Chennai Super Kings continued their dominance in the ongoing Indian Premier League as they humiliated RCB by 6 wickets at the MCA Stadium, Pune on Saturday (May 5).
Since RCB had registered a comprehensive 14-run victory in their last outing against the Mumbai Indians, fans were expecting a better show from them. However, their star-studded batting line-up failed to step up to the plate.
After being put into bat by CSK skipper MS Dhoni, RCB batsmen got bamboozled by the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who claimed 3 wickets by conceding just 18 runs in his 4 overs. If it was not for Parthiv Patel’s 41-ball 53 at the top and Tim Southee’s cameo (36 runs off 26 balls) at the fag end of the innings, RCB could’ve easily been bundled out for less than 100 instead of their eventual score – 127/9.
CSK experienced some jitters during their chase but the clam heads of MS Dhoni (31* runs off 23 balls) and Dwayne Bravo (14* runs off 17 balls) saw the side home with 12 balls to spare.
Speaking after the match, the half-centurion Parthiv Patel said that it was a difficult wicket to bat on and the score of 150-160 could have made a difference in the end.
"The wicket was not easy to bat on and we thought 150-160 would be a good score after playing for the first three-four overs. We scored 127 and we did well to fight back into the game, taking this game to the 18th and 19th over,” Parthiv quoted as saying by Cricbuzz following the match.
"Every time we thought we could take a chance to score, but a wicket fell down. That is where a set batsmen has to come down to singles. He cannot take changes of hitting sixes. I think they bowled well in [good] areas. This format is such where wickets are falling and it is difficult for a new batsman to just hit, especially on such kind of wickets," he added.
Patel, who was secured by RCB for INR 1.70 crores during the IPL auction in January, also stated that he was confident of a good outing against the CSK despite being made to wait on the sidelines.
"I was batting at the nets and taking a lot of throw downs. So, I was confident. The support staff made sure that all the boys who are in the bench is completely ready,” he asserted.
From here on, RCB will have to win all their remaining five matches to qualify for the play-offs and Parthiv is rather optimistic of the turnaround.
"I have been a part of lot of IPLs and I have seen three four turnarounds in those ten years and I do not see any reason as to why we can't turn it around. We have the players in the dressing room and the support staff, who makes sure that we are in the right frame of mind," Parthiv Patel concluded.