The 22nd match of the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League is currently underway at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, where the Chennai Super Kings are taking on the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the first time this season. CSK and RCB are two of the most popular teams in the tournament’s history. Many fans thought RCB would dominate tonight, but the duo of Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube had other plans.
Opening the innings for the Chennai Super Kings, Uthappa played the best knock of his IPL career, scoring 88 runs off just 50 balls. He smacked four fours and nine sixes in his entertaining innings. His strike rate was 176, and he had a magnificent 165-run third-wicket partnership with left-handed batter Shivam Dube.
Shivam scored 95 runs in the first innings of the match. The Chennai Super Kings star had an opportunity to register his maiden IPL hundred, but he fell short by five runs. He had one ball and needed six runs. Dube went for a big shot, but the ball did not cross the boundary. He got only one run as Faf du Plessis dropped the catch.
Talking with the host broadcasters after the first innings, Dube said:
“Just keeping it simple. Nothing special. Just watching the ball. I’m used to this ground, so I was just trying to be disciplined in my batting. (On what MSD said to him before the final ball) Just keep calm and keep watching the ball. Nothing else. (On dew) It’s still pretty dry today. That’s good for us.”
Twitter reacts as Robin Uthappa destroys his former team in IPL 2022
Once upon a time, Uthappa used to play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. But now he is playing for rival team Chennai Super Kings, and playing against RCB, he played the best knock of his career. Here’s how the fans on Twitter reacted to his stupendous performance:
Beast Uthappa has landed. #IPL2022
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 12, 2022
Thankyou for the entertainment Robin Uthappa 😭♥🔥
Such a delight to watch him hit those long boundaries 😍💥#CSKvRCB #CSK #IPL2022 @robbieuthappa pic.twitter.com/aWdEKgcIV2
— Loser 🥰 (@FadhilFareez) April 12, 2022Advertisement
Robin Uthappa to every bowler : #CSKvsRCB pic.twitter.com/fnDOI67M5G
— Yash (@Yashrajput027) April 12, 2022Advertisement
Chennai Super Kings scored 155 runs in last 10 overs – thanks Dube and Uthappa.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 12, 2022Advertisement
What a knock by Robin Uthappa – 88 (49). One of the finest knocks by him in IPL, total madness. He was on 24 (23), scored 64 runs in 26 balls. pic.twitter.com/ATApoKA8oB
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 12, 2022Advertisement
Robin Uthappa you Beauty. Showing class and experience!
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 12, 2022Advertisement
Take a bow, Uthappa 🙇♂🔥 pic.twitter.com/FrUmR7U90M
— CSK Fans Army™ 🦁 (@CSKFansArmy) April 12, 2022Advertisement
Well pld Uthappa 👊💥#CSKvsRCB
— 🎭 .BRB._.A.D2209…🏇 (@KSMB77) April 12, 2022Advertisement
I love Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa. 🫂
— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) April 12, 2022Advertisement
Instances of 2 batsmen hitting 8+ Sixes in an IPL innings
Kohli-de Villiers vs GL (2016)
Kohli-Gayle vs PBKS (2016)
Uthappa-Dube vs RCB (2022)*#CSKvRCBAdvertisement
— The Cricket Panda (@TheCricketPanda) April 12, 2022