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Recent Match Report – Super Kings vs RCB 22nd Match 2022

Chennai Super Kings 216 for 4 (Dube 95*, Uthappa 88) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 193 for 9 (Shahbaz 41, Karthik 34, Theekshana 4-33) by 23 runs

It was supposed to be all about Faf du Plessis (and Josh Hazlewood) coming up against his former team Chennai Super Kings – it’s like playing brothers, he said at the toss – but it was Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa who absolutely pulverised their former team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, taking 156 off the last 10 overs and turning an ordinary start into a formidable total of 216 to set up their first win in five matches this IPL.

It was almost like 2007 all over again: vintage Uthappa walking at fast bowlers and flat-batting them over their head or into the leg side, and Dube invoking Yuvraj Singh with his languid free-flowing hits. Between them, they hit 17 sixes to go with 12 fours in the innings; while both posted their highest IPL scores, Dube came within a six of a hundred and Uthappa fell short by 12.

In response, some dropped catches and questionable choices of bowlers towards the end produced tense moments even after Royal Challengers had been 50 for 4 and 146 for 8. It was only when Dinesh Karthik got out for the first time in this IPL, with 46 required off 17, that Super Kings could finally breathe easy.

RCB stifle CSK at the start

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s poor IPL continued as he fell to the machine-like lengths of Hazlewood with the new ball. Moeen Ali was run out by sharp fielding from debutant Suyash Prabhudessai, making it 36 for 2 in the seventh over. With the early spin of Glenn Maxwell, Royal Challengers somehow managed to keep the quickest powerplay batter of this IPL, Uthappa, down to 23 off 22 in the first 10 overs.

All hell breaks loose

Royal Challengers delayed the introduction of Wanindu Hasaranga probably because of the presence of a left-hand batter, but in the 11th over, he was brought on. Dube immediately launched into him, hitting him for a six and a four. In the 12th over, he hit the left-arm spin of Shahbaz for another six. Not to be left behind, Uthappa sent Maxwell into the bigger leg-side boundary for three sixes in the 13th over.

The assault was well and truly on, and Royal Challengers, the worst bowling side at the death this tournament, didn’t have any answers in the absence of Harshal Patel, missing this match because of the death of his sister.

The hitting was so clean that Super Kings didn’t worry about hitting into the bigger boundary. Uthappa played a couple of cute ramps, but Dube just sat deep in the crease and smoothly punished errors in length. And there were errors aplenty. When Mohammed Siraj had Uthappa caught at the end of the 17th over, it turned out he had overstepped.

Akash Deep caught the worst of the punishment but no one was spared. Hazlewood’s back two went for 12 and 15, Siraj conceded 18 off his final over, and Hasaranga cost 13, 13 and 14. From starting at a run a ball, both players were set for hundreds, but Uthappa found deep midwicket trying to go from 88 to 94 in the 19th over. Dube began the final over on 80, got to 94 with the last ball to go, but managed to send a low full toss straight to long-off.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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