Post Match Analysis of CSK vs RCB by Cricket Analyst Varad Vaichal – CSK won their first-ever match by 23 runs against RCB. CSK now has 1 win from 5 matches. Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube notched up gigantic fifties to make sure that CSK end their losing streak. Maheesh Theekshana played a pivotal role as he took 4 big wickets and broke the back of RCB’s batting lineup.
The absence of Deepak Chahar is hurting CSK a lot as they don’t have a prominent white-ball bowler who can take wickets, there are rumors going on that Chahar would be sidelined for the entire Tata IPL 2022 which means CSK is dealt with a huge blow and would name a replacement in due time.
CSK had invested a lot of money in Deepak Chahar and his unavailability is a big blow as he had played an invaluable role in the 2018 and 2021 seasons. All in all, CSK would hope and believe that his void is filled quickly as of now half of the tournament is due to get completed.
CSK with the bat in hand
CSK’s batting lineup once again disappointed as they lost 2 wickets for 60 runs in the first 10 overs. The likes of Uthappa and Dube made sure to launch an attack as both batters were brutal with the bat in hand.
They were just smashing sixes and toying with the bowlers. Faf was seen helpless as the likes of Hasaranga were taken to the cleaners who so far in the IPL have troubled the batters. Uthappa made the most of his experience as he was seen targeting 2-3 sixes per over which meant that he had made up his mind to be vintage.
Shivam Dube took the attack from the Word Go and was seen as the main aggressor till Uthappa took the baton. Uthappa scored 88 runs in 50 balls and Dube would rue that he missed out on a well-deserving century as he scored 95 runs in 46 balls. Both the batters smashed 17 sixes between themselves and were just rocking. All in all, there was an onslaught by both the batters and made a statement that CSK can’t be written off as they are still the ruling champions of IPL.
RCB with the bat in hand
In response to a humongous 217 target, RCB’s run chase was rocked by Maheesh Theekshana as CSK took 3 scalps in the power-play as RCB scored 42 runs.
They were high hopes from Maxwell to excel but the skipper Jadeja made his stay a short one by castling his stumps. It looked like CSK would open their account with a grand win of 100+ runs, but then came the duo of Shahbaz Ahmed and Prabhudesai who breathed life in the run chase.
Shahbaz scored 41 runs in 27 balls, whereas the other batter scored 34 runs in 18 balls. The required run rate was going beyond reach as it was marching towards 17-18. Then came the finisher Dinesh Karthik who all of sudden made the equation look a gettable one.
He tried his best as he scored 34 runs in 14 balls and gave a sniff to CSK and it looked like RCB would pull off a heist, but CSK this time made sure that they aren’t repeating the same mistakes again.
All in all, CSK won’t be happy with their performance with the ball in hand as they would have believed that they would win by 40 run margin but ended up winning by only 23 runs; they need to use Chris Jordan as a death over specialist as his 4 overs can change the context of the match.