Kushal Kumar Jha
IPL 2020, CSK vs RCB: Skipper Virat Kohli shines as RCB beat CSK by 37 runs
In the 25th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 37 runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Skipper Virat Kohli performed his season-best with an unbeaten knock of 90 runs off 52 balls tonight. With Skipper's brilliant innings tonight, RCB set a decent target of 170 runs for the CSK to chase. Ambati Rayudu and Narayan Jagadeesan's brilliant partnership couldn't help CSK to chase the target given by the RCB tonight. Chris Morris destroyed the batting line-up of CSK as he took 3 wickets tonight, while Washington Sundar also grabbed 2 wickets. With tonight's win against Chennai Super Kings, the Royal Challengers Bangalore now stands at the 4th position in the points table of the 13th edition of IPL.
Skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. Royal Challengers Bangalore were off to a bumpy start with opener Aaron Finch's wicket in the early. However, the other opener Devdutt Padikkal played an average innings of 33 runs off 34 balls tonight. Skipper Virat Kohli thrashed the CSK bowlers tonight with his unbeaten knock of 90 runs off 52 balls aided by 4 sixes and 4 fours. After Padikkal's wicket, AB de Villiers joined the skipper in saving the sinking ship of RCB tonight but lost his wicket without making any runs. Washington Sundar also lost his wicket in the early after making just 10 runs tonight. Shivam Dube supported the skipper with his quick 22 runs knock, allowing the RCB to set a decent target of 170 runs for CSK to chase. Shardul Thakur was the most effective bowler for the CSK in his spell of 4 overs as he took 2 crucial wickets tonight. However, Deepak Chahar remained the most economical bowler in his spell of 3 overs.
Chennai Super Kings had a very bad start tonight with the early wickets of openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis. While Watson played an innings of 14 runs off 18 balls, the Plessis could only make 8 runs tonight. After the fall of the duo, Ambati Rayudu and Narayan Jagadeesan came to the crease while the former played a brilliant innings off 42 runs off 40 balls, the latter made an average score of 33 runs off 28 balls. Skipper MS Dhoni remained unsuccessful in saving the sinking ship of CSK as he lost his wicket after making just 10 runs off 6 balls. The rest of the batting line-up of CSK also collapsed before the bowling might of RCB tonight. Chris Morris shined for the RCB as he grabbed 3 crucial wickets tonight while also being very economical in his spell of 4 overs. Washington Sundar also took 2 wickets for the RCB tonight.
Skipper Virat Kohli with tonight's massive win while also performing with the bat, has shut the critics who were mocking him for the failures of RCB in the current season.
Chennai Super Kings are in deep trouble with their 3rd consecutive loss in the 13th edition of IPL so far.