Match 25 of the Indian Premier League was played between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Dubai. RCB won the toss and elected to bat first. CSK made one change to their side from their loss against Kolkata Knight Riders. Narayan Jagadeesan came in place of Kedar Jadhav. While RCB made two changes to their playing eleven after suffering a defeat in their last match against Delhi Capitals. Chris Morris replaced Moeen Ali while Gurkeerat Mann came in place of Mohammed Siraj.
Slow start by RCB in the first powerplay
CSK started with Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran against opening pair of Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch. Chahar and Curran gave away 2 and 9 runs respectively in the first two overs. Finch looked utterly out of sorts in his stay at the crease and was bowled by an inswinging delivery from Chahar in the third over. Virat Kohli came to bat at 3, however, CSK restricted the scoring rate in the first 5 overs. RCB could only manage to score 14 runs from 3-5 overs. Padikkal and Kohli hit a boundary each in the 6th over to reach the score of 36 with a loss of 1 wicket.
Economical bowling by CSK in the middle overs
Kohli and Padikkal began to build a partnership while steadily scoring runs after the powerplay overs. RCB scored their first six of the innings in the 10th. Padikkal hit Karn Sharma’s ball over the long-on boundary for a 94 meter six. However, he failed to convert the good start into a big score as he was caught at mid-off by Du Plessis off Shardul Thakur’s bowling. Thakur took an important wicket of AB Devillers in the same over. RCB were reduced to 63 for 3 at the end of 11 overs. Washington Sunder showed some intent, however, his innings was short lived as he was caught behind in Sam Curran’s over. RCB lost 4 wickets at the score 94 at the end of 15 overs.
RCB scored heavily in the last 5 overs.
Virat Kohli and Shivam Dube started their onslaught while scoring 8 and 14 runs from 16th and 17th over. Virat Kohli showed his aggressive side when he and Dube hammered 24 runs off Sam Curran’s over. Kohli hit two glorious sixes with one over long-on and other over square leg. Shardul Thakur over costed Chennai 14 runs in the 19th over. Dwayne Bravo bowled the last over for CSK and RCB managed to score 14 runs off that over. RCB ended their innings at score of 169/4.
Early wickets by RCB hurt CSK’s run chase
Faf Du Plessis and Shane Watson opened the innings for CSK while Chris Morris opened the bowling for RCB. CSK could only score 4 runs of the first over when Watson sent the 3rd delivery to the square leg boundary. Navdeep Saini bowled an exceptional 2nd over giving away only 2 runs and troubling the batsmen with his pace bowling. CSK could only manage 7 and 6 runs from Isuru Udana’s and Washington Sunder’s overs while losing the wicket of Du Plessis. Sunder took another wicket in the sixth over when he cleaned up Shane Watson while he was attempting a sweep shot. CSK ended at a score of 26/2 after their 6 overs.
RCB bowlers kept the pressure on CSK in the middle overs
Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sunder gave 4 and 5 runs respectively in the next 2 overs. Rayudu scored a boundary in the next over as Isuru Udana conceded 9 runs. Chris Morris and Yuzvendra Chahal kept Chennai’s batsman quiet by bowling economical overs. CSK could only score 4 boundaries in the first 10 overs. CSK started with a boundary on the first ball in the 11th over. However, they could only manage 3 runs from next 5 deliveries. They ended with a score of 63/2 after 12 overs with still requiring 107 runs to win.
Chahal conceded 12 runs off his third over with Jagadeesan punishing him for two boundaries. CSK started playing big shots in Shivam Dube’s over after strategic timeout. They were able to hit 2 boundaries in that over while scoring 14 runs of it. However, Morris ran Jagadeesan out with a direct hit when the later tried stealing a quick single in the next over. Dhoni entered the crease at number 5 with CSK requiring 81 runs from 35 deliveries. CSK ended their 15 overs with a score of 96-3.
Good bowling performance helped RCB defend 169
Dhoni hit a humungous six over deep long-on in Chahal’s final over. However, he didn’t last long as he was caught at boundary trying to clear deep long-off. Sam Curran perished in the next over without troubling the scorers as he was caught behind off Chris Morris’s delivery. Isuru Udana’s Yorker ended Ambati Rayudu’s woeful innings. Bravo and Jadeja succumbed to Morris’s deliveries as he finished with impressive figures of 3-19 off his 4 overs. CSK lost the match by 37 runs as RCB moved to top 4 on the points table.
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