Chennai Tremendous Kings 71 for Three (Rayudu 28, Chahal 1-6) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 70 (Parthiv 29, Tahir Three-9, Harbhajan Three-20) by 7 wickets
Chennai Tremendous Kings’ publicity groups prefer to name the MA Chidambaram Stadium the “lion’s den”, however nobody marketed the minefield that awaited the season opener for this IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore walked in unsuspectingly, choosing in all their innocence simply the 2 spinners whereas Tremendous Kings had been stacked with three spinners plus two part-time spinners. Because it occurred, between them the Tremendous Kings spinners took eight wickets, the very best such quantity in IPL, and Royal Challengers had been bowled out for 70, the sixth-lowest rating in IPL historical past.
Not simply the administration, Royal Challengers’ batsmen additionally misinterpret the circumstances and did not alter their par whole on the fly. Regardless of spin’s position early within the innings, they nonetheless stored going for large photographs versus seeking to bat by means of the innings. It was a failing AB de Villiers himself admitted to in an on-field interview throughout the chase; a ball after he was dropped within the discipline, he perished making an attempt to hit a six.
This failure to regulate would have harm Royal Challengers all of the extra after they noticed even the Tremendous Kings batsmen battle. One other spinner or one other 30 runs, and who is aware of?
We have been anticipating you, Mr Singh
Since he final performed for Tremendous Kings within the first qualifier of final yr’s IPL, Harbhajan Singh had performed solely three Twenty20 video games for no wicket. To accommodate him – zero T20 wickets to his identify within the final 10 months – Tremendous Kings sat Faf du Plessis out and performed solely three abroad gamers. Whether or not it was the pitch or the abundance of left-hand batsmen within the Royal Challengers’ line-up, solely Dhoni can inform.
With Deepak Chahar bowling a decent spell on the different finish, Harbhajan took out the cream of Royal Challengers’ batting: Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and de Villiers. Just for the third time within the IPL, the primary eight overs had been bowled out by simply two bowlers. Chahar stored it tight with figures of Four-Zero-17-Zero, and Harbhajan did the injury with Four-Zero-20-Three.
Within the fourth over, Kohli fell to the frustration of dot balls and holed out to deep midwicket. Moeen received one which stopped on him and bounced. At the beginning of the eight over, de Villiers went to comb Harbhajan, just for the highest edge to be dropped by Imran Tahir at nice leg. The following ball was barely quick, and de Villiers went for the pull, giving Ravindra Jadeja his second catch. Royal Challengers 38 for Three.
There was a whole lot of anticipation across the debut of Shimron Hetmyer, who has made himself a reputation for being an influence hitter towards spin. He had a special job at this time, however the nerves had been palpable. He started his day on the non-striker’s finish, and did not ship Parthiv Patel again when there was no single accessible.
He survived this one, however two balls later he pushed the ball straight to quick cowl and ran off. Parthiv was having none of it, and Hetmyer was run out for a duck on debut. Royal Challengers 39 for Four in eight overs.
Tahir runs amok
Fairly actually. The pitch provided him prodigious flip, and Imran Tahir was nigh unplayable along with his depraved concoction of quick legbreaks, mistaken ‘uns and flippers. He took wickets along with his second, seventh and 16th balls, and ran all around the MA Chidambaram Stadium in celebration. He had figures of Four-1-9-Three on the finish.
Ravindra Jadeja on the different finish was not half dangerous, getting Colin de Grandhomme caught on the wicket and flattening Umesh Yadav’s off stump. Parthiv got here near registering a doubtful distinction – for the crew – of carrying his bat, however was the final man out, caught at sq. leg off the primary ball from Dwayne Bravo. Nonetheless, he was the one man to enter double figures.
Minor scare however Rayudu anchors chase
Royal Challengers had no alternative however to search for wickets and use spin to that finish. They opened with Yuzvendra Chahal, who despatched Shane Watson again for a duck. This was a troublesome pitch, it was plain to see. Ambati Rayudu, although, batted neatly, choosing his targets – usually tempo – and did sufficient to see his aspect by means of. There was sufficient time for Suresh Raina to get 19 and turn into the primary man to 5000 IPL runs.