Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Match 49 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday.
Chasing 179, the Super Kings started pretty well as Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Devon Conway took their side to a flyer. The pair added 54 runs for the opening wicket Shahbaz Ahmed provided the breakthrough by dismissing Gaikwad (28) in the seventh over. RCB didn’t just stop there as in the very next over, they got rid of Robin Uthappa (1) as well.
Conway, meanwhile, looked settled and kept on tickling the scoreboard to ease off the pressure from one end. The left-handed batter carried out his good touch from the previous match and smashed another half-century. As the New Zealand star looked in complete focus to play another big knock, Wanindu Hasaranga sent back Conway to reduce CSK to 109/4 in 14.1 overs.
Conway’s dismissal opened the flood gates as CSK consistently lost wickets to reach 160/8, eventually losing the contest by 13 runs.
Earlier, RCB got off to a good start with Virat Kohli and skipper Faf du Plessis getting past the powerplay without flying colours.
The pair stitched a 62-run stand for the opening wicket before RCB’s batting got derailed, losing three wickets in quick successions. Moeen Ali removed both the openers Kohli (30) and Du Plessis (38), while Glenn Maxwell (3) met an unfortunate run-out as the Challengers were reduced to 79/3 at the halfway stage.
Then, two uncapped players, Mahipal Lomror (42) and Rajat Patidar (21), steadied the innings with crucial contributions before Dinesh Karthik (26 not out) provided a late blitz as RCB posted 173/8 in their assigned 20 overs.
For CSK, Maheesh Theekshana picked up three wickets for 27 runs in his quota of 4 overs, while Moeen bagged a couple while giving away 28 runs in 4 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) May 4, 2022
Back to winning ways on Derby Day! 👊🏻🤩
Extremely crucial 2️⃣ points in the bag. ✅
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) May 4, 2022
RCB back to winning ways. Maxwell’s 2 wickets and Lomror’s 42 runs were the most crucial in this game for them 👏
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 4, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 4, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) May 4, 2022
First win for #RCB against Chennai Super Kings since October 10th, 2020.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 4, 2022
Weird game. Tactically all over the place (tons of spin, but no CSK spin in the Powerplay, holding Theekshana back for DK, Harshal held back more generally, Maxwell bowled out, v only 2 of Siraj), and the big difference being RCB’s finisher (DK) stepped up where CSK’s didn’t.
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) May 4, 2022
MS Dhoni’s first IPL match for CSK (in 2008)
MS Dhoni’s 200th IPL match for CSK (today)
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) May 4, 2022
Hazlewood was brilliant tonight against the team with which he won the IPL last year. Surely one of RCB’s MVPs this year
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) May 4, 2022