“Thala Never Misses”: Vintage MS Dhoni On Show With Run Out Of RCB Star, Scripts IPL Record. Watch


Mustafizur Rahman brought back memories of his early days with his mind-blowing changes, but Anuj Rawat's impressive rear-guard action helped Royal Challengers Bangalore reach a respectable score of 173 for six in their IPL opener on Friday. However, on a good batting track, the total may not be enough to stop CSK.

Fast bowler Tushar Deshpande (0/47 in 4 overs) was dismissed for 25 by left-handed batsman Rawat (48 off 25 balls), who along with experienced Dinesh Karthik (38 not out off 25 balls) shared the sixth wicket off 50 balls. Amulya added 95 runs to the wicket. ,

Rawat, who was cautious initially, took in Deshpande, who has a natural shorter length. Three sixes and a four changed the course of the match and RCB scored 83 runs in their last 6 overs. Rawat hit four fours and three sixes in his innings before being run out by Dhoni on the last ball of the innings. With that run out, Dhoni joined 24 run outs in the IPL – more than anyone else.

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.

Virat 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. Ajinkya Rahane had it caught at deep mid-wicket, but just as he was about to slide out, he edged it inside for Rachin Ravindra to complete the relay catch.

However, Rahman'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 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.

For RCB, the disruption in pace worked in Chahar's favor as after changing ends he bowled a ball that pitched back of length and went a shade ahead and was caught behind by Glenn Maxwell.

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