Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa’s brilliant strokeplay was complemented by a stellar performance from the spinners, as the Chennai Super Kings claimed a 23-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore to open their account in the 15th IPL on Tuesday. Invited to strike, Dube (95 not out) and Uthappa (88 on 50 balls) conjured up unbeaten half-centuries, hitting 17 sixes and 9 fours between them en route to a standings of 165 runs – the overall highest for the third wicket and the highest of this season – to take CSK to an impressive 216 for 4.
In response, RCB was limited to 193 for nine, with young spinner Maheesh Theekshana (4/33) and skipper Ravindra Jadeja (3/39) running aground with seven wickets between them in CSK’s 200th IPL game.
With this win, the defending champions finally beat their four-match loss, while for Bangalore it was just their second loss in five matches.
After an unlikely 217, RCB skipper Faf du Plessis (8), who became Theekshana’s first victim, and star butcher Virat Kohli (1), who was removed by Mukesh Choudhary, lost within the first five overs.
Anuj Rawat (12) in form also fell within the powerplay after Theekshana was caught for the wicket.
The 21-year-old spinner from Sri Lanka, who was selected for Rs 70 lakh at the mega auction, then cleaned up debutant Suyash Prabhudessai (34) and Shahbaz Ahmed (41), who tried to take the game deep with her rapid 60 -run stand off 33 balls.
Theekshana castle Prabhudessai, after the ball hit the inside edge and collided in the middle stump and then used the carrombal to fire Ahmed and conclude a match-winning spell under the lights.
Dinesh Karthik did make a shock with his 14-balls 34, but that was too bad and too late, as CSK struck a sigh of relief with their first points on the board.
At the beginning, Dube and Uthappa celebrated the RCB attack, and smashed brilliant half-centuries.
Earlier, invited to strike, Uthappa and Dube showed their six strikeout skills as they took the innings after CSK ran at 36 for 2.
While Uthappa’s beat was full of nine sixes and four boundaries, Dube also hit eight sixes and five fours in his unbeaten 46 balls.
Both Dube and Uthappa placed their highest IPL scores to set up the match for defending champions CSK, who are suffering from four consecutive losses and are still looking for their first win this season.
Uthappa took the time to settle down and crossed his first boundary only in the fifth over, a cut-off shot from Mohammed Siraj (0/37), before Akash Deep (0/58) remained for his first maximum in the following.
Uthappa and Dube then increased the ante as they each hit a boundary from Deep and then launched the slender left-hander into Glenn Maxwell (0/29) for his first six over long-up.
The carnage started from the 11th over when the duo went hammer and tongs and CSK ran to 133 for 2 in the 15th over, with 73 runs in the five over.
Dube was brutal on Wanindu Hasaranga (2/35), who bled 13 runs, in the 11th over.
Uthappa and Dube spared no bowler with Maxwell’s earlier striking three seasons in the 13th over, when CSK collected 19 runs.
Continuing with the attack, the duo punished Deep in the 15th over because it rained boundaries and sixes here.
Uthappa intensified the attack after his fifties and launched Siraj, beating him for two sixes and a four in the 17th over, where 18 runs came.
Deep again faced Dube’s brunt, passing two sixes and a boundary in the 18th over, as 200 seemed threatening. Deep bleed 24 runs in the 18th over.
Uthappa missed a deserved hundred when he fell in the penultimate over, yielding 14 runs and then Dube increased the misery of the bowling team by hitting two sixes in the final to finish the innings in style.
CSK lost Ruturaj Gaikwad (17) and Moeen Ali (3) cheap. But then it was the Uthappa and Dube show.
RCB missed the services of Harshal Patel, who had left the bio-bubble after the death of his sister on Saturday.
The RCB players wore black bracelets during the match to show solidarity with Patel and his family.
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