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Deshpande Or Pathirana: Who's The 'King' of Chepauk? Vote!

By LAXMI NEGI
April 29, 2024 08:47 IST
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Chennai Super Kings bowlers defied the dew-laden outfield with a remarkable performance, restricting Sunrisers Hyderabad to a paltry total.

They cleverly utilised the Chepauk's square boundaries, showcasing exceptional tactical awareness.

This comprehensive victory propels CSK from sixth place straight to third, leapfrogging SRH in the process!

However, the playoff race remains wide open. While top contenders falter, teams like CSK are making a powerful statement.

The best bowlers of the night at Chepauk are...

 

Tushar Deshpande

Tushar Deshpande

Photographs: Kind Courtesy BCCI

Tushar Deshpande's brilliance with the new ball set the tone for a dominant CSK victory. His mastery and variations proved too much for the SRH batters, leading to a remarkable performance.

Deshpande orchestrated a dream start, claiming two crucial wickets in his opening over.

His precise bowling induced errors, with Abhishek Sharma's dismissal at deep point leaving SRH reeling at 40/3 within the PowerPlay. This was the lowest SRH had managed in the powerplay all season.

His spell went beyond those initial wickets. Deshpande displayed astute reading of the conditions, exploiting the slow pitch and using the ground dimensions to his advantage. His relentless pressure kept the SRH batters on edge, perfectly complementing CSK's strategic fielding placements.

The onslaught continued in the middle overs. Pat Cummins fell victim to Deshpande's dominance, highlighting his control throughout the innings.

His exceptional four wicket haul for just 27 runs proved pivotal, playing a starring role in CSK's emphatic win and snapping their two-match losing streak.

Matheesha Pathirana

Matheesha Pathirana

Matheesha Pathirana's pinpoint yorker accuracy proved devastating for SRH.

His scorching delivery not only shattered the stump camera but also dismantled Aiden Markram's middle stump, showcasing his exceptional control.

Pathirana's brilliance extended beyond the early dismissal. He continued to impress throughout the middle overs, executing CSK's bowling plans with precision.

With a daunting target of 104 runs in 30 balls and the pressure of the playoff race looming, SRH needed a big push. However, Pathirana had other plans. Heinrich Klaasen's dismissal, caught at long on after attempting a big shot against the Sri Lankan, further emphasised Pathirana's impact on the game.

His bowling not only stifled the chase but also showcased his tactical understanding and execution.

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja's crafty spell of 1/22 epitomised his control and dominance on the field, effectively strangling SRH's chase.

Employing a well-calculated mix of sharp bouncers and deceptive variations, Jadeja left the batters struggling to decipher his bowling.

His disciplined approach restricted SRH to a mere one boundary in his four overs. Even the aggressive Heinrich Klaasen found it difficult to score freely against Jadeja's guile. Jadeja showcased controlled aggression, cleverly varying his pace while maintaining pinpoint accuracy.

Nitish Reddy's frustration was evident when he succumbed to Jadeja's tactics, top-edging a short ball in a desperate attempt to break free.

Jadeja's clinical performance underscored his undeniable value as a vital cog in CSK's bowling machinery.

Mustafizur Rahman

Mustafizur Rahman

Mustafizur Rahman capped off a clinical bowling performance with two crucial wickets in the death overs, effectively sealing SRH's fate with seven balls remaining.

He displayed his skill and precision by utilising the pitch conditions to his advantage, extracting just enough grip to trouble the batters.

Mustafizur continued his impact, striking again to dismiss Shahbaz Ahmed. Ahmed's attempt to find the boundary was thwarted by the unforgiving dimensions of the Chepauk stadium, resulting in an edge that was safely pouched by Daryl Mitchell at deep backward square leg.

In the closing stages, his delivery to Jaydev Unadkat resulted in a decisive catch by Moeen Ali at extra cover, signalling the end for SRH.

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