Chennai Super Kings has started the journey of IPL 2019 with a big win. Captain of CSK, MS Dhoni has yet again shown his superb captaincy by picking up Harbhajan in the playing 11. Spinners Jadeja, Tahir, and Harbhajan Singh bowled superb spells. Harbhajan named as the Man of the match award for his sincere bowling against RCB. CSK totally dominated RCB in the tournament opener.
CSK Spinners Dominated RCB And Won The Season Opener by 7 WIckets
This is all Chennai could have stretched this. However dreadful the track might have looked for a T20, RCB’s 70 all-out was no excuse. Still, to spice things up they’d have needed some really quick wickets up front. But no, it wasn’t to be.
Watson scratched around before Chahal cleaned him up, but then Rayudu and Raina were willing to scrap it out, do something none of Bangalore’s batsmen apart from Parthiv could and killed it with their stand. Also, the fact that there were only two spinners when compared to Chennai’s four (and one who didn’t bowl) didn’t help their cause either.
Chahal was a challenge, but with the asking rate just not troubling, the batsmen had all the time in the world to only play him out. Just to imagine how further embarrassing it could have been had CSK not fumbled around in the field and let out quite a few easy runs.
MS Dhoni pulls a fast one by including Harbhajan but topped it up by opening the attack with him after choosing to bowl. And Harbhajan responded in style, first stifling Virat Kohli, who eventually dragged one to deep mid wicket after a 12-ball 6.
Moeen Ali got in a slog-sweep for six against the spinner before his hard hands resulted in a simple return catch. Even AB de Villiers couldn’t get a hang of the pitch quickly enough, presenting chances off consecutive deliveries and giving Jadeja his second catch of the night after being dropped by Tahir.
With his 3 for 20, Harbhajan had sparked panic within the RCB line-up while also presenting a template for his bowlers – to bowl flatter trajectories and good lengths. If the turn didn’t get the batsmen then the pace, or lack of it, did them in.
Watson’s 10-ball duck was an early ‘win’ for RCB but Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina prevented more hiccups with a 32-run stand that put CSK on their way to a comfortable win.
The win was also made sweeter by Suresh Raina becoming the first ever player to score 5000 runs in the IPL.