It was not the best game for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against Punjab Kings (PBKS). In match number 11 of this 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) they lost by 54 runs. Shivam Dube was their only bright spot in the batting department as he hit 57 off 30 balls in the game where none of his other teammates even exceeded 25.
CSK started well with the ball and got two early wickets. However, Liam Livingstone’s attack (60 from 32 balls) got Punjab back on track, but CSK recovered well in the second half to limit them to 180/8. The defending champion conceded just 71 runs in the last 10 overs.
But their performance with the bat let them down big time. CSK lost four wickets in the power play and a total of five in the first eight overs as they were reduced to 36/5. Dube walked away to bat at No. 6 (on 4/23) and somewhat kept CSK in the hunt when he was out in the middle. The southpaw continued to hit the limits regularly, even as the asking rate continued to rise.
In the 14th over of the chase, the required run rate had passed 15. But Dube smoked two back-to-back sixes from Kagiso Rabada to keep CSK’s hopes alive. And they were skinny sixes. Dube backed a punch and sent them a long way.
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Rabada missed the yorker on the third ball of the 14th over and Dube took full advantage of that. He rode it long for a massive 97-yard six. The South African pacer changed it on the next throw as he rolled his fingers over the ball, but the length didn’t change and neither did the result. Dube hit an 89-yard six straight into the ground. Even MS Dhoni was impressed by those two sixes.
Former Australian cricketer and current commentator Matthew Hayden even compared him to the legendary Yuvraj Singh. ‘He kind of reminds you of Yuvraj Singh, doesn’t he? High, long handles, clean bat swing,” Hayden asked on the air. But Harsha Bhogle promptly replied that they should probably look at the similarities between Hayden and Dube as they are both tall left-handers.
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After those two sixes, Dube singled and reached his half-century with only 26 balls. However, he was dismissed in the next over as CSK fell to 98/6. CSK could only score 28 more points after Dube’s dismissal as they fell to their third consecutive third game in this 2022 edition.