It was 39th match of IPL 2019 between RCB and CSK. CSK won the toss and invited RCB for batting. Wicket-keeper batsmen Parthiv Patel and skipper Virat Kohli opened for RCB. However, Virat Kohli was unlucky as he got out scoring only 9 runs but Parthiv Patel played a brilliant inning of 53 runs in 37 balls which included 4 sixes also. After that de Villiers, Akshadeep Nath and Mooen Ali played some good cameos but could not convert them in fully fledged innings. RCB could manage to score only 161 runs in 20 overs.
Everyone thought that it would be easy win for CSK as they have already defeated RCB before in IPL 2019 but it turned out exactly opposite. CSK’s first four wickets felt at just 28 runs. After that MSD and Ambati Rayudu tried to stabilize CSK innings but could not do so as Ambati rayudu got out at only 29 runs.
However, Skipper MSD remained on strike and played a dashing innings of 84 runs in just 48 balls which included 7 six and 5 fours with a strike rate of 175. He single handily took his team score at 160 but could not succeed in winning match for his team. CSK lost the match by a single run but MSD won heart of millions.
After the match, in post match presentation MSD said that loss of his team is due to failure of opening batsmen. He said “I think it was a good game. We did really well to restrict them to a below par total, but we needed some good batting at the top. Once you know the opposition attack, you gotta stick to your plans and if you lose too many wickets upfront that puts pressure and the middle order really can’t go after the bowlers from the start. We have to carefully see what are the areas we want to take that risk. It was still difficult at the end. It was slightly spungy (the pitch) and the new batsmen found it difficult. Boundaries were needed and yes we have lost by one run but at the same time we have to see what if there were few dot balls and whether we could have got those extra boundaries or not.”
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