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CSK vs RCB: Mustafizur Rahman stars in Chennai Super Kings’ easy win in IPL 2024 opener | Cricket News


Mustafizur Rahman set him up with his bag full of cerebral variations before Ravindra Jadeja And Shivam Dube got the job done with their superlative finishing skills to script a comfortable six-wicket win for Chennai Super Kings against Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the IPL opener on Friday. CSK, which has not lost against RCB at home since 2008, has thus kept its enviable record intact. Mustafizur, with his IPL-best figures of 4/29 in four overs, was largely responsible for restricting RCB to 173 for six on a good batting track, where a 95-run sixth wicket stand was 50 balls apart between Anuj Rawat (48 off 25 balls) and Dinesh Karthik (38 not out from 26 balls) was the only saving grace for the visitors.

Jadeja (25 not out off 17 balls) brought all his experience to bear just when things could have gotten tricky in the chase, pressing a rusty Dube (34 off 28 balls) to take a couple of quick doubles to end the chase in 18 .4 overs. Dube also gained confidence in Jadeja’s company towards the end as he completed the chase in a jiffy.

Credit should also be given to Rachin Ravindra (37 off 15 balls), who started brilliantly with three sixes and as many boundaries to set the tone.

Ajinkya Rahane (27 off 19 balls), who had a forgettable Ranji season with the bat, also hit a couple of sixes before a superb fielding play of Glenn Maxwell I saw his back.

Dubé and Daryl Mitchell (22 balls out of 18) were strewn with short balls of Alzarri Joseph And Cameron Green the latter being the prey of one of these deliveries.

When RCB struck, Mustafizur brought back memories of his rookie days, but an impressive rearguard action from Rawat brought RCB to a fighting total.

Rawat, initially cautious, launches into Tushar Deshpande, whose natural length is on the shorter side. Three sixes and a four in the 18th over turned things around as RCB made 83 runs in their last six overs. Rawat hit four fours and three sixes during his innings.

This was after Mustafizur took four wickets in his first two overs to reduce RCB to 78 for five.

“Fizz”, as he is known in the cricketing fraternity, would not have gotten a first eleven nod if Matheesha Pathirana been able to represent the “Yellow Brigade”.

Introduction of Powerplay to stop a rampage Faf du Plessis (35 off 23), Mustafizur, gauging the pace of the track, did not keep it too full and played between the 7 and 8 yard length to extract enough bounce to get a few dismissals.

Kohli hit 21 off 20 balls in his first competitive match in over two months.

Having faced just six deliveries in the Powerplay, Kohli’s first attacking move was a pull six off. Maheesh Theekshana (0/36 in 4 overs) but he never looked in rhythm after a two-month paternity break, as an untimely withdrawal led to his dismissal. Rahane had caught it at mid-wicket, but as it was about to slip, he flicked it inside for Rachin to complete the catch of the over.

Mustafizur’s best delivery, however, was the one that cleaned up Green when he rolled his wrists to bowl a cutter with a wobbly seam.

At first, Deepak Chahar (1/37 in 4 overs) looked woefully short for match practice as his looping outswingers were initially dealt with harshly by skipper Du Plessis.

But RCB’s joy was short-lived as the skipper was caught in the deep after a sharp hit.

Rajat Patidar(0)’s miserable run since the England Tests continued as he hit one to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps.

The momentum break for RCB worked in Chahar’s favor as an end change saw him bowl one that launched off the back length and moved a shade away for Glenn Maxwell to be caught behind behind.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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