bowling cutters, and also at hard lengths meant that the batsmen of the RCB team had to ensure that they manufactured their own pace. This was not possible for them.

The trio bowlers of the RCB, Mohammed Siraj, Chris Morris and Navdeep Saini, did not take the pace off. The combination of the restrictions of the powerplay and the pace of the ball meant that the CSK team managed to get off to a fast start. Morris and Saini continued bowling full tilt most of the time, while Siraj tried a few slower ones. This was in the 12th over, when the CSK team was 91 for 1 and required only 55 runs of 54 balls.

How long did Monu Kumar had to wait?

Though Kumar was chosen for the CSK team in 2018, he never really got the chance of proving his worth since then. He bowled only 2 overs and gave off 20 runs. This included one no-ball and 3 wides. The free hit that was due to the no-ball, Kumar managed to nail a leg-stump yorker to Villiers and kept him to a single. According to Eric Simmons, the coach, the yorker was one delivery that Kumar was extremely confidence about.

Ruturaj Gaikwad managed to keep up to the faith the CSK team had in him and remained unbeaten on 65 runs off 51 balls.