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CSK is the team to beat in IPL 2021: Brian Lara

By Bet Barter

April 29, 2021

CSK is enjoying their outing in IPL 2021 so far. Playing a total of 6 matches so far this season, CSK has won 5 matches. Owing to their consistency this season, former West Indian cricketer Brian Lara feels that CSK is the team to beat. The West Indian legend stated that CSK is the most balanced team in the IPL this year. As per Lara, some brilliant all-rounder contributions from the Men in Yellow are the reason CSK has been so successful in the IPL this year. After defeating SRH recently, CSK climbed back to the top of the IPL 2021 points table. Just like CSK, RCB has also won 5 out of 6 matches in IPL 2021 so far. However, CSK has a comparatively better net run rate than RCB.

SRH and CSK locked horns in the 23rd match of IPL 2021. SRH skipper David Warner won the toss and put CSK to field first. In 20 overs, SRH managed to post a total of 171 on the board at a loss of 3 wickets. Warner was SRH’s highest run-scorer, amassing 57 off 55 balls. In reply, CSK posted a total of 173 in the 18th over, winning the match with 7 wickets in hand. Ruturaj Gaikwad was the chief architect behind SRH’s loss against CSK. In just 44 balls, the 24-year old amassed an impressive 75 runs. For his brilliant batting performance, Gaikwad was adjudged Man of the Match. CSK opener Faf du Plessis is now the Orange cap holder in IPL 2021. In 6 matches, du Plessis has 270 runs to his name in IPL 2021. The CSK opener overtook Shikhar Dhawan, who has 265 runs in 6 matches for DC.

Once CSK’s top 3 get going, it is quite difficult to stop them - Brian Lara

The signing of Moeen Ali has yielded fruit for the CSK side. Batting at no 3 for CSK, Moeen Ali has 148 runs in 5 matches in IPL 2021 so far. Moreover, Ali has also impressed with the ball. In 6 matches, Ali has 4 wickets to his name, conceding runs at a miser economy of 6.64. Brian Lara further added to his statement by stating that CSK’s top 3 are capable of chasing any target. Even if the CSK top order fails to deliver, they have a tremendous middle order, with players such as Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, and MS Dhoni ready to bat next.

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