In the IPL 2022, the Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 23 runs, thanks to a spectacular 165-run stand between Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube. The victory was Chennai’s first in the IPL this season.
At the news conference after the team’s loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad, coach Stephen Fleming remarked, “You have a bit of self-doubt, and the players get a little bit niggly.” CSK, in essence, required a spark of inspiration from one or two participants. With a game-breaking stand, Uthappa and Dube were tasked with giving the spark.
With the side in trouble at 36 for 2 in the seventh over, the duo joined hands. Dube and Uthappa chose to return the assault to the opposition with a couple of boundaries off Akash Deep at that point. CSK might have required a tonic like this to get out of the marshy waters.
Uthappa then went into overdrive in the 13th over, hitting three sixes off Glenn Maxwell. The way he whacked Maxwell from round the wicket over deep midwicket was the highlight of that over. The momentum had switched when CSK scored 58 runs in four overs.
Uthappa then hit a boundary off Akash to bring up his fifty. Dube also brought up his fifty in the same over by slicing one over point. Uthappa showed his flair in the slog overs when he skipped down the track and smacked Mohammed Siraj into the downtown regions, and Dube followed suit by exploring all corners of the pitch while facing Akash and clubbing two sixes and a boundary.
Akash’s series of wides didn’t assist his cause. Uthappa and Dube eventually fell 12 and 5 runs short of their respective tonnes, but the damage had already been done, as CSK concluded with a mammoth total of 216 in 20 overs. At 42 for 3, RCB appeared to be in serious trouble by the end of the powerplay.
Virat Kohli picked out the fielder in the deep on the on-side off Mukesh Choudhary, while Faf du Plessis mishit one-off Mahesh Theekshana too long-on. In the sixth over, Glenn Maxwell tried to put the pressure back on Theekshana and CSK by hitting back-to-back sixes, one of which was flat-batted over long-off.
The spinner, on the other hand, continued to impress by removing Anuj Rawat with a carrom ball in the same over. RCB was on the decline by the time Maxwell was castled by Ravi Jadeja’s arm ball. Suyash Prabhudessai’s adventurous 18-ball 34 was the only bright spot for RCB. He slog-swept Moeen Ali before slamming one through Chris Jordan’s additional cover.
He also displayed some creativity by scooping Jordan for a boundary. He then nailed Jadeja’s sweep and slog-sweep. He was eventually cleaned up by Theekshana’s perseverance. Shahbaz Ahmed scored 41 runs, and in-form Dinesh Karthik took over with a 14-ball 34, but he had too much to do as RCB posted a total of 193/9.
CSK did miss a handful of receptions, but it didn’t cost them the game. Meanwhile, Theekshana concluded with a four-for-thirty-three performance. However, Chennai captain Ravindra Jadeja claims that this is his first victory as a captain, which he dedicates to his wife since the first victory is always memorable, and he feels good about winning after losing the first four games.
He claims that no one in the staff or management puts any pressure on him and that MS Dhoni is always on the field to assist him. Furthermore, they have a lot of expertise in their dressing room, and they stay calm and don’t panic. Shivam Dube was named the Player of the Match. He is overjoyed to have been a part of his team’s first triumph.
He also says that he has been focusing on his fundamentals. He claims that Mahi Bhai has truly helped him improve his game. He claimed he was attempting to time the ball correctly and maintain equilibrium. He’s also claimed that he’ll bat wherever the club needs him.
Edited By: Khushi Thakur
Published By: Shubham Ghulaxe