On May 4, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made a remarkable comeback in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, defeating the defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a group round encounter at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune (Wednesday). The two sides competed in a close match. While the Red Army came out on top by 13 runs in the end.
MS Dhoni, the captain of CSK, won the toss and chose to ball first. RCB got off to a fantastic start, with skipper Faf du Plessis and former captain Virat Kohli putting on a 62-run first-wicket stand.
However, both Du Plessis and Kohli were dismissed in the space of 15 deliveries. The Red Army lost the Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in that space too.
Thereafter, Mahipal Lomror and Rajat Patidar stabilised the RCB innings. While wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik smashed some superb shots to help the Red Army reach 173/8 in 20 overs.
CSK openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway gave their team a bright start as they chased 174 to win. However, after Gaikwad’s dismissal, no other CSK hitter was able to stay on the field.
Conway, the Kiwi opener, scored a magnificent half-century. The Yellow Army’s efforts, however, were insufficient to win the match. Harshal Patel, the RCB pacer, was the standout of the bowlers, taking three key wickets and being named Player of the Match.
RCB has moved into the top four teams in the IPL 2022 table after winning yesterday’s match.
CSK’s hopes of qualifying for the playoffs seems impossible now as they stand at 9th spot with 6 points in 10 matches. While RCB sits at 4th spot with 12 points in 11 matches but have played 2 games more than SRH, who sit’s 5th in the league standings.
IPL 2022: RCB defeats CSK by 13 runs – Post Match Reaction
After the match the losing captain MS Dhoni said
“We did well to restrict them to 170-odd runs. I felt in the later half it (the surface) could be better and we had to get off to a good start, everything was up to the mark and what let us down was the batsmanship”.
“We need to keep looking about what went wrong, it is easy to get distracted with how many points you have, it is the mistakes and it is the process that matters rather than where you are positioned in the points table.”
Meanwhile, the winning captain Faf du Plessis said
“We definitely needed that. We put up a decent total. We are moving in the right direction. We have been very good in the bowling department. I thought 165 was a par score on that and anything above that was a bonus.”
“Need to keep playing the positive brand of cricket. Once you get an opportunity to think of the run rate in a match, you will be able to put on the gas and go for it.”
What’s next for Bangalore and Chennai?
With only 3 games remaking for RCB, they will have to win at least 2 to be in a position to qualify for the playoffs. The Royals from Bangalore will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next match on super Sunday’s 1st fixture.
While CSK will play against Delhi Capitals in the 2nd game of Super Sunday on 8th May.