Gaikwad 65* leads CSK to win by 8 wickets over RCB in Indian Premier League.

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first against Chennai Super Kings(CSK ) in Indian Premier League 2020 in Dubai.

Chennai Super Kings(CSK ) have brought in Mitchell Santner and Monu Kumar, the pacer from Jharkhand. Shardul Thakur and Josh Hazlewood miss out. Meanwhile, RCB is playing Moeen Ali in place of Isuru Udana.

Having already beaten CSK previously in this season, RCB will be trying to continue their winning run.Playing his first game of the season, Mitchell Santner bowled with great control and end Padikkal 22 runs off 21 balls Inning. Sam Curran took Aaron Finch 15 runs off 11 balls wickets.

Despite falling important early wickets, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be trying to stabilise their innings against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).Virat Kohli 50 runs off 43 deliveries and Ab de Villiers 39 runs off 36 deliveries stitch partnership took RCB to 145 losses of 6 wickets.

RCB continued losing wickets and could only handle 20 runs in the final three overs. Curran finished with figures of 3/19, while Chahar took 2/31, as Chennai managed to curb Bangalore to 145/6 in their 20 overs.

Despite losing an early wicket, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have put in a good start to their chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Gaikwad 65*runs off 51 balls and Faf du Plessis 25 runs off 13 balls got Chennai off to a rapid start, Gaikwad, in particular, played some outstanding shots down the ground and maiden his IPL fifty with Ambati Rayudu 39 runs off 27 balls and MS Dhoni 19* runs contribution to achieving the target.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH| Ruturaj Gaikwad: It feels good, more importantly to win the game for the team than the personal milestone. It was tough for me, the extra quarantine. Everyone was with me – my friends, family. I was practicing well and I knew one good knock was just around the corner. Management supported me. The wicket was slow. I was proactive which bowler to target and it worked out well for me.

Virat Kohli: What you saw in the second innings wasn’t a true representation of how the pitch was. They bowled stump to stump. I don’t think we got a ball to drive when we batted. Their spinners kept it tight too. 140+ is a competitive total on that pitch, we were targetting 150. I thought we still could have bowled change of pace and the odd bouncer. We weren’t expressive enough. We let batsmen dictate stuff. You have to be prepared on a given day to do well. All sides have good players, it’s about how you come out onto the park on that particular day. We are playing really good cricket and you have to accept you will lose games here and there.

MS Dhoni | Winning skipper: This was one of the perfect games. The execution was there and we were able to pick wickets regularly to restrict them to a total that’s slightly below par. Spinners have done a very good job. Middle overs we have struggled to take wickets. That could be one of the reasons why we didn’t do well this season. We haven’t been consistent with the bat, today the start was very good. Rutu (Gaikwad) played really well, backed himself to play the shots that he would play than worry about big shots. You do quite a few things, show a bit more emotion (on the happier side) so that the guys don’t panic. Let’s go out there and give it your best shot and enjoy the game whatever the result might be. If you aren’t out there enjoying, it becomes very painful. If we had seen this (on Ruturaj performing well) in the second or the third game we could have got a glimpse. But it’s been tough on Rutu as well. He batted in Chennai, then Covid, the extra quarantine took precious time away from him. He got comfortable with every run today after the single he got.



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