The Indian team’s two big captains are standing against each other today, in the 35th match of the Vivo IPL season 14 2021. The CSK team got the highest NRR of 1.223 among all others. They played eight matches and won six of them. The CSK team is standing at no second position in the points table. The RCB team also played eight matches but they won five of them, and they are standing right after the CSK team in the points table. If the CSK team won today’s match they will reach at no 1 position, if the RCB team won today’s match they will still remain their no 3rd position in the points table because of the NRR.
HV Patel from the RCB team is the leading wicket-taker of the season with 17 wickets. KA Jamieson took nine and Mohammed Siraj 6. GJ Maxwell is their top performer in terms of scoring runs, he scored 233 runs. D Padikkal 217, AB de Villiers 207, and the captain of their team V Kohli scored 203 runs. From the CSK team, DL Chahar is the best bowler they have got, who took ten wickets. SM Curran 9 and DJ Bravo 6. The legend F du Plessis is their top runs scorer with 320 runs, RD Gaikwad 284 and MM Ali 206. According to both team’s performance in this season, the CSK team performed far better than the RCB team.
In the 19th match of the season on April 25th, 2021, The CSK and the RCB team played a match. The CSK team batted first and scored 191 runs in 20 overs with four wickets down. In reply, the RCB team did get manage to score 122 runs with nine wickets down.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Highlights today, Friday 24-09-2021 – 35th Match (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The CSK team’s captain won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Dhoni: “Small venue, few wet patches, and we have some dew last time we played here. No changes in the XI. Our last game was an incredible team effort with Rayudu injured. It was a special performance from the bat. Still, it was not a par score, so the bowlers kept us in with wickets. Ruturaj has been incredible, he is someone who plays authentic cricket shots. Not flashy, and yet can play those aerial shots. He gives you that extra bit of confidence. And when people stand up when we need it, it’s a great suggestion of a player’s character.
Kohli: “Wicket looks nice and hard. Don’t think it will change too much. We would’ve probably bowled as well. Few extra runs would be nice. We looked at the positives after the last game. You have to start over right over again, and it’s probably good to get a knock early on. It was the right thing to happen to us at an early stage, wakes us up. It’s an opportunity to play the cricket we want to play. Got in Saini for Sachin Baby. Jamieson is out Tim David is in.”
IPL 2021 Points Table
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: Virat Kohli, Debdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Tim David, Wanindur Hasaranga, Navdeep Saini, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chennai Super Kings team: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood.
Post match presentation
Ruturaj Gaikwad (38):
“Happy with the win, but not happy that I couldn’t finish the game. The opening partnership is always important, chasing or setting the target. The new ball was coming onto the bat, so wanted to play good cricket shots. Faf and I compliment each other well. We talk about when to attack when to rotate the strike, which bowler to attack. He knows which bowler I’ll go after and vice versa.”
Here’s Virat Kohli, losing captain:
“We could’ve got 175, that could’ve been a winning total. The pitch had a lot to offer but our bowlers could not make use. They got away with too many boundary opportunities. They bowled well in their back end and executed the yorkers when needed. It was difficult for us to get elevation, and only bad balls could be put away. We then gave too many boundary balls. We spoke of areas we didn’t want them to hit, but we couldn’t do that. The X-Factor was missing in the first five overs with the ball. But it’s very important to execute balls during the crunch moments. Those few moments… that’s what we failed to capitalize on. We need to get on a winning run again. This game is more disappointing than the first one. We were on top and then gave it all away…”
Winning captain, MS Dhoni:
“We were worried about the dew, so whenever there are chances of dew we want to bat second. They got off to a good start but after the ninth over wicket slowed down. You still had to bowl tight, and Jadeja’s spell was important with Padikkal batting from one end. After that Bravo, Josh, Shardul, Deepak was brilliant. It’s always on the back of your mind on which bowler can be effective over here.
I had told Moeen before drinks that he would be bowling soon, but then I decided Bravo should bowl. The more you delay Bravo, the more difficult it is since he will end up bowling four straight overs in these difficult conditions. Our players have worked hard, they have understood their roles and responsibilities. Over here, the three grounds are different. This is the slowest (so far) of all. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are different. So the players have been adapting. Looking at the wicket, I felt the left-right combo was important.
We bat deep, we have a lot of left-handers, so in the back of the head, it’s there. And I feel all of them are good enough to play in any position. That’s why we went with the left-right combination, which may have pushed Raina and Rayudu down. Bravo has turned up fit – that’s a very good thing. And he is executing well. I call him my brother. We always have fights over whether he should bowl the slower ball. But I told him that now everyone knows he bowls slower balls, so I told him to bowl six different balls in one over. Whenever he can, he takes up responsibilities.”
DJ Bravo, Man of the Match:
“I just strive to be competitive. IPL is the toughest competition in the world. Some days it works for me, some days it doesn’t. But the pride and love I have for this game keep me going. RCB is a big side, and Virat is a very good player, so important wicket. Wanted to just keep it simple. Variations, yorkers, slower balls…just stuck to my basics. Today I bowled around the wicket and wide yorkers, leg stump yorkers. That gets the batters thinking which way the ball will go. It’s all about keeping myself healthy.”