Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012 April 13, 2012

Win can be turning point - du Plessis

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chennai Super Kings opener Faf du Plessis has said the last-ball win against Royal Challengers Bangalore, chasing a target of 206 at Chepauk, was a "turning point" in their campaign. Super Kings, the defending champions, had a poor start to their season, losing two out of their first three games before the dramatic five-wicket win on Thursday.

With Super Kings needing 43 off 12 balls, Albie Morkel launched three sixes, two fours and ran a two in the penultimate over from Virat Kohli, reducing the equation to 15 off the final over. Though Morkel was dismissed, Dwayne Bravo continued hitting boundaries off Vinay Kumar, and Ravindra Jadeja edged the last ball for four to win the game.

That the home side got even that far was down to du Plessis, who dominated an opening partnership of 56 and went on to make 71. After his dismissal, with the score on 128, MS Dhoni kept Super Kings in the game with 41 off 24 balls.

"Games like this you are not supposed to win, we were down and out, we should not have won. That, as a team lifts, you up massively, it gives you confidence. Hopefully that will be the turnaround in our season," du Plessis said. "We actually said this is going to be the turning point, so it gives us massive confidence in the games to come. Bangalore is a good team, so to beat them like that was fantastic."

Du Plessis said Super Kings' early defeats in the season were because of poor starts, which did not happen against Royal Challengers. "We needed a good start. In the three other games we lost a wicket in the first over, so it was just to get a start. We analysed the wicket and said it was a good wicket, there wasn't much spin, which was the key for us as they've [Royal Challengers] got fantastic spinners. If it started to spin in the second innings, then it really would have been tough."

Muttiah Muralitharan, who took 3 for 21 in his four overs, said Royal Challengers had made costly errors. "They played well and we made some mistakes, which is why they won off the last ball," he said. "We had about 40 runs [in last two overs]. We thought even if they get 20 runs off Virat, they will have 20 runs to get. Unfortunately that over went for 29 runs, so they had about 15 runs to get [off the last over]."

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  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Atlast Great opener for CSK after Hayden

  • Crikee on April 13, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    this was easily the best run-chase i have ever seen. i have supported csk since ipl 1, and have watched them play like champions from the very start. this goes a very long way to show their great team spirit and team work.

  • hari040761 on April 13, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    DUPLI REFLECTED WHAT TOLD BY ME THAT IF NO LOSS AT THE END OF POWER PLAY LOT OF THINGS WILL RUN INTO BOWLING SIDE MIND AND MAY OPT OF EARLIER TIME OUT OR PART TIMERS MAY COME IN TO BREAK THE PARTNERSHIP. ONE THING DUPLI SHOULD TAKE CARE OF IS RUNNING BETWEEN THE WICKETS AND JUDGEMENT OF QUICK SINGLES.SINCE THE CROWD NOISE IS VERY HIGH BATSMEN SHOULD BE VERY VERY WATCHFUL DURING CALLS.

  • dummy4fb on April 13, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Not sure whether Mr.Cricketcan replace Faf Du Plessis...let us see... So far du plessis did a splendid job for CSK...

  • RogerC on April 13, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Is there any way CSK can take Murali back? I am sure he will enjoy his IPL even more in CSK atmosphere.

  • sandy_bangalore on April 13, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    I absolutely love this guy! Great fielder and can smash the ball, without appearing to slog.A star in the making. Big fan from India

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