The 39th match of the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was an absolute humdinger. The jam packed Chinnaswamy crowd got to witness a brilliant thrilling encounter which went down the wire with RCB prevailing through off just the final ball with an astonishing 1-run victory. CSK bowling trio of Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja delivered sensational spells to restrict the RCB batsmen within a modest first innings total.
In the second innings, Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav wrecked havoc as CSK lost four quick wickets at the top. MS Dhoni then pulled off a herculean recovery with a marvelous unbeaten innings, but eventually he fell short of guiding his team over the finishing line. RCB wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel showed amazing presence of mind, nailing a brilliant throw to effect a crucial run-out dismissal off the last ball.
Parthiv sheds light on the run-out dismissal
Parthiv addressed the media reporter during the post-match press conference and revealed the plan to inflict the crucial run-out dismissal, which also in turn resulted in dramatic ending. Parthiv mentioned that the home team actually wanted Dhoni to play through the off-side which is the shorter side of the ground as if he had hit on the leg-side there was an easy couple.
“We honestly wanted him (Dhoni) to hit through the off-side on the shorter side of the ground. If he had hit it on the leg-side, there were two runs because I don’t think the way he runs, there was any chance of stopping those two,” said Parthiv Patel.
Parthiv noted that Umesh was given the responsibility to bowl slower and outside the off-stump, however, surprisingly the bowler failed to follow the plan. “So we wanted (Umesh) to bowl slower and outside the off-stump and surprisingly he missed it. I wasn’t expecting him to miss it but surprisingly he missed it,” he added.