INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE 2019
Harbhajan ended with figures of three for 20 as CSK beat RCB by seven wickets © BCCI
“Not numerous us noticed that coming… He [Dhoni] acquired one on us tonight,” was AB de Villiers’s observations when he was miked up throughout the second innings of the match. They have been solutions to particular questions posed to him concerning the pitch on the MA Chidambaram Stadium for the opening recreation of IPL 2019. CSK gained the sport by seven wickets after bowling RCB out for simply 70, equalling their second-lowest rating within the match. However the story of the sport was the pitch and the way the 2 groups learn it that proved to be the largest distinction within the recreation.
The Harbhajan trick
He wasn’t anticipated to be the largest risk within the build-up to the sport however not solely did MS Dhoni pull a quick one by together with him however topped it up by opening the assault with him after selecting to bowl. And Harbhajan responded in model, first stifling Virat Kohli, who finally dragged one to deep mid wicket after a 12-ball 6. Moeen Ali acquired in a slog-sweep for six in opposition to the spinner earlier than his onerous arms resulted in a easy return catch. Even AB de Villiers could not get a cling of the pitch rapidly sufficient, presenting probabilities off consecutive deliveries and giving Jadeja his second catch of the night time after being dropped by Tahir.
Together with his Three for 20, Harbhajan had sparked panic throughout the RCB line-up whereas additionally presenting a template for his bowlers – to bowl flatter trajectories and good lengths. If the flip did not get the batsmen then the tempo, or lack of it, did them in.
A pitch that sticks
CSK’s coach, Stephen Fleming, had reckoned that the pitch had modified drastically from the time they performed a observe recreation on it a few days in the past. MS Dhoni wasn’t certain of the way it’d play on the toss, and defined that his determination to bowl first was due to this doubt. Kohli anticipated dew to return in at some stage later within the recreation and went in with simply two spin choices whereas CSK went within the different route. After Harbhajan’s preliminary burst, they bowled 13 extra overs of spin to make sure that the strain was by no means off RCB. There was flip, there was slowness off the deck and every part in it going in opposition to onerous hitting. However, maybe a rating of 130 would have nonetheless been difficult had somebody acquired caught in for RCB.
The slide that by no means stopped
RCB by no means acquired anybody to stay round with Parthiv Patel (29). After Harbhajan’s burst, Shimron Hetmyer ran himself out on debut whereas Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja bowled nicely in tandem to tighten the screws in opposition to the decrease order. The previous few recognised batsmen, Colin de Grandhomme (caught behind in opposition to Jadeja) and Shivam Dubey (caught at slip in opposition to Tahir) did little of observe to quell the spin-charge, leaving Patel in an unenviable place of batting with the tail, which was merely disregarded.
A spirited defence however to no avail
The goal being as little as it was, left Kohli with no choice however to go for the kill from the primary over. He opened with spin in Chahal and located a spirited Navdeep Saini to roughen up Shane Watson on the different finish. Watson’s 10-ball duck was an early ‘win’ for RCB however Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina prevented extra hiccups with a 32-run stand that put CSK on their approach to a cushty win.
The win was additionally made sweeter by Suresh Raina turning into the primary ever participant to attain 5000 runs within the IPL.
The place they go subsequent
Chennai’s subsequent fixture will probably be an ‘away’ one in opposition to the revamped Delhi Capitals on Tuesday (March 26) whereas Bangalore go house to face one other IPL heavyweight in Mumbai Indians after a four-day hole.
Transient Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 70 (Parthiv Patel 29; Harbhajan Singh Three-20, Imran Tahir Three-9) misplaced to Chennai Tremendous Kings 71/Three (Ambati Rayudu 28) by 7 wickets