Ambati Rayudu took the catch of the season to dismiss RCB batter Akash Deep. In RCB’s game against CSK on Tuesday (April 12), the IPL’s iconic Southern Derby, RCB were keeping up easily with the required run-rate, managing to canter along at 10 an over despite losing regular wickets. Dinesh Karthik had been batting confidently at that point, but had little support at the other end.
Ravindra Jadeja was bowling the 16th over with Akash Deep on strike. Akash didn’t seem sure of the shot; he poked at a length ball and sent it flying three feet in the air. 36-year-old Rayudu was fielding at short cover, and reacted within a fraction of a second. He dived full-length to his right and plucked the ball out of thin air within inches from the ground. Akash Deep, who’d had a horror outing with ball having conceded 57 runs from his quota, had to go for a duck, while Jadeja picked up his third scalp of the match.
Amazing catch of the IPL Season 2022 – Rayudu CSKpic.twitter.com/ZSVnvvJk0w
— CricketLover07 (@crazycricketae) April 12, 2022
Twitter hails Ambati Rayudu’s low diving catch to dismiss RCB’s Akash Deep
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) April 12, 2022
Ambiti Rayudu just took the catch of the season!!!
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) April 12, 2022
Rayudu getting into that 3D mode.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) April 12, 2022
Rayudu bhai putting youngsters to shame. 🌚😭😭😂😂😂
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) April 12, 2022
Bring Karbonn Kamaal Katch back cause Rayudu garu deserves one for recreating Superman in real time.
— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) April 12, 2022
— Akshay Fulwani (@Akshay_Fulwani) April 12, 2022
How old is Ambati Rayudu ?
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) April 12, 2022
Dadu Rayudu flying at 36 while I'm typing this with back pain
— 21grams (@bettercallgram) April 12, 2022
CSK defeated RCB by 23 runs to notch their first win of IPL 2022. It was a long wait, but it finally came against their nemesis RCB. After Jadeja lost his fourth toss, the men in yellow were sent in to bat first. They started slow, losing Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali early for low scores, but things worked out for the best. Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa both made their career-best scores, adding a record-breaking partnership of 165 from 74 balls. Uthappa was at his vintage best, scoring 88 off 49, and Shivam Dube narrowly missed a century but his 96(49) had already destroyed CSK’s morale.
RCB finally succumbed for 191 for 9, but despite losing wickets at regular intervals kept up with the required run-rate. Their stars Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli scored nine runs between them, but contributions from the middle order kept RCB in the hunt. RCB needed 48 going into the 18th over, which didn’t look impossible given how Dinesh Karthik was batting. Then DK was caught on the boundary for 34 off 12, leaving RCB 9 wickets down and the game finally beyond their reach.