CSK vs RCB: Mustafizur Rahman Stars In Chennai Super Kings’ Easy Win In IPL 2024 Opener


Mustafizur Rahman set it up with his mind-blowing variations, before Ravindra Jadeja and Shivam Dube used their excellent finishing skills to seal a comfortable six-wicket win for Chennai Super Kings over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL opening match on Friday. Worked with. CSK, who have not lost to RCB at home since 2008, have maintained their excellent record. Mustafizur, with his best IPL figures of 4/29 in four overs, was largely responsible for restricting RCB to 173 for six on a good batting track, with Anuj Rawat (48 off 25 balls) among the 50 There was a partnership of 95 runs for the sixth wicket. balls) and Dinesh Karthik (38 not out off 26 balls) were the only defense for the visitors.

When things could have got tricky in the run chase, Jadeja (25 not out off 17 balls) used his wealth of experience to inspire the rusty Dubey (34 runs off 28 balls) to complete some quick doubles and The chase was completed in 18.4 overs. In the end, Dubey's confidence in Jadeja's company also increased as he completed the chase in a jiffy.

Credit should also be given to Rachin Ravindra (37 runs off 15 balls), who started the innings brilliantly with the help of three sixes and as many fours.

Ajinkya Rahane (27 off 19 balls), who has had a forgettable Ranji season with the bat, also hit a few sixes before Glenn Maxwell's brilliant outfielding got him on the back foot.

Dubey and Daryl Mitchell (22 off 18 balls) faced short balls from Alzarri Joseph and Cameron Green and later fell victim to one such delivery.

When RCB batted, Mustafizur flashed memories of his rookie days, but Rawat's impressive rear-guard action made RCB put up a fight.

Rawat, who was cautious initially, fielded Tushar Deshpande, who has a shorter natural length. Three sixes and a four in the 18th over changed the course of the match and RCB scored 83 runs in the last six overs. Rawat hit four fours and three sixes in his innings.

This happened after Mustafizur took four wickets in his first two overs to restrict RCB to 78 for five.

If Mathisha Pathirana, popularly known as 'Fizz' in the cricket world, had been fit to represent the 'Yellow Brigade', he would not have got a place in the first eleven.

Brought into the powerplay to stop the stormy innings of Faf du Plessis (35 off 23), Mustafizur, assessing the pace of the track, did not keep it too full and bowled between 7-8 meters of length so that a To get enough bounce to get a double. Of dismissal.

Kohli scored 21 runs from 20 balls in his first competitive game in more than two months.

After facing only six balls in the powerplay, Kohli's first aggressive stroke was a pull six off Mahesh Theekshana (0/36 in 4 overs), but he never looked in rhythm after two months of paternity leave, as He got injured due to a pull done at the wrong time. Dismissal. Rahane had it caught at deep midwicket, but just as he was about to slide out, he edged it inside for Rachin to complete the relay catch.

However, Mustafizur's best delivery was the one that clean bowled Green when he twisted his wrists to bowl a cutter along the wobbly seam.

Early on, Deepak Chahar (1/37 in 4 overs) looked woefully shaky in match practice as his outswingers received harsh treatment from skipper du Plessis early on.

But RCB's happiness did not last long as the captain was caught out in the deep after a quick innings.

Rajat Patidar (0) continued his poor performance since the England Test and was caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps.

The break in pace for RCB worked in Chahar's favor as the change of ends saw him bowl a ball that pitched behind the length and moved a shade ahead to be caught behind the wicket by Glenn Maxwell.

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