CSK VS. RCB: Highlights, Dhoni Masterclass


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The 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League is full of action. We are seeing a lot of unexpected upsets, massive scores on the board, and big, big hits. Ever since day one, the fans have been in for a treat watching their favorite teams play and win the matches. This year’s format is even more exciting as two new teams have been added to the roster now- Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

Today we will talk about the game where Chennai Super Kings defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 23 runs.

The Game

Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube’s whirlwind third-wicket partnership propelled Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) to a score of 216/4. This was an excessive amount for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batters. RCB lost Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, and Anuj Rawat within the powerplay. Glenn Maxwell seemed like he was connecting his shots, but he too had to steer after being dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja. Dube ended the CSK innings unbeaten on 95 off 46 balls, while Uthappa smashed 88 off 50 balls. The pair put up a whopping 165 runs off 74 balls, coming together when the score was 36/2 and separating when CSK had crossed 200. Earlier, former CSK opener Faf du Plessis, who is leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) this season, won the toss and chose to bowl first at the DY Patil Stadium. The out of form Ruturaj Gaikwad had an honest start but fell on 17 to former CSK pacer Josh Hazlewood. Moeen Ali fell because of a sensational fielding effort from RCB debutant Suyash Prabhudessai. RCB looked on top at the time, but Uthappa and Dube took off then.

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Dhoni Masterclass

CSK posted a mammoth 216/4 on the board. RCB needed its star batters, Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli, to urge an enormous score and lay the inspiration for the chase. But that did not happen as captain du Plessis went back within the third over.

This brought Virat Kohli to the center, and former CSK captain MS Dhoni, who has been aiding new skipper Ravindra Jadeja with field placements from time to time, immediately swung into action. Dhoni has played closely with Kohli for quite a decade now and knows how the batter responds to certain deliveries.

In mind, Dhoni put a fielder at deep square leg for the attempted pull shot. This is something Virat deploys very often against the short delivery. Because it clothed, Kohli played the pull shot on the immediate delivery of the fifth over. Bowled by Mukesh Choudhary, Shivam Dube caught the ball at deep mid-wicket . The whole process of Dhoni setting the sector for Kohli went on to be explained in commentary later.

There are many sports in the world. Some people likes football, and others likes cricket or basketball. But I love to play cricket because it is a game of gentalman. I am a left-handed batsman and a left-arm orthodox bowler. I played an inter-college tournaments. Also, I represented my college cricket team as vice captain. Ms. Dhoni is my idol, and the Chennai Super Kings are my all-time favourite franchise. 

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