The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered a smashing eight-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the second game of the Super Sunday double-header at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. CSK skipper MS Dhoni displayed a spectacular performance with the bat to power his team towards a pretty challenging first innings total. In the second innings the CSK bowlers bowled really well in partnerships to restrict the opposition batsmen.
I tried to use my experience
CSK new ball bowler Deepak Chahar got his team off to great start, dismissing the in-form duo comprising of RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane and last match’s centurion Sanju Samson pretty early in the run-chase. Right-arm fast bowler Shardul Thakur then bowled a beautiful delivery to pick up the prized scalp of Jos Buttler and in turn left the visitors reeling at 14 for 3. After that collapse, the pair of Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi stitched a fine stand of 61 runs to resurrect the RR innings.
CSK leg-spinner Imran Tahir then bowled an exceptional spell to send back both Tripathi and Smith back into the hut. After the game, Tahir mentioned that he is very proud of his performance. He revealed that the dew factor played a crucial role in both the innings.
“I am feeling very good, very proud. It was there (dew); I tried to use my experience but the ball was really wet. I am very happy,” said Imran Tahir.
I don’t take anything for granted
Tahir also bowled exceptionally well in the opening match of IPL 2019 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), claiming three crucial wickets to rattle the RCB middle-order. He also talked about the difficult chance which he dropped in the game against RCB. However, he came back strongly to pick up fantastic return catch last night to dismiss Tripathi.
“It’s always nerves. First match I dropped a catch, so didn’t want to repeat the mistake. Every catch is a difficult one. It’s the passion and respect I have for the game. I don’t take anything for granted. Whenever I am playing, I try to contribute for my team,” added Tahir.