IPL 2019, Match 1 highlights: CSK Restrict RCB at below 5 Run Rate, this help CSK hand RCB an 7-wicket defeat
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CSK bags their opening game of IPL 2019. CSK makes a seven wickets Victory against RCB at MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.
VIVO IPL 2019: Match 1 has been played between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. In the opening match of IPL 2019 Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets in Chennai on Saturday. Chasing the game with 4.5 asking run rate in T-20 is quite easy, as Chennai starts. CSK lost opener Shane Watson early the innings started but never looked to control the game as Ambati Rayudu (28 off 42 runs) and Suresh Raina (19 off 21 balls) put 32 runs partnership for second wicket. Also read Suresh Raina reaches a milestone of 5000 runs in IPL.
IPL 2019, Match 1, CSK vs RCB
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh rocked in building Pressure on the top order and makes a fabulous three wicket burst as Chennai Super Kings bowled out Royal Challengers Bangalore for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs after winning the toss.
Harbhajan Singh the senior off-spinner opening the bowling, rolled back years with figures of 3/20 in his four-over spell that deflated Virat Kohli’s men completely. Imran Tahir (3/9 in 3 overs) tormented RCB even more with his traditional leg-breaks to kill the contest in the first half.
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Ravindra Jadeja wasn’t going to be left behind, finishing with 2/15 in 4 overs. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s inspired move to open with Harbhajan paid brilliant dividends as he removed rival skipper Kohli (6) in the fourth over and RCB never recovered from that early blow.
Moeen Ali slog swept Harbhajan for a six but that was all that he could manage with a length delivery stopping on him as he tried to check his drive and loopy return catch was gleefully accepted.
AB de Villiers (9) wanted to hit out of trouble and was first dropped by Imran Tahir and off the very next ball was caught by Jadeja at mid-wicket boundary. With Shimron Hetmyer (0) getting run-out needlessly, RCB were in the dumps even before halfway stage.
It was the perfect platform for Tahir and Jadeja, who looked unplayable with the pitch offering reasonable turn and the lower-order’s confidence shot to pieces.