Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa are not the big-ticket superstars of this CSK team, but they showed that they can turn it on when required. In 12.1 overs, they put up 165 runs, which helped CSK blaze away to 216/4 and notch up their first win of the season after four straight losses.
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With 36/2 in the seventh over, the stage seemed set for another CSK struggle. The RCB bowlers had stifled the top-order and the two stars – Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali – were back in the hut. That’s when Uthappa (88 off 50 balls) and Dube (95 off 46 balls) took over.
Dube has played a lot of his cricket at the DY Patil Stadium and he knows what to expect from the pitch. Uthappa, on the other hand, is a natural timer of the ball, and when it is his day, it’s difficult to keep the Karnataka man quiet.
Chasing 217, RCB were pushed back by CSK’s Lankan ‘mystery’ spinner Mahesh Theeksana (4-33). After the wickets of openers Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat in the Powerplay, he got debutant Suyash Prabhudessai and left-hander Shahbaz Ahmed out following their smart, little cameos.
DEADLY DUO: Shivam Dube (L) and Robin Uthappa carted the RCB bowlers all over the DY Patil Stadium on Tuesday
Both couldn’t read which way the ball was turning and paid the price. Theeksana’s bowling has similarities with Ajantha Mendis, who had tormented India for a while in 2008, and till the time teams read him from the hand, the Lankan boy can wreak havoc in the IPL.
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Dinesh Karthik’s 14-ball 34 towards the end of RCB innings injected some excitement into the game but CSK were not to be denied a well-deserved victory, by 23 runs.
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But this CSK fightback was all about Dube and Uthappa. The duo had decided that they would not allow RCB’s two spinners, Shahbaz Ahmed and Glen Maxwell, settle. Both knew that one side of the ground is shorter and they decided to launch into their shots with absolutely no fear.
They kept connecting and the ball started to disappear into the stands. Medium-pacer Akash Deep lacked the subtlety and smartness to stop the flow of runs while wrist-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga couldn’t quite figure where to bowl to this duo.
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One player who could have made a difference at this stage for RCB was medium-pacer Harshal Patel. He is the only bowler in this line-up who can land the yorker and bowl the slower ball effectively, but he wasn’t available because he had left the bubble following his sister’s death last Saturday.
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Even Mohammed Siraj, a good red-ball bowler, kept bowling length balls and all Dube and Uthappa did was hitting through the line. He once had Uthappa caught in the deep, but that too was a no ball.
While Uthappa was finally dismissed in the 19th over, Dube was on the chase for a century. He hit two sixes in the last over bowled by Josh Hazlewood, but he couldn’t connect the last ball. But the damage had already been done.