Last Update on: April 4th, 2023 at 12:15 am
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered a convincing victory over Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). CSK won the match by 12 runs & announced their arrival in IPL 2023 after a defeat against Gujarat Titans (GT) in their opening fixture. KL Rahul failed yet another time to convert his start. KL Rahul scored 20 runs in 18 balls & struck 2 fours.
Kyle Mayers continued his purple patch as he scored 53 runs in 22 balls & struck 8 fours and 2 sixes. There was a slimmer of hope from Marcus Stoinis & Nicholas Pooran but the required run rate was a bit too much. Nicholas Pooran played a breezy cameo of 32 runs in 18 balls but that wasn’t enough. Moeen Ali was the unexpected destroyer in chief as he took 4 scalps in his 4 overs & gave away only 26 runs.
LSG’s impact player Ayush Badoni was seen struggling as CSK’s pacers made sure that they bowl wide off-stump & didn’t bowl into the arc. Deepak Chahar had a forgettable outing as he gave away 55 runs in his 4-over spell. CSK bowling coach Dwayne Bravo needs to have a word with Deepak Chahar as he is the senior bowler in the lineup.
Earlier, Ruturaj Gaikwad set the tone by smashing yet another half-century & it looks like he is toying with the bowlers. It won’t be wrong to say that the highlight of CSK’s innings was the skipper MS Dhoni’s 2 back-to-back monstrous sixes against Mark Wood due to which in the end CSK posted 217-7.
IPL 2023 | India National Cricket Team | Chennai Super Kings (CSK) | Delhi Capitals (DC) | Gujarat Titans (GT) | Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) | Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) | Mumbai Indians (MI) | Punjab Kings (PBKS) | Rajasthan Royals (RR) | Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) | SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Ravi Bishnoi was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets in his 4 overs & conceded only 28 runs. Perhaps, KL Rahul made a mistake by dropping Jaydev Unadkat as the left-arm pacer could have troubled the batters. Mark Wood’s pace was not effective this time where he took 3 wickets but gave away 49 runs in his 4 overs spell.
Not the ideal start after winning the toss – KL Rahul
After the conclusion of the match, KL Rahul was asked about the team’s defeat against CSK. KL Rahul was quite dejected with the bowling unit. KL Rahul also praised Kyle Mayers who struck a breezy half-century.
“Not the ideal start after winning the toss. The first couple of overs it was a bit sticky and there was a bit of movement, but we did not bowl in the right areas and they got that flier. When you have quality batters in the opposition, they make you pay. Something for us to learn but the way Rutu and Conway played was brilliant. It does take time to learn what lengths to bowl on a surface, but to go for 70 odd in six overs isn’t ideal,”
“We batted well but we didn’t capitalize the small momentum. Kyle (Mayers) is coming off good form, he was smoking them for West Indies and comes here with the same form and intent. Great to see what he’s done with the opportunity. Bishnoi is someone I’ve played with for a while, he gets wickets when things aren’t going well, puts his hand up and contains runs. Good to see different guys putting their hands up,” he stated
KL Rahul was further asked whether he would change his toss decision in the upcoming matches. KL Rahul rues the fact that the team couldn’t win the small moments of the match.
“Wouldn’t change the toss decision, we didn’t win because we didn’t capitalize the small moments. We had a good start but couldn’t press on. Not often we’ll find 4-5 guys caught on the boundary ropes, they needed to go over and will go over the next time. We’ll take that in T20 cricket, today the game didn’t go our way but this is the way we want to keep playing,”