Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Faf du Plessis pulled off his trademark paddle-scoop against the searing pace of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowler, Navdeep Saini, in a match between the two sides.
The CSK openers started well in their pursuit of the 157-run target set by their opponents. Du Plessis looked fluent in his strokeplay while his in-form partner, Ruturaj Gaikwad, once again got off to a start.
On a tricky Sharjah track where the old ball starts to get unpredictable, the duo decided to attack in the powerplay. Similar to RCB, they brought up their 50-run stand in the powerplay itself. By the end of the powerplay, CSK had reached 59/0.
During their partnership, Du Plessis broke the shackles early on with a wonderfully executed paddle-scoop off Saini’s bowling. The ball carried over the boundary ropes owing to the sheer pace of Saini. This set things in motion for CSK and they were in the driver’s seat after the latest developments.
Earlier, RCB got off to a flier courtesy of Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal. The duo shared a 111-run stand for the first wicket, which incidentally was the highest partnership for any wicket for RCB against their southern rivals.
Unfortunately, familiar struggles in the middle-overs completely crushed the momentum of the innings. The CSK bowlers were brilliant as well, nailing their yorkers and slower balls during the death overs. The last five overs went for just 38 runs where RCB also lost five wickets.
They eventually posted 156/6 on the board, with Padikkal and Kohli being the only major contributors. They scored a fifty each, which seems like the only silver lining in an otherwise disappointing game for RCB.