MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) regained the top spot in the standings with an emphatic win over Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 35th match of IPL 2021 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Chasing 157 for victory, CSK started their innings on a very strong note, thanks to Ruturaj Gaikwad (38) and Faf du Plessis (31) who added 71 runs for the opening wicket. RCB captain Kohli took a brilliant catch diving forward off Yuzvendra Chahal to send Gaikwad back to the dugout.
Soon, Glenn Maxwell struck on his first ball of the over and removed the dangerous looking du Plessis. Moeen Ali (23) and Ambati Rayudu (32) then steadied CSK’s chase and took them close to the target. Current ‘Purple Cap’ holder Harshal Patel picked both the wickets as RCB eyed a late comeback. However, Suresh Raina (17*) and Dhoni (11*) took their side over the finish line.
CSK now need to win just one game to qualify for the playoffs. They will next face Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, September 26.
Earlier, after being put in to bat first, RCB openers – Kohli (53) and Devdutt Padikkal (70) – put on 111 runs for the first wicket, taking RCB total to 90 for no loss in 10 overs. But, RCB could manage just 156/6 in their stipulated 20 overs. The main reason being CSK all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who returned with impressive figures of 3/24 in his quota of 4 overs. Seam bowler Shardul Thakur also bagged two wickets.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 24, 2021
#CSK – W W W W W
— Stay Home – Stay Safe – Get Vaccinated 🙏 (@hemangkbadani) September 24, 2021
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) September 24, 2021
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) September 24, 2021
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 24, 2021
Congrats CSK! Very well played. RCBians, it’s not our day, we’ve got some things work out but it ain’t over. #RCBvCSK
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) September 24, 2021
— 𝑽𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒙𝒎𝒊 𝑺𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒌𝒖𝒎𝒂𝒓 (@varusarath5) September 24, 2021
September 24, 2007: MSD-led India scored 157 & won
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 24, 2021
MSD's boys have done it again.
— Parvati (@paro_nair) September 24, 2021
The #CSK winning juggernaut continues 👍 Back to the top of the table again with 7/9 wins, 14 points👌
By 6 wkts & with 11 balls to spare
— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) September 24, 2021
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) September 24, 2021
Back to back wins at UAE! @ChennaiIPL
— Thusi (@thusi_c) September 24, 2021
Dhoni as T20 Captain
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) September 24, 2021
— IndiaGlitz – Tamil (@igtamil) September 24, 2021
Chennai Super Kings have now won 10 of their last 12 encounters with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) September 24, 2021
As our Skipper said, 15-20 runs more and it could’ve been a different story.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 24, 2021