With a six-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Chennai Super Kings further strengthened their position at the top of the VIVO IPL 2018 points table. While Ravindra Jadeja (3/18) and Harbhajan Singh (2/22) restricted RCB to 127 for nine to set-up the game for the hosts in Pune; Amabati Rayudu once again played a valuable knock with Suresh Raina to shape the chase. MS Dhoni then took the team to the finish line with Dwayne Bravo. The CSK skipper clobbered Yuzvendra Chahal for three sixes in an over to overhaul the target with two overs to spare.
After, CSK elected to bowl, Lungi Ngidi accounted for Brendon McCullum with nine runs on the board. While Parthiv Patel, playing his first game of the tournament anchored the innings with a well compiled half-century, the spinners wrecked the RCB line-up. RCB lost wickets in a heap after Jadeja dismantled Virat Kohli’s stumps with 47 on the board. In the following over, lightening quick Dhoni stumped AB de Villiers off Harbhajan.
Mandeep Singh was the next to return to the pavilion; hitting Jadeja towards backward square-leg. Patel too departed hitting the ball back to Jadeja in his next over. With M Ashwin being stumped off Harbhajan in the next over, RCB were 85 for six. With Colin de Grandhomme and Umesh Yadav following him back into the dug out, RCB were tottering at 89 for eight in the 16th over. Tim Southee then launched into the CSK attack to take the team past the three-figure mark with Mohammed Siraj. The lower-order bat smashed 36 off 26 to set the opposition a modest target.
Although Yadav accounted for Shane Watson early on to leave CSK on 18 for one, Rayudu and Raina set the course on chase with a 44-run stand. The duo were cruising along when the left-handed bat departed holing out to long-on where Southee took a superb catch with 62 on board. Sixteen runs later, the opener was sent back by M Ashwin and Dhruv Shorey followed him back to the dressing room leaving the team on 80 for four. Dhoni and Bravo then chased down the target with ease.
Standout batting performance
Patel’s 53 off 41 balls helped RCB post a total while the rest of the batsmen failed against the CSK attack. The left-handed opener garnered runs with relative ease to keep the innings in the fray. He dispatched Willey over long-on for six and Nigdi too was dismissed over the fence a bit later. Playing his first game of the season, the experienced campaigner impressed with his stroke-play.
Rayudu, who has been in peak form once again played a crucial knock ensuring that CSK maintain the advantage provided by the bowlers. He collected 32 runs off 25 deliveries as he partnered with Raina in an effort to close in on the target. He slammed Southee for a six and four over mid-wicket and followed with another hit to the fence as he dominated the bowlers.
Notable supporting act - batting
Dhoni, the CSK captain once again finished the game for his team with panache. With Bravo, he milked the visitors to keep the innings on course. With 22 runs required off 18 balls, he attacked Chahal. The spinner was sent sailing over mid-wicket and following a no-ball, he was once again dispatched for a six. What followed was another six to bring the team within two runs of victory.
Standout bowling performance
With his first-ball, Jadeja claimed the RCB captain to give his side a vital breakthrough. He then followed up with the wicket of Mandeep Singh to push RCB further on the back-foot. He tipped the balance in CSK’s favour by claiming Patel, who had single-handedly kept the innings afloat.
RCB 127/9 in 20 overs (P Patel 53, T Southee 36*, R Jadeja 3/18, Harbhajan 2/22) lost to CSK 128/4 in 18 overs (A Rayudu 32, MS Dhoni 31*, U Yadav 2/15) by 6 wickets
Man of the Match – Ravindra Jadeja for his 3/18.