The first two legs of Pepsi IPL 7 are done and dusted. The third and Final leg of the tournament began today with a mouth-watering clash between Chennai Super Kings Vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi. It was a game with huge excitement and some even called it as the SOUTH INDIAN DERBY. Judging by the league table standings, it was a game with enormous importance for RCB. Let us now have a look at the FLOPS and HITS of today’s match, i.e. the players who contributed to the game’s fate.
FLOPS of the Match:
Dwayne Smith(CSK): The big hitter from West Indies, who won quite a few games for CSK in this IPL and is also the second highest scorer in this IPL with 440 runs(before today’s match), did not manage to carry on with his destruction today. He was dismissed while trying to cut a slightly short of length ball from Aaron. He scored only 9 runs off 15 deliveries.
David Hussey(CSK): David Hussey came into the squad as a replacement of Dwayne Bravo. Although he scored 25 runs but it was rather a slow one. He also disappointed with the ball and went for plenty in his 2nd and 3rd over. He went for 38 runs in 2.5 overs. His off-spin deliveries were very much predictable and was hit for boundaries.
Yuzvendra Chahal(RCB): The mystery spinner for RCB did not make up to the mark today and went for 27 runs in his 4 overs and could not manage to take a single wicket on such a spinning track.
HITS of the Match:
Suresh Raina(CSK): The most regular player for CSK, who played in each of CSK’s game, played a fantastic knock today on a surface where batting was difficult and the pitch was a bit on the slower side. He remained unbeaten at the score of 62 runs off 48 deliveries with 6 fours and a six. He also bowled brilliantly and gave 20 runs in his 4 overs.
AB De Villiers(RCB): This man changed the game for the RCB. AB came into bat when RCB required 64 runs off 35 deliveries. He turned the game in favour of RCB in no time. He scored 28 runs off 14 deliveries with 1 four and 3 sixes. Scoring at a strike rate of 200 on such a kind of track needed brilliance. He was adjourned the Man of the Match.
Abu Nechim(RCB): The uncapped medium pacer of RCB bowled brilliantly today. He maintained his line perfectly and bowled some great Yorkers right at the deck of the innings. He went for just 18 runs in his 4 overs and took a very important wicket in the form of MS Dhoni. He also played his part with the bat. He scored the winning run for his team with a boundary in the last over.
Ravichandran Ashwin(CSK): Ashwin has been the leading spinner for the CSK for years now. Today, he took full utilization of the pitch and bowled beautifully in the initial overs. Even a monstrous hitter like Gayle could not manage to hit to score a single run in Ashwin’s 3rd over. He went for 16 runs in his 4 overs and took 2 wickets, one of which was of Chris Gayle’s.