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CSK crush RCB and continue their good form

CSK crush RCB and continue their good form, The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) seem to be unstoppable in the second phase of the IPL 2021. First MI and now RCB, they have now won both their matches. However, it would be safe to say that today’s win was more clinical Dhoni’s boys were simply sensational in all the departments of the game. It all started with their bowling as the pacers made a superb comeback to restrict RCB to a rather sub-par total.

Their batters then came into their own during the second innings and dominated the proceedings instantly. Gaikwad and Faf started things in a rather calm way and then gave their team a superb platform to chase this rather modest total. How good has Gaikwad been though? He has managed to impress one and all throughout the season.

β€œHappy with the win, but not happy that I couldn’t finish the game. The opening partnership is always important, chasing or setting the target. The new ball was coming onto the bat, so wanted to play good cricket shots. Faf and I compliment each other well. We talk about when to attack when to rotate the strike, which bowler to attack. He knows which bowler I’ll go after and vice versa.” Said Gaikwad after the match. Virat Kohli however was thoroughly dissipated and rightly so. He felt that they were a few runs short.

β€œWe could’ve got 175, that could’ve been a winning total. The pitch had a lot to offer but our bowlers could not make use. They got away with too many boundary opportunities. They bowled well in their back end and executed the yorkers when needed. It was difficult for us to get elevation, and only bad balls could be put away. We then gave too many boundary balls. We spoke of areas we didn’t want them to hit, but we couldn’t do that.

The X-Factor was missing in the first five overs with the ball. But it’s very important to execute balls during the crunch moments. Those few moments… that’s what we failed to capitalize on. We need to get on a winning run again. This game is more disappointing than the first one. We were on top and then gave it all away.” Said Kohli after the loss. RCB have now lost their last 7 matches in the UAE, contrary to CSK who have won their last 5 matches over here.

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CSK crush RCB and continue their good form
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MS Dhoni was might impressed with his team as csk is now on top of the ipl 2021 points table. β€œThey got off to a good start but after ninth over wicket slowed down. You still had to bowl tight, and Jadeja’s spell was important with Padikkal batting from one end. After that Bravo, Josh, Shardul, Deepak was brilliant. It’s always on the back of your mind on which bowler can be effective over here. I had told Moeen before drinks that he would be bowling soon, but then I decided Bravo should bowl.

The more you delay Bravo, the more difficult it is since he will end up bowling four straight overs in these difficult conditions. Our players have worked hard, they have understood their roles and responsibilities. Over here, the three grounds are different. This is the slowest (so far) of all. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are different. So the players have been adapting. Looking at the wicket, I felt the left-right combo was important. We bat deep, we have a lot of left-handers, so in the back of the head, it’s there. And I feel all of them are good enough to play in any position.

That’s why we went with the left-right combination, which may have pushed Raina and Rayudu down. Bravo has turned up fit – that’s a very good thing. And he is executing well. I call him my brother. We always have fights over whether he should bowl the slower ball. But I told him that now everyone knows he bowls slower balls, so I told him to bowl six different balls in one over. Whenever he can, he takes up responsibilities.” Said the skipper MS Dhoni during the post-match presentation. DJ Bravo was rightly awarded as the player of the match for his excellent display of bowling.

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