New Delhi. If Virat Kohli settles at the crease, then it is not easy to get him out. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni), former captain of Virat and mentor of Team India, knows this skill. On Friday, when Kohli had scored a half-century against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and seemed to be moving towards the big innings. Then CSK captain Dhoni handed the ball to Dwayne Bravo and asked him to bowl 6 different balls. This trick of Dhoni worked and soon Kohli was out and as soon as he returned to the pavilion, RCB’s batting was shattered.
Bravo took 3 wickets for 24 runs in 4 overs. On the other hand, Shardul Thakur also took 2 wickets for 29 runs. RCB could only manage 156 runs in the last over due to the tight bowling of CSK, while Virat Kohli (53) and Devdutt Padikkal (70) put on 111 runs for the first wicket.
Bravo proved to be a masterstroke against Virat: Dhoni
After the end of the match, CSK captain Dhoni praised Bravo fiercely. He said that the good thing is that Bravo is fit and is bowling well. I call him my brother and we always fight about whether he should bowl slower. But now everyone knows that Bravo often bowls slow. So I asked him to bowl 6 different deliveries against Kohli in the over. Everyone knows what happened after that.
‘Jadeja’s spell was crucial’
Dhoni further said that we were worried about the dew and we saw that last season. RCB got off to a great start and the pitch slowed down a bit after the eighth or ninth over. The way Padikkal was batting from one end, Jadeja’s spell was very important. I told Moin to be ready to bowl from one end during drinks. But then I changed my mind. I decided Bravo should bowl. Because the longer they were brought, the more trouble would have increased. Because then they would have to bowl 4 overs together. Our move was successful.
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Virat’s wicket was important for me: Bravo
Bravo with three wickets was adjudged the player of the match. He said after the match that IPL is the toughest tournament. Some day your trick works and some day it doesn’t. Virat’s wicket was very important. I just wanted to keep it simple. As I said, preparation is important for me. I practice different balls apart from the slow ball in the nets and it has worked.
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CSK reached the top
After this win, CSK has reached the top of the points table ahead of Delhi Capitals in terms of Net Run Rate (NNR). For RCB, things are getting a little tougher, and they will have to get back on the winning path very soon, as the rest of the teams are not far behind them.
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