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Moeen Ali has played brilliantly at the no 3 spot – Stephen Fleming

By Bet Barter

April 20, 2021

CSK coach Stephen Fleming is nothing but praise for England all-rounder Moeen Ali. Ali was CSK’s most vital player in their victory against RR in IPL 2021. Recently, CSK beat RR by 45 runs in the 12th match of IPL 2021. RR skipper Sanju Samson won the toss and put CSK to bat first. CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad failed to notch a big score, as he was dismissed for just 10 runs. Faf du Plessis was CSK’s best batsman against RR in IPL 2021. In just 17 balls, du Plessis amassed a total of 33 runs. His innings of 33 featured a total of 4 fours and 2 huge sixes. In the end, contributions from Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo guided CSK to a total of 188. Moeen Ali’s crucial contribution of 26 runs played an important part in helping CSK post a defendable total.

In reply, RR could only muster 143, thanks to some brilliant bowling from Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja scalped 2 wickets in 4 overs, conceding just 28 runs in his spell. Jadeja picked up the crucial wicket of Jos Buttler, putting CSK in the driver’s seat in the match against RR. However, Moeen Ali was arguably CSK’s best bowler against RR. In 3 overs, Mooen Ali conceded just 7 runs, averaging less than 3 runs per over. Furthermore, Ali also scalped 3 wickets, dismissing David Miller, Riyan Parag, and Chris Morris. Owing to his brilliant all-around performance, Moeen Ali was awarded the Man of the Match award.

We are really happy with the performance of Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali - Stephen Fleming

Stephen Fleming recently stated that the duo of Ali and Jadeja has strengthened the CSK starting lineup. Clearly, Ali and Jadeja were CSK’s most lethal bowlers against RR in IPL 2021. Fleming added that the inclusion of the duo in CSK’s starting lineup provides a lot of experience in the batting and bowling department. Moreover, Jadeja is also one of the best fielders of modern cricket. Jadeja’s fielding skills were on display against RR when he picked a total of 3 catches in the entire match. Fleming concluded by stating that Moeen Ali’s presence has made quite the difference for CSK. Dhoni and co will expect both Ali and Jadeja to deliver in a similar fashion in the upcoming matches this season.

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