IPL match 35, RCB vs CSK: Post-match presentation

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Dwayne Bravo starred with the bat as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 6 wickets in Match 35 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Dwayne Bravo delivered a fine bowling performance with the fixtures of 3/24 in 4 overs to take Chennai across the winning line against RCB by 6 wickets in match 35 of IPL at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Chasing 157 in 20 overs, CSK completed the target in 18.1 overs with 6 wickets in hand to get two more points towards their side and earned the top spot on the points table.

Winning captain, MS Dhoni (CSK): 

“We were worried about the dew, so whenever there are chances of dew we want to bat second. They got off to a good start but after the ninth over wicket slowed down. You still had to bowl tight, and Jadeja’s spell was important with Padikkal batting from one end. After that Bravo, Josh, Shardul, Deepak was brilliant…We always have fights over whether he should bowl the slower ball. But I told him that now everyone knows he bowls slower balls, so I told him to bowl six different balls in one over. Whenever he can, he takes up responsibilities.”

DJ Bravo, Man of the Match (CSK): 

“I just strive to be competitive. IPL is the toughest competition in the world. Some days it works for me, some days it doesn’t. But the pride and love I have for this game keep me going. RCB is a big side, and Virat is a very good player, so important wicket. Wanted to just keep it simple. Variations, yorkers, slower balls…just stuck to my basics. Today I bowled around the wicket and wide yorkers, leg stump yorkers. That gets the batters thinking which way the ball will go. It’s all about keeping myself healthy.”

Virat Kohli, losing captain (RCB): 

“We could’ve got 175, that could’ve been a winning total. The pitch had a lot to offer but our bowlers could not make use. They got away with too many boundary opportunities. They bowled well in their back end and executed the yorkers when needed. It was difficult for us to get elevation, and only bad balls could be put away. We then gave too many boundary balls…Those few moments… that’s what we failed to capitalize on. We need to get on a winning run again. This game is more disappointing than the first one. We were on top and then gave it all away…”

Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK): 

“Happy with the win, but not happy that I couldn’t finish the game. The opening partnership is always important, chasing or setting the target. The new ball was coming onto the bat, so wanted to play good cricket shots. Faf and I compliment each other well. We talk about when to attack when to rotate the strike, which bowler to attack. He knows which bowler I’ll go after and vice versa.”

Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings (Ruturaj Gaikwad 38, Ambati Rayudu 32; Harshal Patel 2/25) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 156/6 (Devdutt Padikkal 70, Virat Kohli 53; Dwayne Bravo 3/24) by six wickets. 

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