With incessant disappointments after four consecutive defeats, the fans of Chennai Super Kings were expecting their team's first victory in this series. In a must-win game, CSK had locked horn with RCB, which on the other hand, was at a very comfortable position on the points table and they are ready to grab every victory to increase their chances.
A CSK vs RCB encounter would always have Dhoni and Kohli shaking hands at the toss but this year, neither of them was captaining their team. RCB's skipper Faf du Plessis had won the toss and decided to field first in this interesting game. The Chennai fans had hoped that CSK would deliver an impressive opening stand after four defeats. But, the flaw with the opening stand remained intact.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali were dismissed early, putting pressure on the middle order in the must-win match. But, Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube had taken the pressure as a prospect and had put on a magnificent show. They got going and it turned out to be a game-changing partnership. It was back to back boundaries from their bats and RCB had no clue how to stop them.
Uthappa scored a splendid 88 runs from just 50 balls and Dube scored a fantastic 95 from just 46 balls, both missing out on a century. It was because of their innings that the CSK, who was once aiming for a score of around 160, posted a mammoth 216 runs on the board in 20 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. With the incredible partnership of over 160 runs, Uthappa and Dube had poured a relief for the team and the fans that they are inching towards the first victory. Though Jadeja had disappointed by getting dismissed for zero, the CSK had kept the winning momentum with the huge score on the board.
The first 6 overs didn't go well as expected for the RCB as they lost Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli and Anuj Rawat in quick succession. Maxwell began his fireworks and got out for 26 when he just started getting settled. 50 runs for the loss of 4 wickets and when RCB fans thought it was over, it wasn't. Prabhudessai scored some quick runs for the team adding 34 runs in just 18 balls before being dismissed. The RCB was in no mood to give up easily.
The fight was continued by Dinesh Karthik who really threatened the CSK scoring 34 runs from 14 balls keeping RCB's hopes alive. But his dismissal in the 18th over made sure that the RCB lost the game by 23 runs and Ravindra Jadeja could finally smile gaining his first victory as the CSK captain. RCB had ended the chase by scoring 193 runs and losing nine wickets and their winning campaign was stopped by Jadeja's fleet through a promising comeback.
While Dube was awarded the player of the match, Jadeja had a moment of a breather with good light to drive the team further. Addressing the post-match presentation, Jadeja said, "First of all, this is the first victory as a captain ever. I would like to dedicate it to my wife and also the team because the first victory is always special. Previous four games, we couldn't cross the line. But as a team, we came good. As a batting unit, everybody did a good job. Robbie and Shivam batted brilliantly. The bowlers contributed with the ball as well."
"Our management doesn't put pressure on me, they are relaxed, they always come to me and motivate. As a captain, I am still picking the brains of the senior players. Mahi bhai is there, I always go to him and discuss. Moulding into a new role, it will take time to get things going. I am still learning and trying to get better with each game. We have plenty of experience in our dressing room. Experience comes into play, we don't panic early. We try to keep ourselves calm, we back ourselves and we took to play positive cricket. We'll look to push hard, we've got the momentum, we'll try and continue the momentum", Jadeja added.
CSK's bowling line-up must be credited though some of them were pretty expensive amid purchasing wickets. The spinning duo Jadeja and Maheesh Theekshana had given breakthroughs for the team though they gave off runs. Theekshana has got four wickets on Tuesday in four overs by giving 33 runs while Jadeja took three wickets in four overs by giving 39 runs, with an economy rate of 9.75. Overall, CSK could have contained the RCB to a much lower score. As an immediate measure, CSK must work on fixing the flawed opening stand in the batting as in all the five matches it has played, CSK has lost one or more wickets within the mandatory powerplay. With the first victory, CSK will be taking on Gujarat Titans on April 17.