Not Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis dedicates player of the match award against CSK to…


Faf du Plessis at the post-match presentation ceremony after RCB's victory over CSK© BCCI/Sportzpics




Royal Challengers Bengaluru skipper Faf du Plessis on Saturday dedicated his player of the match award to pacer Yash Dayal, who kept his cool in the final over to seal a 27-run win over Chennai Super Kings in the battle for the final IPL. room for the dams. Du Plessis was voted player of the match for his 54 from 39 balls which, along with Virat Kohli's 47, laid the foundation as RCB posted a solid 218 for five on Saturday evening. CSK needed to score over 200 to qualify and they almost sealed the spot with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja playing hammer and tongs towards the end.

CSK, in fact, needed 17 runs in the final over but Dayal kept his cool despite being hit for a towering six by Dhoni off the first ball to seal the match in the end for the RCB.

“I dedicate the Man of the Match award to Yash Dayal! I told him that running on this wicket was the best option,” Du Plessis said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“What a night! A great atmosphere. It's just a pleasure to end the season in front of the home fans. There was a lot of rain falling on the pitch, and you don't want that humidity. It was like a day – five Test matches in Ranchi!” The threat of rain loomed over the match and there was also a 40-minute rain interruption, but it ultimately didn't matter.

“The contributions of many hitters to good hitting, I'm really proud. We were defending 175 (and not 201 or 218)! We tried to change the ball tonight.

“It's crazy; even when we weren't winning, we had fans here. It was perfectly organized – CSK against RCB! Unbelievable.” CSK skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad said missing key players made a huge difference as they finished fifth in the table.

“I think it was a good wicket to be honest, it was spinning and gripping a bit, but I think 200 on that pitch was achievable. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals, it was a question one or two shots, sometimes it can happen in a T20 match,” he said.

“Pretty happy with the goal, to sum up the season, I'm pretty happy to have seven wins out of 14 games. I just couldn't get over the line in the last two balls.

“With the kind of injuries we've had, the absence of two frontline bowlers, not having (Devon) Conway at the top of the order as well, I think the absence of three key players has makes a huge difference.” Talking about the spate of injuries that affected the team, Gaikwad said, “We had many challenges throughout the first match. Injury to Fizz (Mustafiur Rahman), then injury to (Matheesha) Pathirana as well, he is came back and then Again, Pathirana missed his match When you have injuries, you have to find that balance in the team and choose it (the team) for each match.

“I think this season sums up the fact that we had to tinker with our playing XI, given the injuries and all the illnesses (of the players). Happy with the seven wins, I couldn't get over the line though arrival. Happy with that.

“We got 10 from the last 2 balls in our last knockout match last year, so it was a similar situation, but things didn't go our way (this season),” a- he added.

Gaikwad has been one of the top scorers this season, but he said it didn't matter because he couldn't take the team to the play-offs.

“For me, personal milestones don't really matter, after all, the ultimate goal is to win. If you don't achieve that, it's a disappointment. It doesn't matter whether you score 100 points or 500 to 600 points in a season, I'm disappointed,” he said.

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