Chennai Express on timeChase 205 to beat RCB by five wickets with two balls to spare

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Apr 2018 11:07:56



ONCE again the magic of Mahendra Singh Dhoni saw the team through. With four wickets down in nine overs and 132 more needed from 11 overs, it was the pair of Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu that took Chennai Super Kings within reach of the target. And with 45 needed from last three, Dhoni changed gears as the side went past Royal Challengers Bangalore’s challenging 205-8 with two balls and five wickets to spare in their Indian Premier League here Wednesday night.Dhoni hammered seven sixes for his 34-ball unbeaten 70, the last being a trademark match-winning hit over the long-on fence. Rayudu, who was unlucky to get out on a direct hit from Umesh Yadav, made 82 from 53 balls smashing eight sixes and three fours.

The win took them atop the points table with better net run rate.Earlier, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock struck blistering half centuries to propel Royal Challengers Bangalore to 205 for eight. De Villiers smashed 68 off 30 balls, hitting eight sixes and two fours during his onslaught, while de Kock made 53 off 37 deliveries with the help of four sixes and a boundary.RCB’s was a strange innings as it saw two wicket-maiden overs and a triple-wicket final over, which also fetched the home team 14 runs. The middle overs, though, were thoroughly dominated by the batsmen.Invited to bat, RCB were off to a brisk start with de Kock leading the charge initially.
However, CSK got the big wicket of RCB skipper Virat Kohli when Shardul Thakur had him caught at mid-on by a diving Ravindra Jadeja with the score reading 35 at the start of fifth over. Kohli had reached 2000 IPL runs before he was dismissed for 18.

CSK’s joy was short-lived as de Villiers joined forces with compatriot de Kock to flay the visiting team’s bowling attack.Playing shots all around the wicket with consummate ease, the duo of de Villiers and de Kock did not spare any CSK bowlers at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
De Villiers smashed Thakur for three consecutive sixes to bring the home crowd to its feet, even as de Kock played the supporting role to perfection. One of de Villiers’ sixes landed outside the stadium.However, Dwayne Bravo brought some relief to the CSK camp when he had de Kock superbly caught and bowled with a slower ball.The end of a 135-run partnership triggered a collapse of sorts as big fish de Villiers holed out to a short Imran Tahir ball that was going away.

From 138 for one at the start of 14th over, RCB slumped to 142 for four, following which Mandeep Singh (32 of 17 balls) and Washington Sundar (13 off 4) propped up the home team. For CSK, Tahir, Bravo and Thakur picked up two wickets apiece though the Indian went for too many runs.