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IPL 2022: Uthappa, Dube help CSK post 210/7 against Lucknow Super Giants (Ld)

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Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Defending champions Chennai Super Kings rode on a breezy half-century by veteran Robin Uthappa and a fine 49 by local lad Shivam Dube to post 210/7 against Lucknow Super Giants in their second match of the IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium here on Thursday.

Uthappa, promoted to the opener’s slot after CSK decided to drop New Zealand’s Devon Conway after he failed to click in the first match, provided CSK a superb start as he tore into Avesh Khan, Dushmantha Chameera and Andrew Tye, despite losing his opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad early.

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He found an able ally in English all-rounder Moeen Ali (35), who was playing his first match of this IPL edition after reaching India late due to visa issues. They added 50 runs for the second wicket in quick time as CSK crossed 50 in fifth over and were 73/1 at the end of the powerplay.

Dube capitalised on the platform provided by Uthappa, blasted a couple of huge sixes off the pacers as CSK went from strength to strength. He added 50 runs for the fourth wicket with Ambati Rayudu (27) runs and with skipper Ravindra Jadeja (17) and his predecessor MS Dhoni landing a couple of lusty blows late in the innings, CSK managed to cross the 200-run mark.

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Earlier, Uthappa gave CSK a flying start they were hoping for as he blasted three boundaries off Avesh Khan in his opening over. He handed Dushmantha Chameera in the same fashion, hitting the Sri Lankan pacer for a four and six in his first over.

Even though Ruturaj Gaikwad, who was one of the players retained by CSK following his brilliant batting last season, failed to click for the second successive match and proved the first breakthrough for Lucknow Super Giants, as he run out as he stepped out for a run after a massive appeal lbw. Ravi Bishnoi caught him short with a direct hit.

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Uthappa continued in the same vein as he completed his 50 off 25 deliveries, hitting Avesh for a six in his second over and dispatching Andrew Tye for a couple of hits to the boundary. Uthappa added 50 runs for the second wicket with Moeen Ali (35), who too struck four boundaries and two sixes during his 22-ball stay at the wicket.

Dube continued where Uthappa left off, hitting a couple of massive sixes and five fours, contributing 49 runs off 30 balls as he made the most of batting in his hometown.

In the end the platform set up by Uthappa and Dube helped CSK cross the 200-run mark.

But the question foremost on everyone’s mind now is whether that will be enough to defend with the dew impacting their bowling.

Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 210/7 in 20 overs (Robin Uthappa 50, Moeen Ali 35, Shivam Dube 49; Bishnoi 2/24, Andrew Tye 2/41, Avesh Khan 2/38) against Lucknow Super Giants.

–IANS

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