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The Chennai Super Kings romped home by eight wickets while chasing the 155-run target set by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Fuelled by Faf du Plessis (54*) and MS Dhoni’s (49*) timely knocks, the Men in Yellow did not flinch during a very fluent run-chase. While CSK have already qualified for the Pepsi IPL 2014 Playoffs, this sizable win would definitely help their net run-rate as the second spot in the league standings is still up for grabs.
Earlier, CSK asked RCB to bat first and dealt an early blow as Ashish Nehra cleaned up Rilee Rossouw in the first over itself. And while Yogesh Takawale and Vijay Zol tried to stabilise the innings, they also had to return to the dugout after making brief contributions. While R Ashwin trapped Takawale (19) leg-before in the fifth over, Zol (13) was dismissed by Mohit Sharma just before the powerplay ended, leaving RCB on 34 for three in 5.4 overs.
Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh then came together and took their team’s score to 56 at the halfway stage. The pair then stepped on the pedal and went after any loose offerings from the CSK bowlers while also picking regular singles and twos. However, Yuvraj (25) fell prey to Jadeja in the 14th over. AB de Villiers then paired up with his skipper, and thanks to their efforts, the RCB 100 came up in the 15th over of the innings, thereby setting a decent platform for both set batsmen to launch off.
They did continue scoring at a fair clip in an attempt to set CSK a challenging total .In fact, Kohli even brought up his half-century with a four off Ashwin in the 17th over. But he lost de Villiers’ company in the next over as Nehra returned to clean up the South African batsman in the next over. Sachin Rana (5*) then came to bat with the scorecard reading 130 for five in 17.4 overs. He held up one end as Kohli (73) piled on the runs at the other. However, the RCB captain was dismissed in the final over by Nehra, as RCB scored 154 for six in their 20 overs.
Dwayne Smith and Faf du Plessis then gave CSK a flying start. After a relatively quiet first over, the dashing duo plundered 15, 15 and 18 runs off the second, third and fourth overs respectively. In the process they also took their team past the 50-run mark. And while the home team caught a break when Smith’s (34) 17-ball cameo came to an end in the fifth over, CSK still posted 64 runs in the powerplay as du Plessis was joined by Suresh Raina. The second-wicket pair added 28 runs, before Yuvraj had Raina (18) stumped against the run of play. And by the halfway mark, RCB had managed pull CSK back a bit with the scorecard reflecting 87 for two.
But du Plessis continued to capitalise on the good start he had got, and along with MS Dhoni, he soon brought up the CSK 100 in the 14th over. Even the CSK skipper cranked it up a notch and played a key role in scoring 22 runs off the 16th over of the innings. Thanks to that onslaught, CSK needed just 21 runs off the final 24 balls. They then knocked off the remaining runs in just 10 deliveries, as du Plessis (53*) struck the winning six, which also brought up his half-century. Meanwhile, Dhoni (49*), whose 28-ball knock saw him strike four fours and three sixes, barely missed out on a fifty.
As a result, CSK have 18 points from their 14 games. While they are currently placed second in the points table, the outcome of the KKR-SRH game will decide who among the Super Kings and Knight Riders ends up in the top two, along with KXIP, who have already clinched the top spot.
Man of the Match: MS Dhoni for his match-winning performance
Despite some late heroics by the likes of Brad Hodge and James Faulkner, the Rajasthan Royals ended up losing their away match against Kings XI Punjab by 16 runs. By virtue of this result, RR (14 points, 4th place), Mumbai Indians (12 points, 5th place) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (12 points, 6th place) are still in the running for the last available Pepsi IPL 2014 Playoffs spot. Meanwhile, KXIP (20 points) are guaranteed a top finish in the league stage thanks to this win.
Earlier, Shane Watson asked KXIP to bat first at Mohali after winning the toss. Virender Sehwag (18) came out with a destructive intent as he helped plunder 15 runs off the first over of the game. And while the senior opener struck three fours and a maximum during his eight-ball innings, James Faulkner got rid of him in the third over itself. Shaun Marsh then joined Manan Vohra, and the duo made a fluent start, taking KXIP to 53 for one by the end of the powerplay. However, Vohra (25) was run out a short while later, just when he was looking in good touch.
Meanwhile, Marsh continued to routinely dispatch the RR bowlers to and over the fence. Wriddhiman Saha gave him great company as KXIP clocked in 83 runs for the loss of two wickets by the halfway point. The pair then brought up their team’s 100 in the 12th over. However, Marsh (40) walked back to the dugout, courtesy a run-out, leaving KXIP on 113 for three. And six runs later, Saha (27) also departed, after he holed out to Ajinkya Rahane off Rahul Tewatia.
This brought the hard-hitting David Miller (29*) and KXIP skipper George Bailey (26*) together. After playing out a couple of overs, the duo stepped on the pedal and took the RR bowlers to the cleaners in the death. They scored a total of 46 runs in the final three overs – including 23 off the 19th over of the innings – to propel the KXIP score to 179 for four.
In response, Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair (11) opened the RR innings. However, the latter was dismissed by Lakshmipathy Balaji with just 21 runs on the board. But Rahane rallied on as he was joined by Sanju Samson. Both batters steadied the innings initially and took the visitors’ score to 44 for one by the end of the powerplay. But then, Rishi Dhawan dealt a massive double-blow in the ninth over; he first cleaned up Rahane (23), and on the very next delivery, he meted out the exact same treatment to Shane Watson (0). Even Stuart Binny’s (7) stay in the middle was brief – debutant Karanveer Singh foxed him with his leg-spin, leaving RR tottering on 70 for four in 11.1 overs.
And while Sanju Samson tried to hold up one end, he ended up being Karanveer’s second victim, in the 14th over. Thanks to some exceptional bowling, the 26-year-old Punjab leggie ended up with figures of 4-0-16-2. Tewatia (16) and Brad Hodge then paired up and took the RR score past the 100-run mark in the 16th over. But Tewatia perished in the same over – off the bowling of Akshar Patel. Even Hodge (31), who was looking dangerous and helped plunder a whopping 22 runs off the 17th over, was unable to carry his bat till the end; the veteran batsman was stumped by Saha off the bowling of Akshar Patel in the next over. The KXIP spinner, who ended up with three for 24, then got rid of Kevon Cooper (2) a couple of deliveries later.
With RR needing 49 runs off 12 balls, Faulkner went after Balaji in the 19th over. He struck two sixes and a four to reap a total of 18 runs during that six-ball stretch. RR still needed 31 off the final six deliveries, and while Faulkner (35*) struck two sixes, he could not save his side from a 16-run loss, as RR ended up at 163 for eight in 20 overs.
Man of the Match: Shaun Marsh for his outstanding performance with the bat and in the field