Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had rightly backed their debut Ruturaj Gaikwad despite failing to score points at the start of the 2021 IPL. After scoring 18, 5, 5 and 10 in the tournament’s opening four matches, Ruturaj has returned to form making 65, 33 and 75 in his last three games including this one.
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were invited to play bowling by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner who won the draw at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on April 28, 2021. CSK bowlers were in attendance. at their peak and were aided well by the outfielders who jumped in to save precious races and keep Warner and Manish Pandey in check.
Despite Warner’s 57 and Pandey’s 61, SRH only managed 171/3, that too with Kane Williamson’s quick shot 26 *. Lungi Ngidi picked two wickets, while Sam Curran got the wicket from Jonny Bairstow, for just 7 races.
The pursuit turned out to be fairly easy as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis added 129 points in just under 13 assists to give CSK a great start on difficult ground to beat. Du Plessis had 56 balls of 38 with 6 fours and 1 sixes, but Ruturaj carried his good form and made 75 balls of 44 with 12 fours. It is also his highest score in IPL to date.
He faced SRH’s first bowler, Rashid Khan, as soon as he was brought on the attack. Ruturaj looked confident against both the Rashid and SRH pacers and continues to hammer the limits. He was then named Man of the Match for his innings, which helped CSK win the match with 7 wickets and 9 balls in reserve.
Means a lot (his highest IPL score): Ruturaj Gaikwad
Gaikwad, who turned out to be a real find for CSK at the end of IPL 2020, where he hit three consecutive half centuries, was preferred over more experienced Robin Uthappa to open the baton in IPL 2021 for the team with Faf du Plessis.
And he delivered that faith because the CSK team are now fairly high on the points table with five wins in six games for them.
“It means a lot (his highest IPL score). A little disappointed couldn’t finish it properly. I think it was a little bounce at two paces, a little weak. Scoring big shots was difficult. It all depended on how you hit the gaps and hit the outfielders. I just planned out who is the best bowler on this surface, who is not. One or two bowlers had a little day off, they took advantage of them. I just want to keep playing every game, ” Ruturaj said after getting the man of the match award.
CSK will then face their rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) on May 1 in Delhi.