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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

CSKans feeling happy - Dubey Uthappa massacre !

IPL 2022 – it is only 22nd match today but CSK has been bruised, battered and its fans memed, ridiculed and what not .. it is tough out there and more tough to remain a Chennai Super King supporter !!


RCB sounds very solid on paper – CSK searching for its batting line-up, confused about the bowlers and searching for an elusive win .. .. much dependent on Mooen Ali – who was run out ! – sensational fielding display by .. ..   Suyash Prabhudessai, who ? – a debutant  making an impression early in the game with his fielding. Flatter and quicker outside off, cut towards backward point; Suyash dives, stops, and accurately throws to the keeper !  agony for CsK fan. 

Not sure in how many earlier editions, CSK struggled similarly – read that in 2010, a decade and 2 years back, CSK lost 4 matches on the trot. Another defeat today  could all but end their season. Their opponents, Royal Challengers Bangalore, are being led by one of their own in Faf du Plessis and are in the top half of the table with three wins in four outings. Super Kings are indeed missing the du Plessis touch at the top with the bat. A struggling Ruturaj Gaikwad has taken sheen off the quick, fiery starts Robin Uthappa has been getting off to, which has hampered the side. That head coach Stephen Fleming lamented the batting, bowling and fielding after the loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad indicates that the self-belief of the four-time champions is on shaky grounds. 

A very important game for CSK – statistically 200th game in IPL for them.  CSK head coach  Stephen Fleming said : "We need improvement in all areas. We've had some moments but they haven't been complete. We don't like to be desperate and getting anxious”.  RCB assistant coach Sridharan Sriram, said : "We have prepared well. The auction planning was done well and the roles were defined well. As a result, we had replacements for Maxwell, Hazlewood when they weren't avaialble. We always had faith in what DK could do and were clear about his batting position. There were very less finishers in the auction and Dinesh's experience is unmatched”  Faf wins the toss and opts to bowl.   

.. .. ..and now after the 1st half, CSK fans beeming.  216 is a tall score, despite the fact that CSK  failed to defend a 200-plus score already this season.  What an innings it turned out to be – a day when Uthappa and Dube raced with each other.  "It was about keeping it simple nothing special. Hitting in straight lines. I am used to this ground. Today it is dry and no dew yet, says Shivam Dube after his blitzkrieg.    17 sixes in the innings, the most for CSK in an IPL game. It was a show put up by Uthappa and Dube  - both of them  missed out on their tons but great big innings they played. 

After Ruturaj scoring 17; Mooen out for 3 – it was 36/2 in 6.4 then 201/3 in 18.5 – in between Shivam Dube massacred and on 94 could get only a single off the last ball scoring 95 off 46 with 8 sixers, while Robin Uthappa excelled making 88 off 50 with 9 sixers ! 

A great day for CSK fan !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
12.4.2022 @ 10 pm. 

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