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IPL 2015 CSK vs RCB: Nehra’s Magic Gives CSK Comfortable Win

By on April 23, 2015

Chennai Super Kings 181 for 8 (Raina 62, Chahal 3-40) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 154 for 8 (Kohli 51, Nehra 4-10) by 27 runs…

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s much-vaunted batting might disintegrated in the face of Chennai Super Kings’ brilliant fielding in their needle IPL T20 clash in front of a capacity crowd at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday. RCB, chasing 182 for a win were restricted to 154 for 8 to leave CSK winners by 27 runs.

The defeat, RCB’s third successive at home, leaves them with just one win from four outings while CSK are sitting pretty with three wins from four matches.

CSK’s fielding on Wednesday was truly outstanding. Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Mohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Smith and Faf Du Pleisis each contributed substantially to the effort to turn the screws on an RCB batting line-up that simply failed to piece together substantial partnerships that might have given CSK a run for the money.

IPL 2015 CSK vs RCB: Suresh Raina

Credits: ESPN CricInfo

The fielders not only kept the pressure firmly on the home team, but also made up for some pretty average bowling from CSK. The lone exception was the left arm medium pacer, veteran Ashish Nehra, whose clever use of angles foxed the batsmen. He came away with fantastic figures of 4 for 10 from his quota of four overs.

It was difficult to identify CSK’s best moment on the field. The run out that dismissed AB De Villiers was brilliant. But so was Faf Du Pleisis catch that dismissed Manvinder Bisla or Smith’s catch of Virat Kohli or Bravo snaring Dinesh Karthik. But in totality their showing was simply awesome.

In between these spectacular fielding displays, Virat Kohli (51; 42b, 4×4, 2×6) played a lone hand for RCB. But it was too little to make a difference.

Earlier, the celestial light and sound show in the form of heavy thunder and lightning which preceded the delayed start of the match seemed tame in comparison to the pyrotechnics of CSK’s left hander Suresh Raina and West Indian opene r Dwayne Smith.

RCB, who opted to field first after the match started 25 minutes late due to rains, seemed to have got their mix right as left arm Australian paceman Mitchell Starc, playing his first IPL match of the season and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal operated with the new ball. The ploy of taking pace off the ball worked when Chahal got rid of the dangerous Brendon McCullum (4) cheaply.

For a while CSK were subdued before Smith (39; 29b, 3×4, 3×6) stuck into medium pacer David Wiese in the 8th over and clobbered him for two towering sixes and one boundary. Skipper Virat Kohli tried to shield left arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah from Raina.

But finally he had to introduce him into the attack and this was the opportunity for Raina to go berserk. He lofted him for massive sixes and continued in the same vein against leg spinner Chahal also.

The Indian limited overs specialist smashed Chahal for three successive sixes before the leg spinner had the last laugh by having him caught in the deep.

That wicket and of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, also by Chahal, helped RCB get back into the match and restrict CSK for a total far lesser than once seemed possible when Raina was going hell for leather. Chahal (3 for 40) did bit for RCB who rung in plenty of changes in their playing eleven.

They left out both their pacemen, Varun Aaron and Abu Nechin Ahmed, and brought in Starc and Harshal Patel instead. Jamaican Chris Gayle sat out the contest and that enabled Mumbai’s Sarfaraz Khan to make his IPL debut.

Source: Times Of India

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