IPL 2019, CSK vs RCB: From Harbhajan Singh's terrific spell to AB de Villiers' dismissal, best moments from season's opening tie

The Chepauk surface was extremely slow and the Harbhajan punt worked brilliantly as the veteran spinner bagged the big wickets of Kohli, Moeen Ali and de Villiers in his opening spell to put Chennai in the driving seat

Rohit Sankar, Mar 24, 2019 09:02:06 IST
The season opener of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League turned out to be a drab affair thanks to a sluggish Chepauk wicket and some ordinary batting by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Armed with spin-heavy attack, defending champions Chennai Super Kings made a winning start to the season after cleaning up visitors for 70.
Chennai Super Kings' Harbhajan Singh celebrates a wicket against Royal Challengers Bangalore's. AFP

Chennai Super Kings' Harbhajan Singh celebrates a wicket against Royal Challengers Bangalore's. AFP

Here, we take a glance at some of the moments from the season opener at Chennai.

Deepak Chahar revisits his ODI debut but redeems himself quickly

A natural stroke maker who is also adept in rotating strike, Virat Kohli was tied to one end in the third over by some immaculate lines from Deepak Chahar. The Chennai Super Kings seamer bowled four dots on the trot to the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper but undid all the hard work with a beamer next up.

Chahar attempted a slower delivery, but the ball slipped out of his hands and went over Kohli's head to the keeper with the umpire signalling a no-ball and subsequently, a free-hit. Incidentally, on his ODI debut against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup last year, Chahar had sent down a beamer to Mohammad Shehzad. Then, the free-hit (which came after a couple more wides) was smashed for six.

But at Chepauk, Chahar was quick to redeem himself with a perfect toe-crusher off the free hit delivery. A dot ball ensured that he finished the over on a high. The pressure from the brilliant over got to Kohli and he promptly holed out off Harbhajan Singh next over.

Imran Tahir shows some South African love but AB de Villiers doesn't make it count

At 28/2 in the last over of powerplay, the Royal Challengers were in deep trouble and looked up to de Villiers to rescue them from the ruckus. He was lucky to enough to be handed a reprieve by his South African teammate, Imran Tahir, in the first ball of the eighth over. De Villiers slog swept Harbhajan to deep square leg, but Tahir, who was running in from the deep, shelled the catch much to the dismay of Chennai fans.

However, the yellow army did not have to fret much as de Villiers looked to take on Harbhajan with another hoick, this time over mid-wicket in the very next ball, only to hand a catch to Ravindra Jadeja, who pulled off an incredible effort at deep mid-wicket. The retired South African batsman could not make CSK pay for the dropped catch and his dismissal pegged the visitors back further.

MS Dhoni's cheeky comment and the smart Harbhajan Singh punt

At the toss, Dhoni had cheekily commented that he would like to bowl first as he was unsure of how the pitch would behave. However, the former Indian skipper seemed to have read the pitch extremely well as he threw the ball to Harbhajan in the second over of the innings, having understood that stroke making was tough on the wicket against the slower bowlers.

The Chepauk surface was extremely slow and the Harbhajan punt worked brilliantly as the veteran spinner bagged the big wickets of Kohli, Moeen Ali and de Villiers in his opening spell to put Chennai in the driving seat. Kohli and de Villiers were both dismissed while attempting to take Harbhajan on. Jadeja at deep mid-wicket was the fielder involved in both the dismissals as the off-spinner foiled the RCB duo's timing on a slow wicket. Ali, meanwhile, was out caught and bowled off the off-spinner after the ball stopped on the surface and bounced a tad higher than anticipated.

With his three wicket-haul, Harbhajan now has the joint most wickets, alongside Ashish Nehra against RCB (23).

The lucky inside edge that turned unlucky

Navdeep Saini was hit on the pads by an Imran Tahir googly and although the umpire turned down the LBW appeal from the CSK players, the South African forced Dhoni to review the decision. However, replays showed that the ball had grazed the inside edge of Saini's bat before hitting the pad, thus justifying the on-field umpire's decision

But if RCB fans were relieved seeing the inside edge, they were also in for a heartbreak. Watson, at first slip, had pouched the catch after the ball had popped up off Saini's pads. A review that appeared to have been taken for LBW ended up in favour of Chennai courtesy a lucky inside edge and astute game awareness from Watson.

Kedar Jadhav saved by RCB's sloppy fielding

CSK were cruising in an easy-looking run-chase but Royal Challengers Bangalore did not quite help themselves with some sloppy outfielding. A prime example of that came in the 10th over of the match when Jadhav tickled Moeen Ali to square leg and set off for a jog while watching the ball.

His partner, Ambati Rayudu, though, hadn't moved and Jadhav scampered back fairly comfortably thanks to some careless fielding by Chahal. The leg-spinner had swooped in on the ball swiftly to run Jadhav out but he missed the ball after a near-collision with de Villiers and though the South African fired in an underarm throw after the fumble, Jadhav had returned safely by then.

Updated Date: Mar 24, 2019 10:02:38 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254